Courier Sports Editor
ALAMOSA—Alamosa's homecoming day started early on Friday as the Mean Moose soccer squad hosted the Ridgway Demons for their homecoming game at 12:30 at Al Bennet Field. The homecoming support for the soccer team was enormous because Ortega Middle School students, parents and Alamosa High School students spent their afternoon packing the stadium seating giving the soccer team the biggest crowd they have ever played before.
Unfortunately, a controversial referee decision forced the Mean Moose to settle for a 1-1 tie after 90 minutes of play.
After a scoreless first half, the Demons, who are are now 3-4-1 on the season, cracked the score board in the 60th minute when Keevah McCarty chipped in a kick from ten yards out for a 1-0 lead.
Alamosa, 5-4-2 on the season and 3-3-2 in league play, retaliated in the 72nd minute as sophomore Agustin Rangel notched a 40-yard strike at the goal. The ball was initially saved by the Demon goalkeeper, however, an awkward bounce helped the ball find the lower right-hand corner for the equalizer.
"He asked if he could take the shot and I said why not," said Alamosa Head Coach Enrique Guerrero after the game. "He is one of our strongest kickers."
Controversy then found center stage with just 19 seconds remaining as Jose Alvarado was tackled inside the box giving him a penalty shot. On the shot, the ball was saved by the goalkeeper and bounced right back to Alvarado, who fired another shot that was once again blocked over the cross bar for what appeared to be a corner kick.
As the Mean Moose lined up to take the corner kick, the officials decided that Alvarado had made contact with the ball twice without it being touched by a different player taking the corner kick away. Argument by the Moose bench and later supported by photo evidence showed that the goalkeeper had moved off the goal line prior to the penalty kick.
Regulation ended with the score knotted at one forcing two sudden-death 5-minute overtime periods.
Alvarado had yet another chance to close the game just 45 seconds into the first overtime period as he fired a shot just above the crossbar.
Sangre de Cristo def. Del Norte, 3-0 (25-14, 25-22 and 25-18)
Sargent def. Antonito, 3-0 (25-14, 25-10 and 25-15)
Telluride def. Center, 3-0 (25-18, 25-13 and 25-23)
Centennial def. Primero, 3-1
ANTONITO—The Sanford Indians defeated the Antonito Trojans 30-12 on Friday afternoon, however, the game itself was not the center of attention.
An on-going rivalry between the two schools started a couple of years ago when racial slurs where thrown out during a basketball game, that night a bench-clearing brawl ensued. The brawl did include several fans getting involved.
Since the incident, the match-up between the two schools had been played at a neutral site, including last year when it was played at Adams State.
"It wasn't pretty," said Antonito Head Coach Aaron Abeyta. "It was a he said-he said situation where a racial slur came against one of my kids. Both benches cleared but Coach [Rhett] Larson and I did a commendable job to nip it in the butt."
The game was originally a close battle with the two teams battling to an 8-6 halftime score before the Indians went on a rush in the second half to take the win.
"Antonito came out ready to play and it took a while for the game to come alive," said Larson, who refused to comment about the incident.
Abeyta did note that after the two coaches met after the game, they agreed that there was no more hostility and the two teams did shake hands.
Monte Vista 40,
Del Norte 6
MONTE VISTA—Despite the Del Norte Tigers opening the game with a 48-yard touchdown after only a minute and 19 seconds had ticked off the clock, the Monte Vista Pirates went on the offensive and shut the Tigers out for the rest of the game for a 40-6 win.
The Pirates scored their first touchdown with 1:46 remaining in the opening period as Shadron Wenta dove for the goal line and a 4-yard touchdown.
Michael Sanchez got tackled on a touchdown with a 1-yard quarterback keeper before Mitch Vanderpool had a 4-yard rushing touchdown and Garett Pachecho got a receiving touchdown.
La Veta 46,
Sangre de Cristo 30
Sierra Grande 6