Taos Tigers boys var­sity soc­cer build­ing mo­men­tum for a play­off push

The Taos News - - SPORTS - By Chap Grubb

The score­board only told one half of the story of the

0-7 Taos Tigers loss to the Los Alamos Hill­top­pers Thurs­day

(Oct.18).

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.

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