RUIDOSO – So, how does a team rebound from winning just one game, and that against a JV team?
That’s the question before Ruidoso boys soccer coach Jamie Newsome.
It’s not an easy question to answer, but it’s one he’s eager to tackle.
“It’s a new season, and this year we’ve got the numbers,” Newsome said. “My entire squad is back from last year except my seniors that graduated.”
Seniors Armando Gallerito and Edder Bravo will likely be the team leaders this season, joined by fellow seniors Jose Garcia and Christian Garcia.
Sophomore striker Brooks Eggleston – whose brother Garrett graduated last year – will shore up an offense that hopes to score a lot more points this season, as will junior Aldo Cardenas.
“We’ve also got a few eighth graders and freshmen coming up,” Newsome said. “We’ve got a good sized squad out, and they’re looking good.”
Newsome also has some help, with Evan Talbot taking on the role of assistant coach.
“Soccer is my first love, and I found out that coach Newsome has – from an official standpoint – been kind of going it alone for a while,” Talbot said. “I’m happy to offer up my support and anything I can do on and off the field to help these guys out.”
Newsome said that one move has helped a lot.
“Having him with us will help me push these guys a little harder,” Newsome said. “I push them hard, and he can help me pick up the slack.”
Ruidoso’s schedule is almost identical to the year before, with games against Las Cruces, Centennial and Oñate JVs on tap before starting District 4-4A/1A play against Moriarty less than a month into the season.
“Hopefully we can get some “w’s” out of these guys early,” Newsome said. “The younger guys just want to get out there and play.”
Girls already going
Ruidoso’s girls season started over the weekend with the Roswell Alien City tournament.
The short amount of time to get ready means coach Manuel Medrano has already been hard at work.
“I’ve been pushing them hard already,” Medrano said. “I’m happy with the team, it looks pretty strong. We just have to work a lot.”
The Warriors at least had a few more wins on their record, including a 2-1 victory over Portales in district.
They also lost to Portales, however, in overtime. There was also a stretch in the middle in which they lost or tied seven in a row.
“We’ve got some young and new girls, but they look pretty tough,” Medrano said. “Hopefully we can do much better than last year. That’s my priority.”