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Sifuentes coaches in two languages

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Roswell’s Bruno Ramos (14) puts a shot on the Lovington goaltender Tuesday night at Cielo Grande. (J.T. Keith Photo)

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As his team plays an up and down game of soccer, first-year coach David Sifuentes has his team ready for anything on the pitch. On Tuesday his team took on Lovington and the fans could hear his voice over all of the others. “Middle, jam the middle. C’mon, don’t let them do that to you.” And if the emphasis wasn’t enough, Sifuentes will yell even louder in Spanish.

Roswell High School soccer coach David Sifuentes. (File Photo)

“The kids that have played with me before,” Sifuentes said, “they understand. When I coach, I coach them in Spanish and the kids that don’t speak Spanish have picked up those key terms and they understand it. I think it’s an advantage and it throws off the opposing coaches.”

Sifuentes yelled a play out in Spanish with a little over six minutes left to go in the game. He told his player’s kickball. The Roswell player told the referee kickball and then kicked it to one of his teammates as Lovington’s defender played off of the player kicking the ball out of bounds. The player dribbled the ball to another player and kicked it to score the fourth goal of the game to give Roswell a 4-1 victory at Cielo Grande Soccer Complex.

“The last goal was told to my team in Spanish,” Sifuentes said, “we played the ball. He told the referee that ‘we play the ball’ as Brady Simpson scored the fourth goal of the game. It was a good win, I don’t think we played our best game today, but I think we put more opportunities than we had in the last game.”

Roswell scored two goals in the first half to lead, 2-0. At the intermission, he talked to his team and then let assistant coach Peter Stover talk to the team about being in a position of the defensive end of the field and making adjustments when kicking inside toward the goal.

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“We are a team,” Sifuentes said. “Those decisions are made as a team. I take responsibility whether we win or lose. At the end of the day, it’s my responsibility, but I let coach Stover be involved and be a part of coaching the team. We both have to make decisions. He (Stover) has all my trust to make decisions.”

This team is not taking any mess from any team as two players received a yellow card and a senior was given a red card and will have to sit out Senior Night on Thursday against Artesia. In a game where both teams were physical, on the sideline by the stands, Roswell’s Gerardo Valdez was toe to toe with a Lovington player on one occasion.

On another occasion, the game had to be stopped as a Lovington player and Roswell player both hit each other as the teams and referee had to stop the game for 15 minutes to let tempers cool down. It was enough to let Roswell heat up on the field again as they scored two more goals, to win 4-1.

“The boys need to understand,” Sifuentes said. “We don’t want the fighting to be a part of what we do. Sportsmanship is above all. We’re winning the game, there’s no reason to get in a situation. They get a yellow card and we get a red card. Now he has to sit out a game and will miss Senior Night.”

Sifuentes feels like his team did a good job against Los Alamos and dominated the game but didn’t get the win. In that game, Los Alamos didn’t have a shot on goal in the first half. In the second half, Roswell didn’t play well. The Coyotes are ranked No. 15 and need to be in the top 12 to make the playoff and in the top two in the district.

Roswell senior Samuel Calvillo scored two goals for the Coyotes and Bruno Ramos added one goal in the game.

Roswell hosts Artesia on Senior Night on Thursday at 6 p.m. at Cielo Grande Soccer Complex.

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