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Goddard falls to St. Pius X in semifinal game

Goddard’s Ambrosia Teasyatwho (16) looks for an open teammate during Thursday’s Class 4A semifinal game against St. Pius X in Albuquerque. (Steve Notz Photo)

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Goddard coach Jamie Martinez went around to every player on his team and hugged them or shook their hand for the effort they had given him and Goddard soccer.

For the Goddard girls’ soccer team seniors, this will be a year to remember and to be thankful for. This year was in doubt. It wasn’t certain they were going to have a season.

When they finally did, it took them four games to get going, but by the time it was all said and done they were playing in the semifinal game. For this class of seniors, they have come farther than even they realize.

The dream — for the Lady Rockets to win their second state title — ended on the Saint Pius X Ben Rios Field Thursday afternoon as Goddard lost to St. Pius X, 3-1. Goddard gave up three goals in the first half, two of them on a penalty kick. That was too much to overcome.

“I told our girls how proud I am of them,” Martinez said. “They left everything out on the field today and I cannot ask for more than that. This is what it feels like to play in the semifinals with everything on the line. It hurts because we felt we had a chance to win.”

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The Lady Sartans started fast, scoring their first goal of the game with 38:02 left to play. They scored their next goal with 18:48 left in the first half when Goddard deflected the ball and a Lady Sartan kicked it in from the right hash in front of the goal. Their next goal came with 12:53 to play when the shot sailed over the outstretched hands of the Goddard goalie.

One of the differences in the game was that the Lady Rockets had three shots on goal in the first half to St. Pius X’s eight. St. Pius X ran a controlled offense and started their offense on the sides and pushed everything up the sidelines toward the middle. They also seemed to run to the ball a little quicker. Goddard didn’t have any clean looks at the goal and everything they did was contested.

It just seemed to be St. Pius X’s day when a ball was deflected off the goalie and a player from the Sartans put the ball through the net. With things appearing to not be going their way, Goddard received a break when a foul was called on the Lady Sartans. Goddard’s Sarah Mathison kicked the ball from the right hash mark, just over the outstretched hand of the St. Pius X goalie, to give life to the Lady Rockets.

The good news about this match is that the Lady Rockets had their season and a chance to play. They don’t have to feel robbed of their senior year and not getting to play this year. And with that, they can live with being defeated by a better opponent. 

“These players should have no regrets about today,” Martinez said. “They will look back on this year and day with fond memories. This will prepare them for life. I’m proud of them as young ladies and the way they represent Goddard soccer.”

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

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