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Banda breaks gridlock for Lady Coyotes


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ARTESIA — Here’s a suggestion for government leaders in Washington, D.C., if you want to end the gridlock, call the Roswell High Lady Coyotes soccer team.

For nearly 70 minutes, the District 4-5A contest between Roswell (11-8, 4-1) and Artesia (14-5, 4-1) was deadlocked on Saturday afternoon until senior forward Danielle Banda had a shot that sailed into the back of the opponent’s goal, giving the visitors a 1-0 win. The lone goal came with 14:42 showing on the second-half clock.

This was the third time the two teams had squared off on the soccer pitch with Artesia winning both contests 1-0.

“What we told the girls this morning, the game in August (at the Alien City Tournament in Roswell) doesn’t count towards rankings and seeding (for the state tournament) for us to clinch the district, because of goals scored and goals against, we had to win 1-0 today,” said Roswell head coach Samantha Ward.

“They knew everything was on the line today and they came out and performed,” she said.

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Ward said after 14 seniors graduated last year at Goddard High School, the district race appeared to be wide open. “It’s kind of up for grabs this year.”

She complimented the home team, “They’re fast, (and) they’re very skilled. It’s been a battle all year, today both teams played very well, it’s always a good fight (and) our girls came out for the win today.”

The Lady Coyotes wrap up the season against Goddard Thursday at 6 p.m. “Our goal is to definitely win that game,” Ward said.

She added if Roswell wins, that will put them at 5-1 in league play. “Hopefully we’ll get a home playoff game,” she said.

“We had some chances,” said Artesia head coach Tim Trentham. “Gotta keep our fingers crossed now and see if Goddard can do us a favor.”

Artesia wraps up the regular season Tuesday at 6 p.m. with a home match against Lovington at the Mack Chase Sports Complex.

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