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Roswell loses to Los Alamos

Roswell’s Robert Rios heads a ball against Los Alamos Thursday during quarterfinal play. Roswell would lose 3-0 ending their season. (J.T. Keith Photo)

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ALBUQUERQUE — The Roswell Coyotes are a young team, and they will be back. They lose only six seniors and bring back 11 sophomores. Roswell’s players and coaches said “they were ready” and perhaps thought they were ready, until game time.

Before the game, there was talk about losing to Los Alamos on Sept. 9, because the game was played in the morning, and the Coyotes are not a morning team. In the end, with the effort the young Coyotes gave in the quarterfinals it doesn’t matter if they played them morning, afternoon or evening.

Once the whistle blew to begin play, it didn’t take Los Alamos long to get onto the scoreboard. Hilltopper freshman Samuel Cirigliano scored the first goal eight minutes into the game. Roswell would surrender two more goals in the second half to lose, 3-0, Thursday at the Bernalillo Soccer Complex.

“We got out-played,” said Coyote coach James Vernon. “Los Alamos came to play. They played with a three back, five in the middle, and we just couldn’t keep up with their midfield. They out-hustled us to every single ball.”

On the first goal, Los Alamos bumped against the Coyote outside left off the ball, and crossed in the middle, with two midfielders back on defense. Cirigliano had a choice of which corner he wanted to kick the ball to and ended up scoring the goal to give the Hilltoppers a 1-0 lead.

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Los Alamos scored their second goal when the Coyotes outside left defender left Los Alamos’ Arthur Semelsberger uncovered. Semelsberger ran down the left side of the field, moved to the middle, and kicked the ball in order to give the Hilltoppers a 2-0 lead with 21:25 left in the second half.

On the third goal, there was a scramble on the right side by the goal. Coyote senior goal keeper Adrian Villa Parra came out to help his defenders and stopped the ball. There was a scrum of players from both teams fighting for the loose ball, and it was placed right in the middle of the field and Semelsberger kicked the ball in untouched for a goal to give the Hilltoppers a 3-0 lead.

Roswell’s best chance to score was when Robert Madrid was on a breakaway racing toward Los Alamos’ goal. The defender came out to meet him, and Madrid moved with the ball to the middle, faking out the goalie. It seemed a certain goal as he lined up his shot and took it. From the right of Madrid came Hilltopper Levon Wiggins to knock the ball away just as Madrid was kicking it.

Roswell (15-6) had only three shots on goal for the game; the Hilltoppers had 15.

“We came with what we have,” Vernon said. “They’re a good side and a pretty good team. They pass the ball and I hope they do well in the next game against Academy. I’m proud of my boys. It was a good season overall. It lets these guys see we have work to do.”

The positive takeaway from this game and season is the Coyotes will return 11 sophomores with game experience. Vernon doesn’t have to rebuild or reload for the first time in a couple of years. His most pressing needs are to find a goalkeeper after losing both of his seniors.

“I thought we had a good shot at it today,” he said. “We just didn’t play well.”

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