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Soccer teams strong at home

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By Dave Kavanaugh

Home-field advantage may have had less to do with the outcomes than simple on-field superiority as the Robertson varsity soccer teams overwhelmed visiting foes this week.

On Tuesday, the Lady Cardinals pitched a 6-0 shutout of Class 4A Belen, getting another four-goal performance from smoking-hot scorer Caitlin Diefendorf.

Diefendorf struck first in the seventh minute, then again off a pass from Elena Martinez in the 14th.

Kristen Montaño turned in one of her better defensive games patrolling the backfield, picking off multiple Eagle attacks and helping to keep the pressure on Belen.

Montaño picked up a long assist by feeding the ball 50 yards downfield to Diefendorf for the latter’s third goal in the 19th minute.

Martinez scored next, her follow-through finding net in the 24th minute. Morgan Diefendorf made it 5-0 in the 37th minute.

Lady Cards keeper Ashley Jaramillo elicited roars from the home crowd by making a leaping save late in the half, preserving a halftime shutout.

Robertson added an insurance goal in the 54th.

Then on Wednesday, it was the boys’ turn for a lopsided win before the home fans. The Cards overcame a sluggish start by romping 9-1 over Questa.

Jalen “Money” Martinez scored all four of his goals in the second half and Brandon Trujillo added two for the Cards.

It was just a 2-1 margin at halftime, however.

Trujillo scored the icebreaker in the eighth minute and later assisted Devon Maes for a goal in the 26th. In between, an apparent score by Ian Parks was waved off due to an offsides call. Questa pulled within one on a beauty of a free kick that found net in the 31st.

Robertson adjusted well, scoring four times in the first 15 minutes of the second half. Trujillo got the run started; then Martinez, Connor Houdek and Martinez again scored to make it 6-1.

Martinez also booted the next two in the 70th and 71st minutes, before Steven Lobdell struck on a boomer from 40-plus yards away.