RUIDOSO – Just like in their match against Moriarty, Ruidoso’s boys soccer team started strong and finished weak.
That’s how the Warriors ended up falling, 7-1, to New Mexico Military Institute on Oct. 10, despite getting the match’s first goal.
“The defense just fell apart, like they know how,” said Ruidoso coach Jamie Newsome. “There’s only so much we as coaches can do.”
After the Warriors (0-14, 0-6 District 4-4A/1A) played solid defense and aggressive offense to start, Aldo Cardenas broke free with 25:47 left in the first half and got himself a goal to give his team the 1-0 lead.
However, he could have had at least one more. Ten minutes into the match, Colt keeper Allen Varela was well out of the net after kicking it away, and Cardenas found himself with the ball about 30 yards out.
But the kick sailed high and to the right.
“We should have had more goals, and we weren’t winning anything in the middle,” Newsome said. “You put all these pieces together, we’d have a good game.”
Martin Ahumada later tied things up with 6:58 left in the half, and for a while it seemed that would be it until halftime.
At least it seemed that way until Luis Tzintzum shot a ball off Warrior keeper David Marshall, who couldn’t corral it.
The ball barely went across the goal line, and the Colts (6-8, 2-3) had a 2-1 lead.
Less than a minute later, Tzintzum got an assist when he kicked it across the field to Ahumada, who slammed it home.
While it was only 3-1 at halftime, those two quick scores near the end of the first half got to the Warriors, according to Newsome.
“These guys are coming into these games with their heads high, but then they allow some goals and things fall apart,” Newsome said. “They’re breaking down once the other team scores, and they don’t know how to recover from that.”
Whatever the reason, Ruidoso’s defense broke down the rest of the way and the Colts cruised to the win.
Now, with only two matches left in the regular season and no wins, Ruidoso’s chances of a post-season berth are non-existent, so Newsome is just hoping his team can at least be competitive.
“Hopefully we can give them some games, at least make them earn their points,” Newsome said.
Notes: Ruidoso is at Hope Christian, Oct. 14, then returns home Oct 17 for their season finale against Portales at 5 p.m. . . . It’s depressing, yet interesting: Ruidoso’s last three games have all been decided by the exact same score, 7-1.