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IHS soccer facing twofer after loss to Alamosa

Bayfield maintains title pursuit in Pagosa
Marked tightly by a defender, Ignacio's Harmony Reynolds crosses a centering pass toward Alamosa's goal during nonleague action Tuesday, April 25, at IHS Field. Reynolds scored the Bobcats' only goal in a 6-1 loss. (Joel Priest/special to the Herald)

A-hackin’ and a-snifflin’ during every breather afforded her on Tuesday, Ignacio senior Harmony Reynolds earned a brief respite from illness with a second-half goal that denied Alamosa a shutout in nonleague play.

The Mean Moose – with assistant coach Kelly Wubben standing in for unavailable skipper Claire Lara – held just a 2-1 edge after intermission, but the visitors’ first half was too much for the Bobcats to overcome in a 6-1 loss at IHS Field.

Junior Kacey Hillis first got AHS (6-5 overall, 2-3 3A Southwestern) on the scoreboard in the 16th minute, directing sophomore Noemi Lemus’ pass low and to goalie Trinity Strohl’s left. Freshman Jayden Wubben then lobbed a long-range shot over Strohl in the 27th, and senior Annahi Molina tripled the ante in the 33rd off an assist from freshman Araceli Molina.

Strohl recorded six saves before halftime, even with Alamosa earning six corner-kick opportunities, but couldn’t stop Wubben from scoring in the 36th after gaining possession within sight-blocking traffic.

Seniors Abby Wubben and Regan Zook each registered one second-half goal for Alamosa. Sophomore goalie Emily Tibbitts totaled four saves – all before halftime, when the ’Cats had a strong wind at their backs – to get the win.

Ignacio (0-10, 0-3 2A Intermountain-South) will next see action on Saturday, playing a league doubleheader in neutral Cortez versus Telluride. Telluride is 4-6, 1-2 after a crucial 2-0 win on Wednesday at No. 8-ranked Crested Butte (6-5, 3-1).

The first match is slated to kick off at 11 a.m.

BHS girls prevail in Pagosa

Sophomore Sydney Rey struck for four goals and junior Preslie Wagner netted one as Bayfield broke down Pagosa Springs on Tuesday to remain in contention for the 3A SWL title.

Junior Genesis Barrera was credited with two assists in BHS’ 5-2 road win inside Golden Peaks Stadium, while Wagner and senior Abria Thayer each recorded one.

Junior goalkeeper McKenna Noonan, however, was removed from play after getting caught up in a collision when the Pirates (2-9 overall, 0-5 SWL) scored their second goal. Senior Kaydence Hunter, however, reinforced head coach Scott Key’s confidence in her by keeping a clean sheet in emergency duty.

The Wolverines (6-3, 4-1) were to next host Montezuma-Cortez (8-3, 3-0) on Thursday afternoon. The Panthers most recently won 4-1 at 2A Ridgway on Tuesday.

After visiting Wolverine Country Stadium, M-CHS is scheduled to host Alamosa on Friday and then wrap up league play at PSHS on Saturday.