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Lady Coyotes top Goddard 2-0; Roswell takes 3rd place at Alien City Invite; rival Artesia wins title

Roswell senior Mari Meraz scores a goal during the second half of the Lady Coyotes’ 2-0 win over the crosstown rival Goddard Lady Rockets Saturday at the Cielo Grande soccer fields. (AJ Dickman Photo)

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The Roswell Lady Coyotes and Goddard Lady Rockets met on the pitch for the first time in the young season, but it wasn’t where either team wanted to be.

After losing their semifinal matchups Saturday morning, the crosstown rivals met in the third-place game of the Alien City Invite soccer tourney at Cielo Grande, where the Lady Coyotes came out on top, scoring a goal in each half to win 2-0.
Senior Danielle Banda scored her third goal of the season with her first half make and then set teammate Mari Meraz up for a second half score with a great pass. Despite giving up the two goals, Emily Mathison played a fearless game against the high-powered Lady Coyote offense.

The Lady Rockets never gave up, but they were definitely tired after a long semifinal matchup which featured a long injury timeout, two overtime periods and penalty kicks. Goddard was up 1-0 on a Montana Miranda goal, but after a Valencia player was taken off the field by ambulance, the Lady Jags rallied to tie it.
It looked like Goddard would take a late lead with about five minutes left in regulation, but an offsides call negated a goal, much to the displeasure of the Lady Rockets’ coaches and fans.
The Lady Coyotes fell to Artesia 1-0 in the other semifinal and the Lady Dogs went on to beat Valencia 3-0 in the final.

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