RUIDOSO – The Warriors girls soccer team lost its second straight game by the exact same score, Aug. 29, falling to Artesia 3-1 in their home opener at Ruidoso Middle School.
This came after a 3-1 loss at Lovington on Friday.
Ruidoso coach Manuel Medrano wasn’t happy with the losses, but was still pleased with the effort his girls gave.
“It was a pretty good game, it was intense,” Medrano said. “Unfortunately, after we scored the first goal, we couldn’t keep it on their side. We’re working hard in practice on making more passes and trying to possess the ball more.”
Ruidoso (1-3) actually scored first early in the game, when Kaitlyn Williams broke free and fired one into goal from the left side.
But the Warriors wouldn’t get nearly as good a look after that, while Artesia (3-1) kept the ball on Ruidoso’s side of the field almost exclusively.
Warrior keeper Yustine Gomez did her best to keep the ball out of the goal, but all the shots eventually wore her down and Zailor Lopez finally got one past her at 12:35 to tie it.
It stayed tied – despite several more shots on goal – until just before the end of the first half.
After Ruidoso was called for a handball, the Bulldogs got what amounted to a goal kick, and Sadi Butler shot it over the wall of defenders right to Gomez.
Gomez blocked it, but Butler was there to put the rebound in to give her team the 2-1 lead at the break.
For most of the second half, the Warriors played much as they had in the first – very few offensive drives, a lot of defensive play.
Eventually, the Bulldogs broke through again when Elisa Cardenas sent it in from the right side with 6:56 left for the final score.
In all, it wasn’t a bad performance for the Ruidoso girls. They had the drive and work ethic, they just didn’t have the speed and endurance needed to outlast Artesia.
Medrano said those things will come before they start district play.
“I’m really happy with the girls and the job they did today,” Medrano said. “I have a few girls injured that can’t give 100 percent yet. Hopefully they’ll get better and we’ll see more attacking on our part.
“The girls have put in a lot of effort every day,” he added. “You can tell the girls are working hard. We’re coming from a team that a couple of years ago were being 10-goaled every game.”
Both the boys and girls teams are at Las Cruces this Friday for a doubleheader at Las Cruces Centennial, then welcome another Las Cruces junior varsity in Onate to the RMS field on Saturday, starting at 11 a.m.