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Goddard is making their move

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A Goddard player dribbles the ball during Tuesday’s game against Lovington. (Steve Notz Photo)

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And down the stretch the Goddard girls soccer team comes. No matter what happens the rest of the season, the team has been a study in perseverance. Out of necessity Rockets’ coach Jamie Martinez has taught his team a sports lesson but more importantly a life lesson in never giving up.

With the season looking to be on the skids after a 2-1 loss to rival Roswell on Sept. 14 at the Albuquerque Academy Invitational, giving his team a three-game losing streak. Martinez had to make some hard choices and play people in positions they weren’t accustomed to playing.

In walks scoring sensation Abbi Edwards who has helped pick up the scoring slack. In this game, Edwards scored two goals to lead the Lady Rockets to a 4-0 victory over Lovington Tuesday at Cielo Grande Soccer Complex.

Martinez moved Edwards into a new position and Edwards is getting comfortable and learning to score the ball when she has shots on goal. Since her insertion into her new position, the team has won four out of five games with the fifth game being a 1-1 tie with Artesia. She has scored seven goals in the last three games.

Martinez has to like how the last three district games set up for the Lady Rockets. On Saturday, they face an Artesia team they tied earlier in the season, but it gets really sweet for them when they face a Portales team they defeated 8-0 on Friday. If that’s not a cherry on top with whip cream, they play this same Lovington team they defeated, 4-0 on Tuesday. As of now, they’re leading the district. For Martinez and Goddard, things don’t set up any nicer to make a return trip to the playoffs.

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“Our defense has been awesome,” Martinez said. “They shut Lovington down, my gosh. Our defense has kept us in close games. We didn’t have it up front in the games we lost, but we’re getting it back up front. We have to play tough against Artesia Saturday. We just have to get after it.”

The Rockets had goals from Ambrosia Teasyatwho and Annalicia Salas.

Goddard (8-7-1, 2-0-1) will travel at 1 p.m. to Artesia Saturday.

Roswell Boys

Roswell’s Bruno Ramos (14) works through a Hobbs defender Tuesday. (David Rocha Photo)

The secret is starting to get out about playing Roswell in a big game. They may come out in a red or white uniform, but chances are, depending on how big the game is — black uniforms will be the color of choice. Just like the football team did last year against Goddard, that move surprised all in the Wool Bowl.

On Tuesday, first-year coach David Sifuentes didn’t try to be covert in his uniform choice — the team just came out in black uniforms. The uniforms helped as the team played with an edge to them. Roswell had the heartbreak of all heartbreaks called on them — the referees called a foul on a push by Roswell with less than a minute to go in the game. The foul was called right in front of Roswell’s net.

Hobbs took a penalty kick right in front of the net by Hobbs’ Keaton Hartman as he made a kick just inside to tie the game. Hobbs would score in less than a minute into overtime to defeat Roswell, 2-1, on Tuesday at Cielo Grande Soccer Complex.

The loss was the second to Hobbs in five days, as Roswell lost 1-0 at Hobbs on Friday. This loss leaves Roswell in a tough spot in the district with two games left to play. The game was very physical but Roswell managed to score on a penalty kick by Samuel Calvillo. The kick gave Roswell a second-half lead that looked like it was going to stand up — the fouls were called with less than a minute left in the game.

“Life’s not fair,” Sifuentes said. “I told our kids to get over it. Simple as that. Nobody died, we still have a chance to get a playoff berth and get to state, but we have to win. At the end of the day, things balance out just like everything else. Sometimes things go for you and sometimes they go for you. We have to pick ourselves up and keep playing.”

Roswell plays at Carlsbad at 3 p.m. Saturday.

Roswell Girls

Roswell Youth Soccer Association (RYSA) teams up with the Roswell Lady Coyotes soccer team during the presentation of the color guard and National Anthem before Tuesday’s game against Hobbs. (David Rocha Photo)

Coaches used to say the best thing about freshmen is they become sophomores. Well, Roswell’s girls’ soccer coach Samantha Ward can’t wait for it to be next year. In district play, this is starting to be Groundhog Day if the Lady Coyotes cannot win a district game.

Roswell made a charge when freshman Arlette Montanez was confronted in front of the net by an Artesia goalie and defender. Montanez kicked the ball and the goalie blocked the shot with her hands, knocking the ball down. The ball fluttered to the ground in front of the net as Montanez gathered herself and kicked it into the middle of the net. It was the only score for Roswell and they lost to Hobbs, 4-1, Tuesday night at Cielo Grande Soccer Complex.

“Honestly, Hobbs had three shots in the first half,” Roswell soccer coach Samantha Ward said. “We made adjustments and played better in the second half. We just have to keep working and improving. Our team is not backing down and not shutting it down. Our girls know they belong. We are just being positive with our girls and getting better.”

Roswell plays at home for Senior Day at 1 p.m. Saturday.

NMMI

NMMI junior mid-fielder Daniel Angulo with a shot on goal early in the first half against Artesia last month. (Christopher Mumba File Photo)

NMMI is in first place in the district after a 5-1 victory over Hatch Valley on Tuesday. With two games left to play, Tuesday’s win all but assures the Colts at least a share of the district crown. This has to rank as one of the finest seasons for coach John Barbour, whose team is 14-1-1 on the season.

NMMI travels to Socorro at 3 p.m. on Saturday.

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

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