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Bosque takes Artesia tourney championship

Bobcats hold off Carlsbad, fatigue for title

 

Heading into the championship game of the Artesia girls soccer “A” bracket invitatonal on Saturday, Bosque School knew it had a tough task on hand. The Bobcats were playing their second contest of the day, after beating Hobbs 4-2 in a semifinal, and were facing a rested Carlsbad squad in the finale.

Although Bosque (3-0) was only able to squeeze out a single goal against the Cavegirls, it held up.

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“I was personally very exhausted, but also very excited because we didn’t do as well in this particular tournament last year,” said Bosque School senior Annie Koensgen right after the game. “It was very exciting to make it to the championship round and then to come out on top. We thought how cool would it be to go back to the school and say, ‘We took first place.'”

“It was really a concern,” said Bosque School coach Ed Cole of playing two games on a hot day in Artesia. “It’s a hard tournament because we had two good teams today. We had Hobbs and that Carlsbad team, which has good athletes an they really come at you.” 

The only goal of the game took place 14 minutes into the contest.

At midfield, Bobcats’ midfielder Ali Oltmans sent a long pass to Koensgen – stationed around 15 yards to the left of the Carlsbad (2-1) goal. Koensgen had the ball on her foot for only a split-second as she passed to Sam Sheppard five yards to her right.

Sheppard swiftly shot into the net to finish the sequence.

“I think the ball was initially intended just for me – to finish it. But I didn’t get quite what I wanted on it, so I just gave it right to Samantha,” Koensgen recalled.

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Bosque won the Class 1A-3A state championship last year, the first girls soccer crown for the school. In their three games of the Artesia tournament, the Bobcats beat all three members of District 4 in Class 5A.

The Cavegirls didn’t go away easily after falling behind. Only seconds after Bosque’s score, Bobcats’ keeper Krystal Melendez made a tough stop on Carlbad’s Missy Marshall – who had raced down the field on a breakaway that ended just yards from the goal area.

In the second half, Marshall barely missed a shot a minute-and-a-half after the intermission break. Carlsbad’s last gasp attempt to tie the contest came when a left-footed shot by Marshall was stopped by Melendez with two minutes remaining.

“It was a little bit tense, but we all knew what to do,” Melendez said.

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It was the second year in a row that Carlsbad advanced to the championship of the “A” bracket in Artesia tournament only to fall in the finale.

“When I heard we were going to be playing them, I knew it was going to be a good game,” Cavegirls coach Misty Long said.

After the championship, Cole gave his coaching counterpart encouraging words on how they matched up with district rival Hobbs.

“He has a quality team and they played Hobbs. I talked to the Hobbs coach earlier and she said they didn’t play well,” Long said. “But it’s still encouraging to hear that if we play like we can, we can definitely match up with them.”

Back to the Bracket!!! 

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