Early deficit fires up Drag­ons

Santa Fe New Mexican - - SPORTS -

Noth­ing can sober up a soc­cer team bet­ter than a 2-0 deficit.

The Monte del Sol Drag­ons faced that in the open­ing min­utes Fri­day of a Dis­trict 1-1A/3A boys soc­cer match at Moreno Val­ley in An­gel Fire, but all it did was wake them up. The Drag­ons re­sponded by outscor­ing the Tim­ber­wolves for a 7-3 win. That keeps Monte del Sol (9-3-1 over­all) atop the dis­trict at 6-0 and sets up a matchup with Tierra En­can­tada on Oct. 18 that could de­ter­mine the dis­trict cham­pion and an au­to­matic spot in the Class 1A/3A State Tour­na­ment.

It al­most looked like the Drag­ons were go­ing to lose their dis­trict lead against Moreno Val­ley.

“It was like, ‘What is go­ing on?’ ” Monte del Sol head coach Fritz Roth­dach said.

Monte del Sol wasn’t helped by the ab­sence of Pe­dro Chavez, who Roth­dach elected to sit as he dealt with a shoul­der in­jury. But the Drag­ons bat­tled back with a sin­gle goal each from Joel Puentes and Clay Ariz­mendi to tie the score at the half. Then came a five-goal out­burst in the sec­ond half, high­lighted by a pair of goals by Axel Lo­coya and Bran­don Quin­tero.

“Other peo­ple had to pick up the slack,” Roth­dach said. “That was good. For me as a coach, I see that as a pos­i­tive.”

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