ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – State Soccer Championships will be held on Thursday and Saturday at the UNM Soccer Complex this year. The NMAA released a more definitive schedule on Wednesday:
Quarterfinals & Semifinals: Host School Sites
Finals: University of New Mexico
Boys – UNM Soccer Complex (Robertson Field)
Girls – UNM Soccer Complex (Main Stadium)
Class 4A & 5A – April 8th
Class A-3A Girls – April 8th at 12noon
Class A-3A Boys – April 8th at 2pm
Class 4A & 5A Girls – April 10th at 12noon or 3pm (times for each Class TBD)
Class 4A & 5A Boys – April 10th at 1pm or 4pm (times for each Class TBD)
State semifinals for Class 4A and 5A are still going to be played on Thursday, and that includes the 5A Girls top seed Carlsbad. The Cave-women are currently undefeated on the year and are coming off of a big 1-0 win over Volcano Vista on Tuesday. Carlsbad has lost to Volcano Vista in the past two state tournaments, so this win is big for this program and the city of Carlsbad.
Sisters Alexa and Abbey Dugan are a big part of this team, and playing together in high school has been a lifelong dream. But now, winning is becoming an even bigger dream, as they believe this team has the chance to go all the way. “We have never really thought that we would have a chance to win a state title, just because we are Carlsbad and Albuquerque just has a lot more people and they play soccer a lot more, but now I just all kind of have it in our minds that we can actually win,” said Alexa Dugan.
Alexa is a junior and Abbey is an 8th grader, both say they have played soccer since a young age and they have high hopes at bringing Carlsbad their first-ever state title for girls soccer. “Yesterday, we had quite a bit of fans, because everyone is behind us on this and everyone wants us to win. So, I think it would be pretty cool for our whole town,” said Alexa. “Especially playing together, we can win together,” said Abbey Dugan. Carlsbad will host Rio Rancho on Thursday in a state semifinal match up.