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Ruidoso girls fall just short

By Todd Fuqua

Photo by Todd Fuqua Ruidoso's Anahi Hernandez settles the ball during her team's game against Moriarty, Sept. 20, at Ruidoso Middle School.

RUIDOSO – After a scoreless first half, it looked as though Ruidoso’s girls soccer team might be much more competitive than many might have thought against Moriarty on Sept. 20.

Photo by Todd Fuqua Ruidoso forward Mayve Medrano, right, contends with Moriarty's Araceli Kamplain for control of the ball, Sept. 20, at Ruidoso Middle School.

Photo by Todd Fuqua Ruidoso forward Mayve Medrano, right, contends with Moriarty’s Araceli Kamplain for control of the ball, Sept. 20, at Ruidoso Middle School.

The Lady Pintos actually had more shots on goal, but Ruidoso keeper Yustine Gomez was showing extreme confidence in the net.

“She’s doing awesome, and this was her first game as keeper,” said Ruidoso coach Manuel Medrano. “She wanted the opportunity, and she’s doing a great job.”

However, Moriarty was able to get the first goal of the match just two minutes into the second half, then added another on a Jean Massey shot with three minutes left to take a 2-1 victory.

“The girls improved a lot in the second half, and I’m happy with that,” Mecrano said. “I was a little nervous before the game, but I know what the girls can do. They started playing like they’re supposed to, and I think it was a big surprise for (Moriarty).”

Photo by Todd Fuqua Ruidoso's Alejandra Esparza, left, controls the ball in front of Moriarty's Ashley Strader, Sept. 20, at Ruidoso Middle School.

Photo by Todd Fuqua Ruidoso’s Alejandra Esparza, left, controls the ball in front of Moriarty’s Ashley Strader, Sept. 20, at Ruidoso Middle School.

Ruidoso (4-7, 0-1 District 4-4A/1A) got its only goal inside of 30 minutes left in the game off a corner kick.

The ball glanced off a Moriarty defender and went in for an own-goal to tie it at 1-all.

After that, the Lady Warriors gained confidence and continued to pressure the Moriarty defense with good passes, but couldn’t seem to get the shot on goal they wanted.

In the end, it was the Lady Pintos (6-6-1, 1-0) that came away the victor.

“We just couldn’t finish the plays,” Medrano said. “In the first half I wasn’t too happy because they weren’t passing. But the second half the girls came out really strong.”

Ruidoso is at Hatch Thursday before returning home Sept. 27 for a district match against Hope Christian.

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