After losing two road games this past weekend, coach Jamie Martinez wanted to see what his team was made up of. The Lady Rockets were tired, sore, hurt, and as he said, his players were sucking it up giving everything they had on the pitch as they lead the No. 1 team in 5A scoreless in the first half.
Goddard defense played great throughout the game. The Lady Rockets were hoping to slow down Carlsbad’s No. 1 scoring threat in Alexa Dugan. They did, for the most part, allowing Carlsbad only five shots on goal in the first half.
Goddard’s goalie played well, turning shot after shot away from the whole game. Two questionable calls on Goddard allowed the Cavegirls’ Dugan to score two penalty kicks and that was enough for Carlsbad to escape with their No. 1 ranking intact and a 2-0 win Tuesday at Goddard Soccer Stadium.
“I’m so proud of you girls,” Martinez said. “I like the way you bounced back and hung tough against a good team. We competed after a tough weekend. We played well. We got some shots and we got some things going. I’m excited about what we can do in the future.”
Martinez felt like his team sucked it up this weekend and on Tuesday. He feels like his defense is the team’s strong point right now because he is playing a lot of players to get the experience for down the road.
One of the controversial calls during the game was a Goddard player being called for tripping, which allowed a penalty kick with 35:49 to play in the game. Another questionable call was when the referee called handball, which allowed Carlsbad to have a penalty kick with 10 minutes to play in the game.
The kick was successful and gave Carlsbad a 2-0 win. In the second half, Goddard took the game to Carlsbad, playing most of the second-half on Carlsbad’s side of the field. Goddard had more shots on goal in the second half — six — than they did in the first half — four — of the game.
Goddard falls to 3-4 on the season and will take on rival Roswell on Thursday at 5 p.m. at Goddard.
Roswell girls soccer
Roswell swarmed all over Valencia at Cielo Grande Soccer Complex, 4-0, Tuesday. Roswell’s sophomore Mariana Maldonado scored two goals on the afternoon and is leading the team in goals with nine on the season. Maldonado’s goals were enough to give the Lady Coyotes a 4-0 win over Valencia and improve their record to 4-3 on the season. Roswell received goals from Arlette Montanez and Ana Gomez in the win.
“Maldonado just works hard,” Ward said. “Her passion for the game is unbelievable. She takes every single second on the field and off the field — she loves it. She works hard and she loves it and wants to get better.”
Roswell bounced back from a loss to Aztec on Friday, 5-2, and then came back to win on Saturday, to beat Bloomfield, 3-2. Playing against a senior-laden team in Aztec and fighting until the end has Ward seeing a lot of good things in her young team. The team was able to bounce back against Bloomfield.
“The girls had a really good weekend,” Ward said. “We needed to win today. Now we’ll look forward to playing against Goddard on Thursday. We have 10 games on the road straight — it’s going to be hard. I told the girls it’s going to be tough.”
All season long, Roswell coach Samantha Ward has been the biggest believer in her team. From the summer of conditioning to preseason, to now in the games. Ward has continually preached to her team to stay together and not give up. It was evident this weekend when they split two games and won on Tuesday to go 4-3 on the season.
Ward is looking for her team to continue to do the little things that will help them get better. Ward is excited about her young team and the potential they have this year and beyond. For now, Ward wants to take it one game at a time. Ward loves the play she is getting from her defense, but also her goalkeeper.
Roswell will travel to Goddard and play them at 5 p.m. on Thursday.
Roswell’s reigning 5A coach of the year is at it again. She’s earning her money and showing why she is one of the best coaches in 5A. With a young team and having to replace 10 starters, Baca has three returning seniors and one of them is her daughter Jalen Baca.
Roswell took Artesia to the mat on Tuesday night before losing, 25-21, 27-25, 25-15, at the Coyote Den. In the second game, Roswell was up and had a chance to win before Artesia made a comeback with their veteran team.
“With the first two games against Roswell,” Artesia coach said, “we were lucky to come out on top — Roswell played us tough. One play either way and we could have lost.”
Roswell is 1-1 on the season. Baca felt like her team had opportunities in the first two sets to win.
“We made too many mistakes in the crucial moments,” Baca said.” We had a big letdown in the third set. We have a lot of inexperience on the court and you can see that. It’s going to be a season where we peak a little later and that’s OK.”
Baca feels like the team has improved since summer and will continue to get better as the season goes on.
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