By Matthew Narvaiz email@example.comThe Taos girls soccer team suffered a 3-0 shutout loss to district opponent Los Alamos on Tuesday afternoon (Oct. 8) at Taos Eco Park. It was both squads' first …
The Taos girls soccer team suffered a 3-0 shutout loss to district opponent Los Alamos on Tuesday afternoon (Oct. 8) at Taos Eco Park. It was both squads' first district match of the season.
Los Alamos controlled the ball for most of the match and kept it in scoring territory. All three of the Lady Hilltoppers' goals came in the first half.
"The first half we were kind of all over the place because we were really nervous since they're a really good team," Kelly Tonrey, a captain and senior, said of Los Alamos. "But in the second half, we kind of pulled everything together."
The Lady Hilltoppers controlled the ball for the first 10 minutes of the match, with Taos struggling to find its own offense at the same time.
With 30 minutes left in the first half, Los Alamos scored its first goal courtesy of Alyssa Parker.
Parker's team kept attacking, however Taos goalie Amiree Olivas blocked what she could. Later in the game, though, the Lady Hilltoppers were able to find the net two more times.
Parker was able to dish a nice pass on the way toward the goal to fellow teammate Tara McDonald.
Then, a few minutes later, Los Alamos scored once more - this time from Kaya Krantz - courtesy of a free kick after the Lady Tigers committed a handball penalty.
There were a couple of times in the first half where Taos had a good look, but the defenders from Los Alamos had the size and speed to shut down any opportunity the team might have had.
In the second half, the Lady Tigers were able to shut down the scoring from Los Alamos (5-6-1, 1-0), but the away team - just like in the first half - controlled the ball for a heavy portion of the frame.
That was mostly due to better placements on defense and Olivas, who was able to mirror the Los Alamos' players every attempt to score, then block it when the time came.
In the end, Olivas finished with 13 saves but allowed three goals.
"We can work on our passes a little bit more," Cassandra Ruiz, a captain and senior for the Lady Tigers, said at the end of the match. "And talking. And just coming in mentally strong and physically tough."
The Lady Tigers (7-3-2, 0-1) will play another home match on Thursday (Oct. 10), this time against Pojoaque Valley.
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