RUIDOSO – For about two-thirds of their District 4-4A/1A soccer match with New Mexico Military Institute on Sept. 24, the Ruidoso Warriors looked pretty good.
No, they hadn’t scored a goal – something they haven’t done for almost a month now – but the Warriors were down by just one score at the break and their defense looked more solid than it had in a while.
But NMMI woke up in the second half to add two goals in three minutes and take a 3-0 victory.
“Those two quick goals got us. The guys let their guard down,” said Ruidoso coach Jamie Newsome.
Ruidoso (1-6, 0-2 district) has been without some major players in the backfield, and Newsome has been trying to piece together a lineup that can keep the other squad from scoring.
“The new defense actually helped out a lot today. We’ve been working on that,” Newsome said. “We just have to tighten up and keep the pressure on them. The defense did what it’s supposed to do, just not enough of it.”
More importantly, however, the Warriors haven’t scored themselves, despite utilizing good passes to get them open shots at the goal.
Saturday was no exception.
“We just have to execute those opportunities we have,” Newsome said. “We got the shots on goal, we just have to get them in the box.”
Ruidoso has three road matches coming up, including a contest at Hope Christian on Sept. 27. To say that’s a must-win contest for Ruidoso is an understatement.
“It will be a big test. These private schools kind of get in their heads a little bit,” Newsome said. “But when it’s all said and done, it’s all left on the field.”