In the game that was the district home opener for the Roswell Coyotes, they had to overcome the elements of weather as well as Clovis. After having to wait early for two hours because of lightning in the area, the Roswell Lady Coyotes had to wait to celebrate Breast Cancer Awareness.
When the team gathered in a circle, they gave honor to those that were lost to breast cancer. Finally, they let the balloons go toward the sky. Roswell played as if this was the last game of the season as they fought for every loose ball.
Roswell had their shots on the goal but could not connect as Clovis scored a goal with 11:08 left in the first half and another goal with 22 minutes to go in the game as they defeated the Lady Coyotes, 2-0 at Cielo Grande Soccer Complex Tuesday night.
“Coming off of the loss to Carlsbad Saturday,” Ward said, “we adjusted some stuff at practice and as coaches, we sat down and we figured out what we needed to do better and what we needed to work on. The girls did a very good job of putting that stuff we work on in practice tonight. We couldn’t ask for more.”
Roswell played tenacious defense and kept attacking, but mostly the game was an up and down with neither team able to advance the ball toward the other team’s goal. Roswell is in a position to handle their own business with a game against Hobbs on Thursday. Hobbs has not won a district game yet and has two ties.
Coach Samantha Ward has her team playing relaxed with the right mix of intensity. She is starting three freshmen and playing two more in games that matter. The team is playing hard and close to breaking through to victory, that’s why Ward is preaching one game at a time and not letting the moment get too big for her team. Ward has to feel good that no one team is dominating the district and even with this loss, they have a chance to win the district.
“This is a tough district,” Ward said. “We are in a tough situation being in 5A. Our girls came to play, it’s a learning experience for the girls, they get better every practice and game and that’s all we can ask of them.”
Ward is proud of her team in the way that they have competed for every game this season. She also likes the team chemistry they have around each other. Ward stressed that no one has a bad attitude or is hanging their head and the girls expect to win — with the team being so young, the thing they cannot make up for is experience and closing out other teams. Something that will come from playing together and with time.
“We’re taking it one game at a time,” Ward said. “Right now we are just trying to keep the momentum going. Even with the loss, our girls’ spirits are high and we have to keep that going into Hobbs.”
Roswell has played 11 consecutive road games, before returning to Cielo Grande Soccer Complex.
“For any team to come into district 7-7 is huge,” Ward said. “Especially with our inexperience and our youth. One of the bright spots was we beat Goddard, Lovington and Artesia — all three teams are a rivalry. Our team has come back from being behind in those games to win. Our girls work hard and I have faith in them that we’ll be good.”
Roswell (7-9, 0-2 5A) will travel to Hobbs Thursday for a 6 p.m. match.
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