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Roswell boys soccer team is on fire

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Roswell senior Samuel Calvillo scores a goal here against Carlsbad as Roswell won their district home opener 4-0 on Saturday at Cielo Grande Soccer Complex. (David Rocha Photo)

Roswell’s first-year soccer coach, David Sifuentes, might try to play the nice guy routine, and he’s happy just to be handed the reins of one of the most successful soccer programs in the state. If you believe that, then nobody is on public assistance in the United States. No matter what language he talks and coaches in, Sifuentes has his players playing with a fire, passion and intensity.

On their matchup against Carlsbad, the Coyotes made the Cavemen feel bothered and out of sync and the Roswell players let their opponent know it with their actions and their words. So much so, that Carlsbad coaches and players voiced their displeasure after getting beat by Roswell, 4-0 on Saturday at Cielo Grande Soccer Complex.

“I think we ruffled their feathers, because we dominated them,” Sifuentes said. “The kids have to understand that when you lose a game, people are going to be mad. Their coach was mad. I don’t think they’re used to losing this bad.”

Sifuentes might talk and act like a mild-mannered guy before and after the game, but during the game, his voice can be heard at halftime and during the game. On Saturday, he yelled to his son, David Sifuentes, “Middle David, get back to the middle. David. David. David. Get back to the middle.”

After the game, Sifuentes is able to let parents throw cake in his face for charity and a good cause. Of course, it’s easier when his team has won 10 out of 12 games, and have started 1-0 in the district play.

This season has exceeded any of his expectations. Sifuentes knew that coming into the season, his team had the talent and the ability to be where they are now, 11-4 with five games remaining. He didn’t know if the players would pick up his system fast enough. One of the prerequisites to play for him is that an athlete can’t be thin-skinned, and they have to have an edge to them and hustle, hustle, hustle at all times.

Roswell had four players score goals for them to keep the scoring balanced. Jonathan Brackeen scored the team’s first goal. Samuel Calvillo added the second goal for Roswell, and Jason Madrid knocked in a header in front of the goal. David Sifuentes hit a cross goal to end the scoring.

Carlsbad was never in the game and had limited shots on goal the whole game. One thing that could derail their playoff hopes is they had an injury to one of their players, Garrette Barron. He will see a doctor this week.

It will be a busy week for the Coyotes as they will play Clovis Tuesday, and then finish their game at Hobbs on Thursday — the second half of the game they did not finish because of the weather. Roswell will then go to Carlsbad on Saturday. Roswell likes playing so many games every other day. Sifuentes thinks teams cannot handle their frenetic pace that they play with and eventually their style of play will wear teams down. On Friday, the day before the game, Sifuentes had his team do conditioning to stay sharp.

“I think the only team that can beat us, is us,” Sifuentes said. “I think if we come out and do what we know how to do — kids understand the game — we’re going to be up there.”

Roswell travels to Clovis for a 6 p.m. match on Tuesday.