RUIDOSO – The good news is, Ruidoso’s girls soccer team was able to win a match over the weekend.
The bad news is, it wasn’t a district match.
After felling Goddard, 2-1, on Saturday, Ruidoso’s Warriors dropped a 3-0 decision to Hope Christian, Sept. 26, to remain winless in District 4-4A/1A.
“I was a little upset with the refs and how things were called,” said Ruidoso coach Manuel Medrano. “One of those goals was a penalty kick that shouldn’t have been, because there was no intention of my defender to touch the ball (with her hand).
“But there is a rule it has to be intentional, and they gave them a penalty kick,” he added. “But the girls played OK against Hope Christian after being a little intimidated.”
Being shutout isn’t the goal of any coach, but to lose just 3-0 to last year’s State runner-up is commendable.
Medrano said he knows his team (2-8-1, 0-2 district) can be even better down the road.
“It took them a little while to wake up and make better passes, but comparing this game to last year, they improved a lot,” Medrano said. “We’ll just have to work harder for our next game.”
Bad second half
Ruidoso’s boys remain winless after an 8-0 loss to the Huskies, but this was a game that was just 2-0 at the break.
After halftime, things collapsed for the Warriors.
“It’s the same problems we’ve had in the past. Our defense broke down after playing a great first half,” said Ruidoso coach Jamie Newsome. “Our defense broke down and they didn’t know what they were doing.”
It’s not like Ruidoso (0-10, 0-3) was playing particularly badly. In fact, they were coming off a respectable game against New Mexico Military Institute over the weekend, a 3-0 loss.
Newsome was at a loss to describe his team’s demise in the second half.
“They couldn’t play their spots, couldn’t mark their man. They just broke down,” Newsome said. “The ones we had playing hard – three or four of them – just couldn’t hold the whole team up when so many are slacking off and chasing the ball instead of playing the ball.”
Both teams will have to get right quick, as they take on Hatch in a home doubleheader, Sept. 28. The girls take on Artesia on the roach, then both get back into district play at Portales, Oct. 3
“We’re young, but the older guys are pushing the younger guys hard,” Newsome said. “They play great in practice, they push the ball, they pass it right. When it comes to game time, they get scared. They have to get more aggressive.”