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Coyotes edge Hobbs 2-1 in 2OT; Madrid’s game-winner gives Roswell good start to new season

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Roswell senior goalkeeper Tony Carrasco (closest to ball) punches the ball away after a Hobbs corner kick during the first half of the Coyotes’ 2-1 double-overtime win against the visiting Eagles Tuesday at Cielo Grande. (AJ Dickman Photo)

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The Roswell Coyotes and Hobbs Eagles, two playoff teams that lost a bunch of talent from last season, began the 2017 campaign Tuesday at Cielo Grande, where it took a late goal during double overtime for the home squad to pick up the first win of the season.

Tied at 1-all, with just a few minutes remaining in the second extra 10-minute period, senior forward Robert Madrid received a pinpoint pass on a kickoff from sophomore midfielder Samuel Calvillo and then lobbed the ball over the Hobbs goalkeeper for the game-winner.
Roswell head soccer coach James Vernon said he was proud of his squad for sticking with it and finishing the game.
“It was a team effort. We didn’t look as sharp as we usually do, but have a lot to work on,” he said. “Maybe this will set the tone for the next game against these guys on Saturday.”
With more time to prepare, and a win under their belts, Vernon thinks his team will look better in Hobbs this weekend.
“We’ve been in school for four days pretty much, and this was a hard one, not having a lot of time to get practices in, but I’ll take a win any day,” he said. “I thought we had a lot of chances, more than they did at certain times, and we have to learn how to put those away.”

The Coyotes outshot the Eagles by a decent margin, and held the lead for about five minutes in the second half after sophomore Eduardo Moya’s goal, but Hobbs’ Alan Sanchez tied it with about 4:30 left in regulation.
Vernon said senior goalkeeper Tony Carrasco played a good game and can’t be faulted much for giving up the goal.
“Tony made good decisions today,” he said. “On the goal, we didn’t close down defensively and that guy hit a rocket. It was like a Mesquita shot.”
Vernon was speaking of former Coyote soccer and basketball player Chris Mesquita, who scored the winning goal in the 2013 state championship game as a freshman and signed up to play college soccer at Eastern New Mexico University in Portales after the 2016 season.
“It’s not just Mesquita, either,” Vernon said. “We lost 13 seniors from last season. We were a sharp team that could really control the ball and that’s what we’re working up to with these guys. Step by step, we want to keep improving, like we did from the first half to the second half today. We’ll just keep battling.”
The Coyotes face the Eagles again on Saturday in Hobbs at 1 p.m.
The ladies soccer squads from Roswell and Goddard high schools will compete in the Alien City Invite this Friday and Saturday. Both teams are scheduled to play at 5 p.m. Friday. RHS will take on Silver and GHS will face Ruidoso.