Longtime RRHS boys soccer coach John Shepard watches hopefuls running on the lush green pitch last week at a tryout. (Gary Herron/Observer)



The Rio Rancho High School boys soccer team opens the 2022 season Friday at 5 p.m. in a home game against visiting Centennial High School of Las Cruces.

The Rams are home again Saturday morning at 11 to face Mayfield.

Coach John Shepard (257-137-10) begins his 21st season on the sideline, hoping to get the Rams deeper into the postseason than last fall, when they dropped a 1-0 heartbreaker at home to district foe Atrisco Heritage Academy in the quarterfinals. RRHS was 15-6 overall last season, and 6-2 in District 1-5A contests.


2022 RRHS boys soccer schedule

DATE             OPPONENT                         TIME

Aug. 19          CENTENNIAL                      5 p.m.

20            MAYFIELD                            11 a.m.

22-27         APS Metro pool play           TBA

Sept. 1-3        APS Metro bracket play      TBD

6            Capital                                   6 p.m.

8             Albuquerque High               3:30 p.m.

10            Roswell                                  3 p.m.

13             Los Alamos                           6 p.m.

15             PIEDRA VISTA                     6 p.m.

21             CLEVELAND*                      6 p.m.

24              Volcano Vista*                      11 a.m.

Oct.  1            CIBOLA*                                11 a.m.

5               Atrisco Heritage*                  TBA

8               Cleveland*                            11 a.m.

12               VOLCANO VISTA*              3:30 p.m.

15               ALBUQ. ACADEMY            9 a.m.

19               Cibola*                                   3:30 p.m.

22               ATRISCO HERITAGE*       11 a.m.

25               First round/state                   TBD

29               State quarterfinals               TBD

Nov. 2-5         State semis, final                             TBD

(Home games in CAPS. District 1-5A matches denoted with *.)