Horse­men roll be­fore hec­tic fi­nal week

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The St. Michael’s Horse­men spent 40 min­utes pre­par­ing for a hec­tic fin­ish to the 2017 boys soc­cer sea­son. The re­sults were en­cour­ag­ing. St. Michael’s scored seven goals in the sec­ond half to oblit­er­ate host Questa 9-0 in a Dis­trict 2-1A/4A match Thurs­day.

The Horse­men had only two play­ers on the bench, but their head coach, Mike Feldew­ert, jug­gled the lineup for the first half. Then, St. Michael’s went to work af­ter the break.

“We took it to them in the sec­ond half,” Feldew­ert said. “That was con­sid­ered a tune-up for next week, and that was how we wanted to go into it.”

St. Michael’s (8-6-2 over­all, 5-3 in 2-1A/4A) faces a whirl­wind fi­nal week of the reg­u­lar sea­son, with four dis­trict matches that be­gin with a home bat­tle against leader Santa Fe Prep on Mon­day. Then comes a trip to Taos on Wed­nes­day to fin­ish a match from last week that reached the 38th minute be­fore it was sus­pended.

The fol­low­ing day is another road trip to Las Ve­gas Robert­son be­fore fin­ish­ing the sea­son with a home match against Taos on Oct. 21. The state tour­na­ment seed­ing and se­lec­tion meet­ing is Oct. 22.

Feldew­ert said win­ning three of four will be cru­cial to­ward his team’s chances of at least a top-3 dis­trict fin­ish and a spot in the state tour­na­ment.

“We’re go­ing to play as if we have to win each game,” Feldew­ert said, “es­pe­cially if we want to se­cure a spot and have a good shot at sec­ond in the dis­trict.”

Sam Baca moved up from his de­fen­sive po­si­tion to record a hat trick, while Wes­ley Reynolds had a pair of goals. Wes­ley Gra­ham, Hay­den Lee, Berkley Reynolds and Jus­tice John­son each had a goal to cap the scor­ing.

St. Michael’s also as­sisted on six goals on the day.

TAOS 2, MONTE DEL SOL 0

The Dragons started to show they could pass the ball well enough to set up good op­por­tu­ni­ties, but their abil­ity to turn shots into goals eluded them in a 2-1A/4A match at Eco Park.

It was a score­less match at the half be­fore the Tigers (4-8-2, 5-3) got two shots past Monte del Sol goal­keeper Noel Puentes.

“It was a bet­ter per­for­mance com­pared to how we used to play,” Dragons head coach Fritz Roth­dach. “In the be­gin­ning of the sea­son, we more or less re­lied on the long shot and some peo­ple hav­ing to do ev­ery­thing. We’ve tried to coach and teach them bet­ter, and now they are mov­ing the ball around.”

Monte del Sol (6-9-1, 3-6) has a home match Satur­day against Desert Academy at 3 p.m. at the Mu­nic­i­pal Re­cre­ation Com­plex rugby field.

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