Class 4A roundup: Academy, St. Pius boys fall in quarterfinal round

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By The Staff

ALBUQUERQUE — In one of the most stunning Class 4A state tournament results in recent memory, the eighth-seeded Capital Jaguars boys soccer team pulled off a gargantuan upset Thursday.

The Jaguars knocked off the top-seeded Albuquerque Academy Chargers 3-1 in the quarterfinal round of the state playoffs. The Jaguars scored twice in the opening half and picked up an insurance goal in the second half to advance to today's 4A semifinals.

Neither Academy nor St. Pius X, two of the most powerful teams in the state, escaped the quarterfinal round at the Albuquerque Soccer Complex. St. Pius, the No. 5 seed, fell to No. 4 seed and defending state champion Farmington.

The Scorpions (11-6) battled back from a 1-0 second half deficit to tie the score and send the contest into overtime. Jeremy Klepac and Naeem Begay netted goals for the Scorpions in the victory to topple St. Pius (12-8-2).

For Capital's Jaguars (17-4), who finished as the runners-up to Los Alamos in the District 2 race this season, Diego Pichardo, Luis Rios-Olivas and Jesus Garcia both earned goals in their upset.

Capital, which was scheduled to face Farmington this afternoon, split its two contests with Los Alamos this season.

The Hilltoppers' semifinal opponent, Chaparral (18-2), was a 4-1 victor over the No. 7-seeded Roswell Coyotes. Chaparral scored pairs of goals in each half to win.

In the girls 4A quarterfinals, it was the Sartans (14-7), who won in overtime against Farmington. The fourth-seeded Sartans moved on to the state semifinals for the 13th consecutive year, matching the total of both Los Alamos and Academy — Los Alamos, Academy and St. Pius are the only teams to have made appearances in the 4A state championship game since 2000.

Academy, the top overall seed, punched its ticket to the semifinal round with a crushing 11-1 victory over the Belen Eagles.

In the other girls quarterfinal, the third-seeded Aztec Tigers, who at 20-2 posted the best won-loss mark in 4A and won the District 1 championship this season, downed district rival Kirtland Central 1-0.

All four District 1 teams advanced to the quarterfinal round of the 2012 playoffs.

Here are the brackets for the remaining state tournament games. All games will be played at the APS Soccer Complex:


Friday's Semifinals

(3) Aztec vs. (2) Los Alamos, 11:30 a.m.

(4) St. Pius X vs. (1) Albuquerque Academy, 11:30 a.m.


Aztec-Los Alamos winner vs. St. Pius-Academy winner, Saturday, 10:30 a.m.


Friday's Semifinals

(8) Capital vs. (4) Farmington, 4:30 p.m.

(3) Los Alamos vs. (2) Chaparral, 4:30 p.m.


Capital-Farmington winner vs. Los Alamos-Chaparral winner, 3:30 p.m.