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Goddard makes easy work of Valencia

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The Goddard girls’ soccer team defeated the Valencia Jaguars on Tuesday with good defense, 7-2. (Steve Notz Photo)

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The Valencia Lady Jaguars came calling on The Lady Rockets when Goddard answered the door and invited them into their house to play — it got ugly quick. The game was over at halftime as Goddard scored five goals, going on to win, 7-2, Tuesday at Goddard Soccer Complex.

The easy victory gave coach Jamie Martinez a chance to play some of his younger players. Martinez feels like this year is going to be even more daunting than last year’s tough seven-game stretch. What was enjoyable for the team was that the scoring was spread out, multiple players scored goals. Ambrosia Teasyatwho was a beast as she led her team in scoring with three goals. Annalicia Salas added two goals, while Ailyn Miramontes and Montana Miranda each had one goal.

Goddard is coming off of a third-place finish in the Alien City Tournament, losing to eventual champions Carlsbad in a tightly contested game, 2-0. Martinez likes that his team is focused more and more in games and only suffers a mental lapse for a couple of minutes down from the five minutes they did last season.

With the victory, Goddard moves to 3-1 on the season. One of the keys for the team this season will be how long his team can stay focused. According to Martinez, last season, the girls went through a five-minute stretch where they just lost focus. This year, it’s down to two minutes. He cites that during the Carlsbad game, those two minutes hurt the team and probably cost them a victory.

“I think overall we’re doing well,” Martinez said. “We’re young in some places and I think they did a really good job of stepping up. Against Carlsbad, that game could have gone either way. We made a couple of mistakes, other than that …”

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Martinez feels like his team is going to have to continue to step up their play as they hit the road and travel to Bloomfield. He also thinks his team did well at the Alien City Tournament.

“We played Carlsbad,” Martinez said. “They’re a tough team. Then we go up to Bloomfield and Aztec to play them. Then we have Roswell and the following week we go up to Albuquerque Academy, I mean, that’s a tough schedule there, then we come back and play Clovis and they’re the top dog. That’s that stretch, and then we come back and play Ruidoso again, and then we start district.”

Martinez would like to see his team make fewer mistakes as they play each game.

“The biggest thing,” Martinez said, “is our young people have to step up. I think the biggest thing is not the physical but it is the 90% mental, and they’re starting to believe, ‘Hey, you know what? I can play at this level, and I’m fine.’”

Goddard will play at 6 p.m., in Bloomfield on Friday.

Sports editor J.T. Keith can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 304, or sports@rdrnews.com.

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