Taos Tigers boys varsity soccer building momentum for a playoff push
The scoreboard only told one half of the story of the
0-7 Taos Tigers loss to the Los Alamos Hilltoppers Thursday
It was, in fact, a fairly balanced match between the Tigers and the Hilltoppers until a defensive breakdown allowed the Hilltoppers to build a 5 score lead against Taos in the middle of the first half.
Besides that 10-minute stretch, the game looked similar to the tie between the two clubs 10 days earlier. The Tigers, who have played well all season, are currently ranked No. 5 in the 4A district, according to the website Max Preps. The 0-7 loss against Los Alamos is only the Tigers’ second on the season.
The Tigers found their winning ways again in their routing of Grants on Saturday. The final score was 10-0.
By scoring five goals in each half, the Tigers began their playoff push effectively. The two Tigers forwards scored with clinical effectiveness this weekend. Senior Patrick Penso scored a hat trick (3) and one assist while eighth-grader Alex Waggoner drilled five goals and added two assists. It was a big day for the Tigers to show up and deliver a quality performance on both sides of the pitch.
The 12-2-1 Tigers remain playoff hopeful, with the opportunity to earn a bye in the first round. The Tigers have one home game remaining when this article went to press Wednesday (Oct. 23). They will battle against the Pojoaque Valley Elks Tuesday (Oct. 23) and then the Moriarty Pintos today (Oct. 25).
Moriarty likely will put up a solid fight to finish its season with a winning record. But the Tigers are one of the best teams in the league, scoring 72 goals and allowing only 18.
These games will determine how the playoff brackets will pan out. Last season, 12 teams were chosen to play in the State Championship Tournament.