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Soccer teams both fall

By Todd Fuqua

Photo by Todd Fuqua Ruidoso goal keeper Aldo Cardenas, top, leaps for the ball, Sept. 7, during his team's game against Alamogordo at Ruidoso Middle School.

RUIDOSO – It didn’t take long for things to go south for the Ruidoso boys soccer team, Sept. 7, at home against Alamogordo.

Photo by Todd Fuqua Ruidoso’s Jerrion Garrette chases down the ball, Sept. 7, during his team’s game against Alamogordo at Ruidoso Middle School.

Less than six minutes into the match, the Tigers had already put up two goals en route to a 10-0 victory ending early in the second half.

“There’s nothing more the coaches can do,” said Ruidoso coach Jamie Newsome. “We’ve given them the fundamentals, they just have to execute on their own. If they can’t do it, it will be difficult.”

The real problem – according to Newsome – the team’s inability to play defense.

Photo by Todd Fuqua Ruidoso forward Carlos Fierro, right, looks for a teammate to pass the ball to as Alamogordo’s Antonio Silva challenges him, Sept. 7, at Ruidoso Middle School.

“Defense needs to be tightened up. We practice and practice it, but when the game comes, we’re just out here to chase the ball around,” Newsome said. “We’ll see if they can do it or not in our next games.”

It didn’t help that one of Ruidoso’s best forwards – Aldo Cardenas – started the game in goal because of a pulled hamstring.

That put regular keeper Edder Bravo on defense.

“Edder is more valuable in the box, but Aldo is hurt right now, so we put him in there to try it,” Newsome said. “He won’t be running as much, an it worked for a little while. He did what he could.”

Alamogordo (5-3-1) held onto the ball almost exclusively, with the Warriors (0-6) getting only two really good shots on goal.

The Tigers had an 8-0 lead at the break.

Things didn’t go much better for Ruidoso’s girls, who lost 9-0 at Alamogordo. Both will try to get back on track, Sept. 12, when they host Lovington in a doubleheader at Ruidoso Middle School starting at 4 p.m.

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