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Goddard seniors go out with win

Goddard seniors on Senior Day, from left to right: Keidy Martell; Montana Miranda; Paulina Delgado; Julie Martinez and Courtney Hernandez. (Steve Notz Photo)

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Scenes from Goddard Senior Day at Cielo Grande Soccer Complex. (Steve Notz Photo)

Coming into the season, Goddard coach Jamie Martinez and his team knew this would be a different season for them. No longer would the Lady Rockets be able to sneak up on other teams as they did last year.

This year they have gone from the hunter to the hunted. Now it means something when they play teams because every game is the other team’s World Cup. Slow starts in a few games, a few nicks to players that are starting to heal, it has been an adjustment as players have had to step up.

Goddard has gone through this rough stretch last year, now after three goals from team-leading scorer Ambrosia Teasyatwho and one goal from Ailyn Miramontes to lead the Lady Rockets to a 4-1 win over Socorro Wednesday night at Cielo Grande Soccer Complex.

All went as planned on Senior Night as the Miramontes scored the first goal of the game with 35 minutes to play in the first half. After the goal, it seemed that Goddard’s defense was all over the Lady Warriors and played most of the first half on the Socorro’s side of the field. Teasyatwho scored with 10 minutes left in the half to give Goddard a 2-0 lead going into halftime.

Socorro came out and scored a goal in the 30-minute mark in the game to cut the lead to 2-1. Teasyatwho came back and scored with 25 minutes to play in the game and then finished the scoring off with five minutes to play in the game.

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Goddard’s defense was the key to the game as they kept the Lady Warriors on their side of the field. Goddard’s goalie made a diving stop to turn away a shot on goal and preserve the lead in the first half.

Goddard coach Jamie Martinez has no worries about where his team is at. He has played freshmen, sophomores and will continue to tweak the lineup on a game-to-game basis until he finds the right fit. Martinez is reminded of where his team was last year at this time. Goddard had a losing record and then went on a roll to win the district.

District play starts on Tuesday at Lovington. He will give his team a couple of days off in hopes that his team comes back refocused for the stretch run. One of the unsung heroes that have stepped forward this season has been the lanky, quick-kicking left-wing, Teasyatwho. She shouldn’t be a newsflash to the Goddard fans, if only because she made all-state last year.

“I feel like I’ve got more confidence in shooting this year,” Teasyatwho said. “I either take it in to the middle or pass it off. I feel like this year we have more passing and more players. Today I was aiming more for the ground and most of the time I take high shots.”

Goddard moves to 6-7 on the season with district play about to start, the team seems to be picking up momentum.

“We’re heading in the right way,” Martinez said. “Our girls are looking good, everyone is stepping up and getting back in our groove. Tuesday is Lovington and then we have Artesia next Saturday here. We have to have those two games.”

Goddard travels to Lovington to play at 4 p.m., on Tuesday.


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