The sixth-seeded Taos Tigers take on Albuquerque's Highland Hornets at Eco Park at 1 p.m. Saturday (Nov. 3) in the first round of state soccer. The …
The sixth-seeded Taos Tigers take on Albuquerque's Highland Hornets at Eco Park at 1 p.m. Saturday (Nov. 3) in the first round of state soccer. The Hornets are in 11th seed with an 8-8-2 record.
With their win last week against Moriarty, the Taos boys earned the opportunity to play their first playoff game at home. This is the first time they've hosted a game in the state tournament since their 2015 run that took them all the way to a second-place finish against Albuquerque's Bosque School. Bosque, a formidable opponent who knocked Taos out of the quarterfinals of the 2014 state tournament, has been redistricted to Class A-3A, so Taos won't encounter the private school this year.
The Taos Tigers finished the regular season 14-2-1 overall and 4-1-1 in district games. With 89 regular season goals, they are the highest-scoring team in the state. Forwards Adam Waggoner (eighth-grade) and Patrick Penso (senior) are responsible for 34 and 22 of those goals, respectively.
Their offensive prowess is balanced by a stout defense that shut out their opponents in 11 games this year, allowing only 18 goals during the whole season. The Hornets gave up 29 goals to their opponents this year, scoring 30 for themselves.
The winner of Saturday's game will play Santa Teresa, who has a bye this week, in the quarterfinals at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday (Nov. 7) on Field 10 at the Bernalillo Soccer Complex, where the rest of the Class 4A Fuddruckers Boys State Soccer Championship will be played. The semifinals are Thursday (Nov. 8) and the championship game will be 1 p.m., Friday (Nov. 9).
The Tigers are 8-0-1 at home this season, and Saturday is projected to be mostly sunny and mild--a great day for soccer game.
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