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Metro soccer championship: Cibola threesome for girls, Sandia boys win

Cibola High School senior Mercedes Morris, 18, competes for a header during the Cougars v Rio Rancho High School game on Friday night at the APS Soccer Complex as part of the Albuquerque Metro Championships. (Mike Sandoval / For the diary)

In the 2018 season, Cibola High School’s girls’ soccer program won the Albuquerque Metro Championships for the first time.

Nobody has won it since then.

The Cougars, along with Sandia’s boys, earned these mammoth Metro trophies on Friday evening in front of large crowds in the APS complex. The Cougars defeated Rio Rancho while the Matadors defeated the defending Class 5A champions Rio Rancho in overtime.

Girls championship

CIBOLA 1, RIO RANCHO 0: For the third time this season, senior striker Mercedes Morris scored the game victory for the Cougars (5-0), who won the Metro crown for the third time in a row. It wasn’t played in the spring of that year.

Emily Aguilar’s perfectly placed through pass in the middle of the field was found by Morris, who cheated in the 24th. Morris left, went right, Shaver was out of position and Morris – who signed up to the University of New Mexico – scored the easiest goal of theirs Cibola’s career when she tapped it into a wide open network.

“Honestly,” she said, “it was a breeze.”

Cibola’s defense and senior goalkeeper Rylee Tafoya ensured that the Cougars won for the fourth time by shutout in the first two weeks of the season, beating rivals from District 1-5A Rio Rancho (6-1).

“That says a lot,” said Tafoya, who missed the first week of Metro because she was in COVID-19 quarantine. “We have strong defense, the goalkeeper works with the defenders, we are like family.”

Cibola coach Heath Weihe said the triple goal was a priority.

“They trained hard from day one this summer when they decided to be Metro Champion again,” he said.

Morris had won the semi-finals against Eldorado on Wednesday and also scored the only goal of the game in Cibola’s crucial billiards game against La Cueva.

CIBOLA 1, RIO RANCHO 0
Rio Rancho 0 0 – 0
Cibola 1 0 – 1
Classification: C, 24., Mercedes Morris (Emily Aguilar). Shots on goal: RR 6; C 16. Saves: RR, Samantha Shaver 10; C, Rylee Tafoya 6. Corners: RR 1; C 9.

Championship of the boys

SANDIA 2, RIO RANCHO 1 (OT): Senior Christian Baker’s bang in the middle of the first extra time sent the Matadors (5-0) to their Metro championship.

“This definitely has to be in the top 3 (in my career),” said Baker.

Matador’s full-back Rider Pier crossed it, Dylan Rivas headed it, and from there, Baker shot a volley from the 18-yard area.

“This is a special group of guys, we’ve known each other for four years, we’ve been best friends for four years,” said Baker.

“We always thought of this year, we thought this was our golden year, and it’s becoming a reality until now. But there is still a lot of season. We have to keep ourselves healthy and our mindset good. “

Connor Cousins ​​put Sandia in the lead in the 7th minute. Evan Spell equalized for the Rams in the 45th minute (5-2).

“That only takes us higher,” said Sandia coach Ryan Sanchez. “We passed our first bar, now we have to get better.”

SANDIA 2, RIO RANCHO 1 (OT)
Sandia 1 0 1 – 2
Rio Rancho 0 1 0 – 1
Rating: S, 7., Connor Cousins; RR, 45., Evan Spell (Jamal Bynum); S, 85., Christian Baker. Shots on goal: S 10; RR 14. Saves: S, Jonathan Wood 6; RR, Joseph Diaz 3, Antonio Cross-Guillen 4. Corners: S 4; RR 6.

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