Clovis goalie Josh Bussen, left, and Kiko Velez, right, congratulate Jayme Nauman after he scored the game winning goal in the second overtime of Saturday’s match against Roswell Goddard. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth)
By Jesse Wolfersberger: CNJ staff writer
The Clovis Wildcats saw tangible proof Saturday why practice is so important.
With no time left on the clock in the second overtime, Jayme Nauman blasted in a penalty kick to give the Wildcats the 4-3 win at the Yucca Soccer Complex.
“I practice that shot every day with the keepers and I nail it every time,” Nauman said. “I’ve had a lot of practice with it, so I was pretty confident.”
Down 2-1 at halftime, Clovis tied the game four minutes into the second half when senior Eric Barela hacked a bouncing ball into the back of the net from 16 yards out.
The Wildcats went up 3-2 two minutes later on a 20-yard, left-foot bullet from junior Scott Elliott.
Clovis coach Shaun Gill said his team failed to keep the game out of reach.
“I felt like we dominated the first 10 minutes of the second half,” Gill said. “The last 10 or 15 minutes we lost focus and we lost control of the middle and that’s when they were able to score a goal to tie it up.”
With the score tied, the game headed to overtime.
In the final seconds of the first overtime, it looked like Goddard would take the lead, but junior goalkeeper Josh Bussen knocked away a free kick.
Bussen said he let in two weak goals during regulation, so he wanted to play well in overtime.
“I felt bad about missing those couple goals,” Bussen said. “So it was great to save one like that. We have been practicing those.”
Bussen again brought up practice when talking about his team’s conditioning.
“We’ve been doing extra running, and we hate it.” Bussen said. “(going into overtime) coach said, ‘this is why.’ And we came out stronger and faster than they did. We were beating them to every ball.”
The whistle that gave Nauman a penalty kick was vehemently protested by Goddard’s players and coaching staff. Two Rockets received yellow cards for arguing the call.
Goddard coach David Lawrence declined comment after the game.
Gill thinks his team would have prevailed if the call was not made and the game remained tied after two overtimes.
“I’m thoroughly confident we would have won in (penalty kicks) anyway,” Gill said. “We work on them all the time.”
Clovis (6-4) had to play the last 35 minutes of the game without one of their leading scorers in Elliott. He was ejected from the game after his second yellow card.
Gill said other players filled the void Elliott left in the middle of the field.
“He’s a big body in the middle, he’s fast, and he’s real dominant with that left foot,” Gill said. “Without that we don’t click as easily. But we rotated the lineup, got some guys in there who filled in for him, and we were fine.”
Clovis 4, Goddard 3
Goddard 2 1 0 0 — 3
Clovis 1 2 0 1 — 4
G — Fernando Garcia, 2:32
C — Devin Aragon, 30:26
G — Rene Ruiz (Tyler Ortega), 38:40
C — Eric Barela, 3:58
C — Scott Elliott, 5:32
G — Ruiz, 35:23
C — Jayme Nauman
Shots — Goddard 24, Clovis 23. Corner kicks — Goddard 3, Clovis 6. Saves — Goddard 11, Clovis 10. Record — Clovis 6-4.