Tech Soccer Team Completes Successful Fall Semester, Dec. 7, 2001
Scroll down for story. Photo caption: The Tech Miners were champions of the first annual "X-treme Soccer Tournament" on the Tech campus during the 49ers celebration in October 2001. They went undefeated against the two visiting teams: Tech alumni, and Adams State College Men's Club from Alamosa, CO. Special rules, uniforms and extra points added to the excitement.
The New Mexico Tech Men's Soccer Team finished the fall season last Sunday with two wins in the same day. At 9 a.m., the Miners went head-to-head with the James Healthcare team. The bumpy field and undersized goals at St. Pius X High School contributed to the game's low scores. About midway through the first half, (junior) Maurizio Leo finished an assist from (freshman) Paul Dailey. The miners seemed to have control of the game, until 10 minutes into the second half, when a miscommunication from goal-keeper (junior) Don Bleeker, and a miss-kick by (senior) sweeper Javier Lopez led to an unhealthy goal for the opponents. The clock was running down as the Miners yearned for the winner, but the score remained at 1-1 into extra minutes. The Miners managed one more attack in the last 30 seconds of the game, when (junior) striker Mike Okoro was sandwiched by two Healthcare defenders. Some good theatrics helped get the penalty kick call, and Leo finished the job once again for the 2-1 victory.
The game at 3 p.m. wasn't such a nail-biter, as the Miners dirtied the "Grass Stains" with a score of 5-0. First-half goals were scored by Okoro, (sophomore) Rafael Donarumma and (MS student) Harald Bakken. In the second half, the defensemen were allowed to have some fun up front, and Lopez and (freshman) Adam Wagoner each had a goal. Assists were provided by Dailey, Leo, and (sophomore) Tim Kinsworthy.
The Miners end the fall season with a record of eight wins to one loss, putting them in a tie for first place in the 18-team second division of the Albuquerque Soccer League (ASL). The competition continues with 7 more games in the Spring, after which the team hopes to earn a spot in the ASL first division. The Miners currently lead the 2nd division in goals scored, with 37.