Alamosa soccer kicking it up a notch


ALAMOSA — Alamosa’s Mean Moose girls’ soccer team (5-1-0) have rolled to their third win in a row and their fifth of the season. The girls are coached by Cheyenne Sinn who is responsible for steering the boys’ soccer team to a 7-7-1 record averaging 4.9 points per match.

Last year the girls got in the groove and knocked out a 10-4 record. The Moose however, couldn’t get it done in their own division. It so happens the four losses they suffered all happened to be league games. As a result the 2-4 record they mustered in the Intermountain league placed them at the back of the pack.

Come playoff time Alamosa’s real undoing was their RPI. In the 24th spot, KIPP Denver Collegiate occupied the final seed in the playoffs. Sitting .000497 percentage points behind them in the 25th spot, was Alamosa.

Things seem to be looking up for Alamosa this year, as they are poised to take a step up in the IML. Already the roster saw the return of important players such as Katy Gallegoes and Lilly Lavier. Having retained talent and experience now they must try their hand at avoiding last year’s pitfalls.

As far as state talent is concerned the Moose have gotten a couple tests. Alamosa currently holds a 1-1 record against top-20 ranked talent in the state, a win over Lamar (no. 19) and a loss to Basalt (no. 12). The Moose are on the move in the state rankings. According to CHSAAnow’s RPI rankings as of Apr. 3 Alamosa is placed number four in the state.

Looking forward Alamosa has already faced last years IML second place finisher Montezuma-Cortez. The result was Alamosa exercising some demons with a 5-0 shut-out. Later this week the Moose will get the opportunity to see where they stand in the food chain when they face former IML winner Pagosa Springs.

Last year’s Pirates went a perfect 7-0 in the IML and 13-4 overall taking both meetings with Alamosa. This year Pagosa Springs currently sports a 2-3 record and are not impervious to their fellow league members anymore. Bayfield started the season by  toppling Pagosa Springs in a 5-3 game.
Alamosa is currently on a road stretch that began with a 2-0 victory in Rye. Up next the Moose will face IML rival Pagosa Springs (2-3-0) on Apr. 6 at 4 p.m. Alamosa will be back on AHS field for a contest against hapless Ignacio (0-5-0) on Apr. 19 at 4 p.m.

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