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Goddard loses after relinquishing late lead

Goddard’s Edder Ortega Salazar (11) plays the ball Tuesday against Lovington. (Steve Notz Photo)

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Goddard boys soccer coach Fernando Sosa is so cool, he doesn’t sweat when it’s 100 degrees out. That almost changed when his team was unable to hold a 2-0 lead in the second half against Lovington. The Wildcats scored three goals in the second half, the last one coming with less than five minutes to play, as they came from behind to beat Goddard, 3-2, Tuesday at Cielo Grande Soccer Complex.

For the seniors, this has to hurt, because they have one game left. They play Portales to close out their careers. According to Sosa, he is disappointed because his team has not been able to close out games or hold onto leads. They have had their share of games they could have won.

This season Goddard has lost six games by one point, and two of those games have been district games. In this game, Goddard only had three shots on goal in the second half and spent much of the time trying to keep Lovington from assaulting their goal.

In the second half, the Wildcats had 10 shots on goal. One of the things that hurt Goddard was their starting goalie was not able to play. Sosa had to move some players around, which interfered with the normal rotation.

Jesus Carrasco (5) battles for possession. (Steve Notz Photo)

Goddard received goals from Malachi Elliott and Edder Salazar. Sosa, as a way of saying thank you, is going to start all eight seniors in the last game of the season on Thursday. Goddard has beaten Portales on Oct. 12, 4-3, and hopes to go out with a win.

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“This is a great bunch of kids,” Sosa said. “I told them this is one of the best teams I’ve had, we just couldn’t finish. That’s been the story of our season. These kids have skills and talent. I personally feel like we can beat any of these teams in our district.”

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

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