LOS LUNAS — It was a tough afternoon for the Los Lunas High School boys soccer team on Saturday, Oct. 23, when they took on the Albuquerque Academy Chargers on their home turf.
The final score was 4-0, with the surging Chargers coming out on top. The two met earlier this season, on Oct. 6, on Academy’s home turf, a match that ended with a 5-0 Academy victory.
The Tigers fought hard, but were unable to overcome the stifling offensive attack of Academy. The majority of the first half was spent on the Tigers side of the field. Goalkeeper Sean de Tamble fought hard, racking up an impressive nine saves.
The Tigers, led by senior midfielders Tommy Madrid, Giovanni Rodriguez and Nick Morales attempted to lead a return attack, leaning on quick passing and an aggressive style. Though the scoreboard doesn’t reflect it, LLHS came close to getting on the board right out of the gate in the second half.
The onslaught from the Bulldogs proved too much to handle and two goals managed to slip by in the first half, followed by two in the second.
This was the LLHS boys soccer team’s final game of the season. Unfortunately, the Tigers ended the season on a four-game losing streak and just missed qualifying for the state tournament.
Albuquerque Academy will be entering the championship tournament as a 2-seed, behind only the one-loss Lovington Wildcats.
The Tigers look to take its game experience into the next season with the help of a young core of sophomore midfielders and junior defenders.