After a confusing week of schedule conflicts, changes, cancellations, clarifications and compromises, the Questa Wildcats took to the pitch and welcomed the Rehoboth (Gallup) Lynx Oct. …
After a confusing week of schedule conflicts, changes, cancellations, clarifications and compromises, the Questa Wildcats took to the pitch and welcomed the Rehoboth (Gallup) Lynx Oct. 13 at 1 p.m.: the original time set for the match.
Due to the homecoming football game that was set to start at 2 p.m. on the same day, several options were offered to avoid the two events from spilling into the other team's allotted time. But the distance--and the time needed to travel--from Gallup to Questa prevented Rehoboth from getting into town any sooner or on a different date. Ultimately, the football game was pushed to later in the afternoon, so the arrival of fans gathering to see the start of a football game were right on time to see the end of an exciting soccer game.
In the first match between these two new district cat foes, the Lynx completely dominated and came away with a 7-1 victory in Gallup Sept. 1. In this meeting, though, a hardened Wildcat defense limited the scoring and kept the talented Rehoboth forwards and mids out of the center of the field. The score at the end of one half of play: 1-0 in favor of the Lynx.
Questa came out strong in the second half and managed to knot the score up with a Dominic Torres goal at the 50-minute mark. The Wildcats pushed the ball into the attacking third for another 15 minutes, but a looping shot over the Questa goalkeeper from Rehoboth's Allen West put the visitors back in front after 65 minutes.
The shift in momentum energized Rehoboth, who drove at the goal for the rest of the game, which ended 2-1 Rehoboth.
"We had this one," said Coach Bill MacDonald, who despite the loss, acknowledged the improvement and the overall effort of his squad.
The Wildcats (4-7, 1-5) now sit tied for fourth place with Desert Academy (5-9-1, 1-5) in their district. The two teams face off today (Oct. 18) in Santa Fe for the sole possession of the slot. Questa returns to Santa Fe for a rematch with the league leading Monte del Sol Dragons (9-3-1, 6-0) Saturday, Oct. 20. Coach MacDonald and company wrap up their 2018 campaign with a home game against the Moreno Valley (Angel Fire) Timberwolves Oct. 23.
The Peñasco Lady Panthers were in the midst of a three-game winning streak before heading to Tierra Amarilla to take on the league leading Lady Lobos of Escalante after this section went to press Tuesday, Oct. 16. It was the first time the two teams met since the Lady Panthers upset the Lady Lobos in the championship game of the 2017 district tournament in Escalante.
The streak included wins against Mesa Vista (Ojo Caliente) Oct. 9, Questa Oct. 11 and McCurdy (Española) Oct. 13.
As of press time Peñasco (8-5, 2-2) was tied with the Coronado Lady Leopards (8-4, 2-2) for fourth place in the District 5-2A standings. Among the 37 class 2A teams in the state, the Lady Panthers are in the 13th spot and will travel to Mora to take on the Rangerettes today (Oct. 18). Peñasco will host Coronado in their next home game slated for Tuesday (Oct. 23).
-Compiled by Arcenio J. Trujillo and Sheila Miller
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