Senior Bryanda Leon taking the deep into Dragons territory.
Greg Byrd | El Defensor Chieftain photos


For the third time this season the Lady Warriors dominated with a double-digit win on October 23. Socorro shut out the Monte Del Sol Charter Lady Dragons, winning 10-0.

It was a windy evening when the teams kicked things off at 6 p.m. The weather clearly wasn’t much of a factor. Senior forward Lola Apodaca came out with a purpose, scoring quick early goals. The second came off a long run as she maneuvered through the defense. After barely missing wide right Apodaca scored once again to make it 3-0.

After that spurt the other Lady Warriors got it going. Senior Elise Madril connected on a short, easy shot. Then senior Bryanda Leon broke away with a purpose toward the box that had Lady Dragons goalkeeper Araceli Pena on her heels in the goal.

Senior Lola Apodaca was constantly hustling to inbound the ball.

Pena did have a nice save to the left off a place kick by senior Karen Leon but the rebound had the Lady Warriors swarming to make it 5-0. Another senior, Jasmine Carothers, found net with a dart kick to make it 6-0. The Lady Warriors had 9 goals in the first half alone that gave the senior girls more time to rest in the second half. Other than junior Alana Romero, who had one goal, two assists, and four points, six of the seven players that had all of the points on the stat sheet at the end of the day were seniors.

Mia Tenorio had one assist, Lola Apodaca had three goals. Elise Madril had two goals and three assists. Karen Leon had one goal. Bryanda Leon came out with a pair of goals and assists. And Jasmine Carothers had a goal.

Parents were all smiles on the sidelines. Teresa Mounyo was having fun and braving the wind to cheer on the team, in particular Kilee Mounyo.

“The girls have been playing outstanding,” she said. “I see them working together. I’ve been a team parent for five years and it’s been wonderful. They’re coached well and they’re a great group of girls. I can’t say enough about them.”

After the game head coach Michael Olguin got the girls together to congratulate them on their effort.

“Coming to the end of the season the camaraderie of this team has been amazing,” he said “It’s always great to get a win but we also had ten seniors going so it was one of those emotional nights. They played great. Now just want to continue to work on our passing, communication, and finishing. The simple things. We’ve just gotta make sure we’re heading into the quarter-finals.”

The Lady Warriors will play its final game at home on October 30 at 5 p.m. against the Rehoboth Christian Lady Lynx. They find out playoff standings shortly afterward.

NM Class A/3A District Standings:

  1. Socorro; 17-3.
  2. Sandia Prep; 15-3-1.
  3. St. Michael’s; 13-4.