RUIDOSO – When Ruidoso’s girls got their only goal of the day against the Las Cruces Oñate JV, Sept. 2, at Ruidoso Middle School, it was the perfect example of teamwork.
Kaitlyn Williams and Mayve Medrano ran a two-pronged attack against the Knights, passing back and forth until Medrano got shot off for the goal less than 10 minutes into the match.
Oñate’s girls were able to tie it about 10 minutes later on a score by Angelita Altamimeo, and that’s how the game ended – a 1-all tie.
Certainly, the Warriors (1-4-1) would have liked an outright win, but it’s better than a loss.
“I feel like we pressure ourselves too much,” said Medrano of her team’s mindset during a game. “I know we can do this, we do it a lot in practice. But in the game we’ have too much pressure and we don’t pass that much. But I know we can do it.”
As in games past, Ruidoso didn’t have much of an offensive attack, unable to put three girls on the offensive front line to punch holes in the Knight defense.
That is something that can be corrected, according to coach Manuel Medrano, but it will take work.
“It’s been hard for these girls to keep the ball away from our goal,” Medrano said. “But the goal we had is exactly what I’m trying to get these girls to do. But when it’s a game, they get frustrated.
“But we’ll continue working, trying to get those kind of plays all the time,” he added.