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Goddard’s freshmen on fire against Carlsbad

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Goddard’s Nicolas Baca (1) takes a shot at the Carlsbad goal during Tuesday’s season opener. (Shawn Naranjo Photo)

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The good news is that sports are back. No one knew what it would look like, but for veteran Goddard coach Fernando Sosa, that is OK. He is learning to make do with what he has — and that was enough in the first game of the season.

Goddard’s Kenneth Velarde (19) moves the ball past a Carlsbad defender. (Shawn Naranjo Photo)

Sosa has turned to a group of hungry freshmen to play winning soccer. Freshman Oscar Varela scored the first goal of the game on a cross and received an assist from freshman teammate Kenneth Velarde at the 38:58-minute mark of the game.

Nothing seemed to rattle the team, as they kept the composure of a veteran group that has played together for years. Carlsbad tied the game and Goddard came right back and kept forcing the action as they had eight shots on goal to Carlsbad’s two in the second half.

It was good enough to win, 2-1, in their season and home opener Tuesday afternoon at Goddard.

“I have a lot of freshmen,” Sosa said. “They are going to be good. Our defense was really strong today. Christian Mojica really took care of everybody back there. He’s the main defender, he controlled everybody back there.”

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Goddard (1-0) scored again as senior Nicolas Baca shot across to Velarde. Velarde scored the game-winning goal at the 58-minute mark of the game. Goddard received excellent goalie play from Austin Edwards who defended the net well in the first half.

Sosa said Isai Mejia and freshman Hector Arrieta played well in addition to Baca. Sosa said he couldn’t say enough good things about Cesar Mojica, Tyler Schmidt, Ivan Rodriguez and the job they did in controlling the middle. Sosa put freshmen Victor Diaz and Owen Gregory in the game for their defensive prowess.

For the Rockets to do well this season, Sosa is expecting big things from Rodriguez and Schmidt. One of the best things to come out of the pods for the Rockets is they learned how to pass together.

Sosa hopes they will continue to play well together. One of the things Sosa wants his team to do better: pass into the corners.

“This is only after one practice,” Sosa said. “It’s one game and we’ll see what happens. What’s good about these kids is you can tell they have played on select teams. They brought the heat tonight.”

Goddard plays nine games this season, and starts district play next week.

Goddard plays at home against Hobbs today at 3 p.m.

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

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