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Is it Bobby Fischer versus Boris Spassky on the soccer pitch?

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Tim Trentham, Artesia High girls’ head soccer coach, is viewing Friday’s state playoff game against Roswell as a popular board game where you find pawns, rooks, knights, kings and queens.

“It’s a great chess match between us and Roswell,” he said.

Trentham said Roswell head coach Samantha Ward has been good at making changes and adjustments in past matches against the Lady Coyotes.

“It’s gonna be an all out cards on the table kind of thing on Friday,” he said.

Trentham added that this will be the last time that the two sides will face each other this season.

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Artesia is the No. 9 seed and Roswell is the No. 8 seed in the 5A soccer playoffs. The winner faces the top seed Albuquerque Academy in the quarterfinals Nov. 2 in Bernalillo.

“Winner moves on and the loser is done for the year,” Trentham said.

He said the Lady Dogs don’t need any motivation for the game at the Cielo Grande Soccer Complex.

“That’s always been a great rivalry for us,” he said of the Lady Coyotes.

“Goddard is in there too, it seems Roswell games there’s just a little bit more of a competitive edge there whenever we face them,” Trentham added.

He said past games can be tossed aside and he said there’s always some surprises when the two teams square off.

Trentham said 2017 has been good to Artesia, “(We) had an outstanding record against our classification (and) had a pretty good home record and outstanding on the road, we were 11-2.”

Artesia and Roswell finished tied for the District 4-5A title and Trentham said the Lady Dogs lost to the Lady Coyotes on goal differential.

“It’s a tough way to finish out the season,” he said. “That doesn’t take away the successes we had.”