Senior Alex Olguin making her way downfield against the St.Michael’s defense during a well-fought playoff matchup.
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The season has come to an end for the Lady Warriors soccer team.

The team was one win away from going to the state championships after winning the previous Saturday against the Rehoboth Lady Lynx 8-1. Despite playing at home, the St. Michael’s Lady Horsemen came to town and left with a 4-2 victory that finished off Socorro for 2021. This was a revenge game, as Socorro defeated St. Michael’s in the regular season with a narrow 1-0 victory.

“They took advantage of our mistakes,” head coach Michael Olguin said. “These teams were evenly matched and they took advantage of us. But anybody here saw what these girls are all about every single year. It’s unfortunate to be on the losing end of things tonight.”

Pregame, coaches from both teams had private huddles behind the benches. Lady Warriors assistant coach Amanda Saenz reminded the players of what happened in 2020. “Remember how losing last year felt!”

Lady Warriors senior Elise Madril had her work cut out for her with the Lady Horsemen in attack mode all afternoon.

The action was fast from the start. Senior goalkeeper Chailynn Amaro was under duress early with the Lady Horsemen in attack mode. Amaro kept the goal clean early with several diving saves. Physical play was also an early theme with Lady Warriors senior Elise Madril being shaken up on defense after a contested ball toward Socorro’s goal.

Junior Grace Sandoval was the first to find the back of the net for the Lady Horsemen from a shot outside of the box. Socorro was ready for a fight. Senior Lola Apodaca had a quick strike minutes later for the home team.

Amaro had her hands full on goal. She made multiple diving saves, but it was not enough.

“I tried to watch where I am in the goal,” she said. “Not giving them too much space in the goal is what I try to do when they are coming at me. Me and my teammates put everything on the line just like every game.”

Position scores became the story of the game once the teams settled in. Lady Warriors junior Gabrielle Farrar managed to find a deflection score during a goal kick. Lady Warriors Bryanda Leon followed that up with a corner kick of her own to tie things up 2-2.

In the second half, it was all St Mike’s. Sophomore Elsa Ranney Smith and junior Farrah Baker made their way through the Socorro defense as the game came to an end.

Lady Horsemen head coach Alfonso Camarena was celebrating on the field with his players as well as fans. The win sends the team to the state championships.

“This is a dream come true,” Camarena said. “We’ve been working so hard all season. These girls deserve it. Socorro is a wonderful team and they played their hearts out tonight. Mentally and emotionally this team is very strong. My only concern was having to come here and face Socorro which is as tough a team as we have faced. But going into the tournament all we can do is prepare just like we did here tonight.”

The Lady Warriors end its 2021 season with a 18-4 record. The Lady Warriors were a perfect 6-0 in A/3A district play with three double digit 10-0 wins against Grants, Belen and Monte Del Sol Charter along the way. St. Michael’s were scheduled to travel to the State Championships presented by Fuddrucker’s for an evening game against Sandia Prep on Nov. 4.