Prep soccer: Sandia blanks Cats

Sandia’s Kyle French rips a shot through the Clovis defense during the second half of the Clovis-Sandia soccer game Saturday at the Yucca soccer complex. French’s shot sailed high on the play. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth)

By John Eisel: CNJ sports writer

After Saturday’s game at the Yucca soccer complex, Clovis soccer coach Shaun Gill told his team to forget the game and just concentrate on Tuesday’s game at Carlsbad.

The results were forgettable, as Sandia shutout Clovis 10-0 in a District 4-5A mismatch, with the game ending with 10:20 left in the second half because of the mercy rule. It’s Clovis’ third straight loss.

“We wore down and they just kept getting goals,” Gill said.
The Matadors (11-1, 3-0 4-5A) outshot Clovis 38-3, with those few Wildcat shots easily handled by the Sandia goalkeepers.

Defensively, Clovis (6-9, 0-3) managed to slow down the initial Matador push, allowing a single breakaway goal — with five seconds left in the first half. Gill also said his team made some defensive errors and there were a few misjudgments by the goalkeepers.

Gill initially tried to pack his players back on defense, but after the Matadors scored two goals in the match’s first 18 minutes, he moved his players up to try to put some offense on the board. But the move backfired, Gill said, because his team didn’t transition well from defense to offense.

“We didn’t want to get beat too bad, and well, self-fulfilling prophecy,” Gill said.

Sandia’s goals came in flurries, with three coming in a three-minute period in the first half and another three over a five-minute period midway through the second half.

Michael Reed had a hat trick and an assist for Sandia. Eight Matadors scored.

The Clovis junior varsity (7-1) squad’s perfect season came to an end, as they lost 7-0 to Sandia’s JV.