Oct 232013

By Greg Perkins
The Lady Lobos are on the cusp of qualifying for the state soccer tournament. Eight teams will make the post-season, and heading into their final match of the season Snowflake sits seventh in the standings. The Lobos will be heavily favored to beat winless Holbrook on Thursday, Oct. 24, in their final regular season match played at Roadrunner Stadium.
Last week Snowflake split two matches with a 2-0 win over St. Johns on Tuesday followed by a 1-0 loss to Round Valley on Thursday.
In Tuesday’s win over the Lady Redskins, Rebecca Neff scored both goals, getting one assist each from Amanda Lara and Macie Rawlins. As a team the Lobos had 14 shot attempts.
Goalie Jessica Neff made four saves in the win.
Thursday’s match was a defensive battle with the Elks edging Snowflake 1-0.
If the Lobos finish in the top eight in the power point rankings they will reach the state tournament, which gets underway on Thursday, Oct. 31, with the top four seeds hosting first round match ups. With a win over Holbrook on Thursday, the Lobos can expect to be on the road in the first round of the state tournament.
In boys’ Division IV competition, 12 teams will advance to the state tournament with the top six hosting first round matches. The Lobos headed into this week’s action comfortably in the tournament, but sitting on the edge of being able to host a first round match.
Last week Snowflake picked up shutout wins over Round Valley on Thursday by a 5-0 final and over St. Michaels on Saturday with a 6-0 decision. Most likely just one win in their final two matches would be enough to garner them a first round home match in the state tourney.
After hosting Northland Prep on Tuesday, the Lobos wrap up the regular season at home today (Oct. 23) with a match against St. Johns. The state tournament begins on Oct. 31 at the site of the higher seeds.