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Roswell has six members on District soccer team


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For first-year coach David Sifuentes, the adjustment from club soccer was not too great. In his first year, he improved the team’s win-loss record, to 13-7 and 3-3 in district, and narrowly missed the playoffs.

First Team defender in District 4-5A, Benjamin Simpson, senior. Team Captain. Played all games, all minutes except one this season, and scored one goal. (AJ Roe Photo)

“We were a victory away from getting a playoff berth,” Sifuentes said. “You’re playing toe-to-toe and getting defeats from teams such as NMMI 1-0 (3A runner-up), Los Lunas 3-0 (4A state champs), Los Alamos 3-1 (4A runner-up), and Hobbs 1-0 and 2-1 (5A runner up).”

Sifuentes felt that obviously, the team expectations set at the beginning of the season were not met, as their mindset was to play at the state tournament in Albuquerque.

“However, as I look in retrospect and reflect,” Sifuentes said. “I believe we had a pretty successful season. As a first-year head coach, it was definitely a learning experience that helped me grow professionally, but more importantly personally.”

Sifuentes feels these experiences have given him the tools to manage better and make better decisions.

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Looking ahead, the Coyotes have a great pool of talent coming back next year with players that stepped up to the plate this season to earn a spot.

“Coaching in an educational environment, as I learned,” Sifuentes said, “is more than just sitting on the sideline and yelling directions to the kids. It also comes with the responsibility of being a role model, mentoring, human relations, extraordinary organizational skills, and increased personal awareness and understanding.”

In addition to those pictured: Honorable Mention goalkeeper, Estevan Mata #00, senior, played all games this season for a total of 1,558 minutes on the field, with 44 saves, and received 20 goals for an average of 1 goal per game.

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

Roswell’s Bruno Ramos was selected first-team forward in District 4-5A as a sophomore. He played in every game but one and scored 16 goals and had 10 assists. (AJ Roe Photo)
Roswell’s David Sifuentes Jr. was selected first-team midfielder. A sophomore, he played in all games this season, scoring four goals and recording 12 assists. (AJ Roe Photo)
Roswell’s Jonathan Brackeen was selected District 4-5A second-team midfielder. He played in every game and scored six goals and had three assists. (AJ Roe Photo)
Roswell’s Samuel Calvillo was selected District 4-5A forward as a senior. He missed six games this season and still scored 13 goals and had nine assists. (AJ Roe Photo)
RHS’ Gabriel Gomez, a junior, was selected second-team defender in District 4-5A. He played in every game this season for the Coyotes. (AJ Roe Photo)
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