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Warrior losing streak continues

By Todd Fuqua

Photo by Todd Fuqua Ruidoso defender Armando Gallerito, left, heads the ball away from the Warrior goal on a corner kick in front of Moriarty's Franklin Rea, Sept. 20, at Ruidoso Middle School. Looking on is Ruidoso goal keeper Edder Bravo.

RUIDOSO – Six games of frustration continued for the Ruidoso boys soccer team, Sept. 20, as the Warriors opened up the District 4-4A/1A season against Moriarty.

Photo by Todd Fuqua Ruidoso forward Christian Garcia, left, gets into a mini scrum over the ball with Moriarty's Talon Hart, Sept. 20, at Ruidoso Middle School.

Photo by Todd Fuqua Ruidoso forward Christian Garcia, left, gets into a mini scrum over the ball with Moriarty’s Talon Hart, Sept. 20, at Ruidoso Middle School.

After dodging numerous bullets in the first half, highlighted by save after save by keeper Edder Bravo, Moriarty got its first goal 16 minutes into the first half.

It was only 3-0 at the break, but the Pintos (3-9, 1-0 District 4-4A/1A) poured it on in the second half to take a 7-0 victory.

Ruidoso (1-6, 0-1) has now lost six in a row since a season opening win over the Las Cruces JV, and they haven’t scored a single goal since then, either.

Moriarty scored on two penalty kicks in the second half, while the Warriors got just two good shots on goal from Aldo Cardenas.

“They just couldn’t get the ball to him,” said Ruidoso coach Jamie Newsome. “He got a few good breakaways, but there was no one there to assist him in the middle. But he (Cardenas) has a bad habit of shooting it close to the keeper instead of the outside of the net.”

Photo by Todd Fuqua Ruidoso forward Aldo Cardenas takes a shot on goal, Sept. 20, at Ruidoso Middle School.

Photo by Todd Fuqua Ruidoso forward Aldo Cardenas takes a shot on goal, Sept. 20, at Ruidoso Middle School.

Defensively, Bravo was being shelled because the Warrior defense kept breaking down. That highlights how desperately Ruidoso misses Jose Enriquez in the backfield.

Enriquez – out for the season with an injury – was not only solid as a kicker and defender, his voice was on of unification to keep the Warriors moving in the right direction.

“The defense just dropped the ball big time today,” Newsome said. “They were just standing around and weren’t talking at all. I need one of these other guys to step up. I need to find somebody that wants to do the job.”

With a road match at Hatch on Sept. 22, Ruidoso hopes to regroup in time for its next home match against New Mexico military Institute, Sept. 24.

Normally a powerhouse, the Colts are 1-7-1 on the year, 0-1 in district after a 6-0 loss at home to Hope Christian.

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