Bosque girls top San­dia Prep

St. Pius boys clinch District 5-5A cham­pi­onship

Albuquerque Journal - - SPORTS - BY JAMES YODICE JOUR­NAL STAFF WRITER

This was a Gray-area kind of vic­tory for the Bosque School girls soc­cer pro­gram.

Se­nior for­ward Geneviene Gray’s 31st goal of the sea­son, a beau­ti­fully placed — if some­what ac­ci­den­tal — shot from just in­side the 18-yard box in the 76th minute was the dif­fer­ence for No. 2-ranked Bosque School on Thurs­day af­ter­noon as the vis­it­ing Bob­cats beat No. 3 San­dia Prep 2-1 in a first-place show­down in District 5-1A/4A.

Bosque (13-4-2 over­all) im­proved to 6-1 in district and over­took the Sun­dev­ils (11-7, 5-1) for first place in that league.

It had been 23 months since San­dia Prep last dropped a game to a school in its own clas­si­fi­ca­tion.

“In years gone by,” Bosque coach Ja­cob Cortez said, “we haven’t had the ath­letes. This year, we have the ath­letes to play with them.”

The Bob­cats are a team with only two se­niors.

Gray, who has been a var­sity ath­lete for five sea­sons, is one of the two. The game-win­ner de­vel­oped un­ex­pect­edly, she said. It wasn’t even sup­posed to be a shot.

“It all hap­pened in a blur,” said Gray, who scored more than 50 goals as a ju­nior and who plans to sign with Di­vi­sion III Pomona (Calif.) Col­lege in Fe­bru­ary. “I was try­ing to get a cross in, but the way I hit it, it just curved into the net.”

Ky­era Hausen­fleck-Chavez, in the 16th minute for Bosque School, and Skyler Gee, in the 21st minute for San­dia Prep, had the first-half goals in this game.

Gray was un­der close scruitiny from the Sun­dev­ils, as she is most ev­ery game.

“They man-marked her both games,” Cortez said, a ref­er­ence to the schools’ first district meet­ing at Bosque, a 1-0 tri­umph for the Sun­dev­ils. “And she still man­aged to get loose. We’re con­fi­dent that not one girl is able to catch her.”

De­spite Thurs­day’s vic­tory, the chances are high that Bosque and San­dia Prep will fin­ish in a two-way

tie for first place in the district. The Bob­cats play Santa Fe In­dian on Tues­day; the Sun­dev­ils face East Moun­tain on Tues­day and SFIS a week from to­day, both on the road.

Prob­a­bly, goal dif­fer­en­tial against the other three teams in the district, which also in­cludes Ber­nalillo, will be­come the de­cid­ing fac­tor.

Thurs­day was San­dia Prep’s fi­nal reg­u­lar-sea­son home game, and Bosque was spoiled se­nior day for the Sun­dev­ils.

“They’ve got to get some grit in their teeth and some dirt un­der their nails now,” San­dia Prep coach Gina Cormier said of her team.

Also Thurs­day, Cleve­land’s girls belted Ci­bola 4-0, as the Storm (16-1 over­all, 5-1 in District 1-6A) re­mained tied for first place in the district.

Vol­cano Vista (12-4, 5-1) downed Rio Ran­cho 3-1 on Thurs­day.

The Hawks and Storm close the reg­u­lar sea­son against each other a week from Satur­day at Vol­cano Vista.

BOYS: St. Pius’ 3-0 win Thurs­day over Los Lu­nas clinched the District 5-5A cham­pi­onship for the Sar­tans (10-3-4, 7-0).

In 1-6A, Cleve­land downed Ci­bola 3-1 and Rio Ran­cho blanked Vol­cano Vista 2-0, as the Storm and Rams re­main dead­locked for first place with 4-1-1 records. Both have two games re­main­ing in the league.

The state tour­na­ment brack­ets will be an­nounced in all classes Oct. 22.

GREG SOR­BER/JOUR­NAL

Bosque’s Ky­era Hausen­fleck-Chavez (1) cel­e­brates af­ter scor­ing a goal against San­dia Prep on Thurs­day.

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