RUIDOSO – Both the Ruidoso boys and girls soccer teams knew their doubleheader against Portales, Oct. 17, would be their last of the 2017 season, win or lose.
So they both decided to make them games to remember.
True, they both were shut out – the boys lost 5-0, while the girls dropped a 1-0 decision – but Warrior boys coach Jamie Newsome said at least the Rams had to earn their victory.
“They played their heart out here, finally. It should have been this way from the beginning of the season,” Newsome said. “They made Portales work for their goals tonight.”
Ruidoso’s boys (0-16, 0-8 District 4-4A/1A) finally played with an intensity Newsome had been striving for from the beginning of the season. Even though they were down 3-0 at halftime, every goal came at great expense to the Rams (8-8, 2-4).
In fact, the Warriors held Portales scoreless in the second half until about 5 minutes left in the game, when a corner kick led to a scrum in front of the Ruidoso goal.
Felix Olivas eventually came up with it and sent it in.
Less than a minute later, Portales had another goal to finish things up.
Ruidoso wasn’t without their chances, but the excitement and adrenaline got to the Warrior strikers when they had a shot on goal.
“They got a little excited on those,” Newsome said. “When they get excited, that ball flies hard.”
Girls oh so close
But for an errant kick in the first half, the Ruidoso girls’ match against Portales might have gone into overtime at least.
Through 36 minutes in the first half, things remained scoreless until Ram Lillie Saiz put one in from 30 yards out to give Portales (8-10, 3-3) the only goal it would need.
Ruidoso (4-12-1, 0-6) tried its mightiest to get an equalizer or even the win, but the ball just didn’t bounce their way.
“It was a good game. I’m not complaining,” said Ruidoso coach Manuel Medrando. “We had a few chances to score, we just couldn’t make those goals.
“The one they (Portales) scored on us, that’s part of the game,” he added. “I’m happy with my girls. They did a good job.’