ARTESIA – Elisa Cardenas was the only scorer the Artesia High School girls’ soccer team needed Tuesday night against Goddard High School.
The senior scored two goals in the opening minutes of the first half as Artesia never looked back in a 3-1 win over the Lady Rockets.
“Right place, right time,” Artesia head coach Tim Trentham said after the game when asked to comment on Cardenas’ hat-trick. ” She’s a great finisher, just really has a nose for the goal and she did an excellent job tonight. I thought all three goals were fantastic,” he added.
Her first goal came at the 32:13 mark of the opening half and the second one came nearly seven minutes later.
Goddard scored their lone goal of the game with 25:20 showing on the first half clock. Senior Haley Sanchez found the back of the net as the score was 2-1.
Artesia would score the final goal of the night late in the second half thanks to the feet of Cardenas.
“This game was her game and she knew what she was doing,” Trentham said.
Overall Artesia is 14-4 and 4-0 in District 4-5A. Goddard falls to 3-13-2 and 0-3-1 in league play.
Artesia hosts Roswell Saturday at 1 p.m.
Trentham said Artesia is in “the driver’s seat” for the district title. He said the team will be focusing on the Lady Coyotes for the rest of the week.
“We’ve played them twice, but they’ve been really tight games,” he said.
“We were fortunate to come out on top (and) it’s really hard to beat an opponent three times. That’s what we’re looking to do,” Trentham added.
Both games were on Roswell’s home pitch as Artesia won 1-0 in August at the Alien City Tournament and last week during a district contest.
“We’re glad to be at home to finish off and hopefully get the job done.” Trentham said.
Goddard hosts Lovington Saturday afternoon at 1 and then wraps up regular season play next week against their crosstown rivals.