RUIDOSO – True, Ruidoso’s boys soccer team hasn’t won any games this season – the girls have been slightly better with four victories and a tie – but at least the Warriors are looking a little more competitive of late.
After starting District 4-4A/1A play with shutout losses to NMMI and Hope Christian, Ruidoso had a competitive match against Portales in a 2-1 loss.
Since then, the Warriors have lost twice by identical scores – 7-1 – to Hatch and Moriarty.
Against the Pintos, Oct. 7, Ruidoso was making a game of it in the first half, down just 3-1 at the break.
Then everything fell apart.
“We need them to tighten up and play better defense for the whole game, not just a half here and there,” said Ruidoso coach Jamie Newsome. “We got the team spirit up, but not as far up as we needed.”
This was pretty much how they played at Hatch, as well. Great in the first half, not so great in the second.
After spotting Moriarty a 2-0 lead with rapid fire goals 20 minutes in, Ruidoso (0-13, 0-5 district) got on the board when the Pintos (11-4-1, 4-1) couldn’t clear the ball and Luis Enriquez shot it in from way out.
Despite the poor second half, the match could have been more of a blowout if it hadn’t been for the goal play by keeper David Marshall.
It was the first entire game Marshall had been keeper, and he proved he’s got the skills.
“He did a great job in his first full varsity game as a keeper,” Newsome said. “He was telling the defense where he wanted them to be. He was doing his job, but the defense broke down again.”
There’s only three matches left in the regular season, two at home, including an Oct. 10 match against NMMI.
While State may not be on the table, respectability certainly is down the stretch.
“When I first started coaching these guys, they’d get in a tie game or one point up, playing hard,” Newsome said. “Then it breaks down there at the very last. We’re just not playing a complete game, and we’ll be all right if we can keep it going that way.”