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Bosque reaches finals in Artesia tourney

Two-goal cushion from 1st half holds up over Eagles in semis

 

The Bosque School Bobcats may have started a little slow against Hobbs in the semifinals of the Artesia girls soccer invitational on Saturday morning, but adjustments – along with quickness and sharp passing – enabled the Albuquerque school to move past the Eagles and into the finals later that day.

Four players for Bosque (2-0), a Class 1A-3A school, scored a goal apiece and two tallies late in the first half proved to be enough against Class 5A Hobbs (1-1).

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During the first 15 minutes of the game, it was the Eagles – winner of last year’s Artesia “A” bracket – who were the aggressors. But Hobbs was unable to take advantage of several possessions near the Bobcats’ goal.

With11:37 left in the first half, Bosque School senior Marissa Martinez tallied the first goal of the game as the ‘Cats had started to effectively control the ball for the majority of the time.

“We wanted to play really hard. Obviously, everybody was a little tired from yesterday,” said Bosque senior Sam Sheppard of a quarterfinal 4-0 win over Clovis on Friday. ” We did have it in us even though we started a little slowly.”

Less than two minutes before intermission, a corner kick from Sheppard was deflected in the direction of teammate Lilias Gordon – who launched a shot into the Eagles’ net for a 2-0 advantage.

“We gave up a couple of goals on the backside that we don’t normally give up. We have a good strong defense and we let them cross it over the top of us,” Hobbs coach Cricket Lopez said. “But I can tell you right now that, if they (the Bobcats) play Academy, La Cueva or Rio Rancho, they’re gonna play them tough. The size of school doesn’t matter. If you watch them play, you can tell right away they could be in 5A or 4A and be in the mix.”

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The Eagles sliced into the deficit six minutes into the second half after a foul gave Hobbs junior defender K.K. Smith an opportunity for a direct kick from 20 yards out. Smith found the left side of the Bosque net to make the score 2-1.

Less than five minutes later, the ‘Cats were able to extend the led back to two goals once again. In a sequence that covered more than half the field, long passes – long, accurate passes – from Robin Bauman to Annie Koensgen to Sheppard resulted in a score.

Sheppard, racing toward the goal and hit in stride by Koensgen, connected from the left side.

“I didn’t know if she was going to be able to get it to me, but you have to go and be there anyway,” Sheppard said.

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 The comeback efforts for Hobbs were not over, however.

With 15 minutes left on the clock, Eagles senior Hali Flores had a missed shot – which deflected off the left post – come back to her and she put the ball in the back of the net to cut the margin to one again.

As was the case with the previous Hobbs score, it didn’t take long for Bosque School to respond. At the 10:55 mark, it was Bobcats’ freshman Sydney Schneider who was the benificiary of some more nice Bobcats’ passing and she finished off a breakaway with a tally from the left.

Bosque coach Ed Cole said he was pleased with how his team twice bounced back to keep Hobbs at bay.

“They have a lot of grit and a lot of heart. That’s something that’s always been a Bosque attribute,” Cole said.

Back to the Bracket!!!

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