Last season, the Ruidoso girls soccer team started off the year with an 8-0 loss to Goddard in the first round of the Alien City tournament at Roswell.
This year, they lost to Goddard again. Only this time, it was a 2-0 decision.
“The girls improved a lot since last year,” said Ruidoso coach Manuel Medrano. “We had a summer league, a team in the women’s league in Ruidoso, and we finished third overall.
“That has a lot to do with how they’re doing now,” he added. “They were active all summer.”
Ruidoso then defeated Lovington early Saturday morning in the second round to get to the consolation championship.
“They had lots of opportunities to score, and we did, too,” Medrano said. “Our keeper (Yustine Gomez) did a great job keeping them out of our goal. All the girls did great, and Yustine never got nervous and stayed focused.”
Focus was a problem in the final game, when Ruidoso took on District 4-4A/1A opponent Portales.
After drawing first blood, the Warriors fell 2-1 in overtime
“It was a tough game,” Medrano said. “It was tougher because of all the calls that were going against us.”
Medrano contended Portales benefitted from lenient officiating, while two Ruidoso players were given yellow cards.
“The girls got out of the game as a result,” Medrano said. “We scored first, but it was hard to get their minds back into it after the yellow cards.”
Ruidoso (1-2) is at Lovington, Aug. 26, at 11 a.m., and starts its home season with a 4:30 p.m. start against Artesia at Ruidoso Middle School.