The Socorro Lady Warriors pose with their state runner-up trophy after falling 4–1 to St. Michaels in the state championship at the UNM Track and Field and Soccer Complex on April 8.
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Chailynn Amaro makes a save during the first half of the state championship game.
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The Socorro Lady Warriors soccer team traveled to Albuquerque on April 8 to compete in the Fuddruckers State Soccer Championship where they fell 4–1 to the St. Michael’s Lady Horsemen.
“We got off late, simple,” Socorro head coach Michael Olguin, Jr. said. “We were outplayed. They are a very, very skilled team. You can tell they wanted it. They did everything they needed to do today — executed when they needed to, made plays when they needed to. Their goalie had a heck of a game and saved at least three goals on us. Unfortunately, they were the better team today.”
The championship was hosted at the UNM Track and Field and Soccer Complex.
“It was super nice,” Olguin said. “We wanted to get here a little bit early so they could enjoy the environment. They got to play at a big stadium and it was a real treat for all of us.”
Socorro’s only goal of the game came with 7:52 left to play in the second half when freshman Faith Lucero took a shot from outside of the box to the top middle of the net.
“It was a corner kick,” Olguin said. “The ball came out to her and she was in a good position. She maintained control and she shot it. It was another one of the shots that we had before, but this time the goalie couldn’t get up in time and it went in. She was in a good position and took a perfect shot and it went in.”

Socorro Lady Warrior Karen Leon kicks the ball while being guarded by a St. Michael’s player during the Lady Warriors’ 4–1 loss in the state championship on April 8.
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St. Michael’s first goal of the game came with 31:41 left in the first half when senior Rachel Morgan scored from the left side of the box to the bottom middle of the net.
Three minutes later, Elsa Ranney Smith extended the Lady Horsemen’s lead to two when she took a shot to the bottom left side of the net from inside of the box.
Morgan added another goal to the board less than seven minutes into the second half with a shot right in front of the net.
The Lady Horsemen’s final goal of the game was scored with 25 minutes left in the game when Olivia Farrah took a shot at close range after a corner kick.