Goddard blanks CHS

Clovis’ Cassie Belford, left, battles Goddard’s Sara Torrez for the ball during during Tuesday’s girls soccer matchup at Yucca Soccer Complex. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth)

By Jesse Wolfersberger: CNJ staff writer

Clovis High girls soccer coach Larry Jones found some positives on Tuesday despite the Lady Wildcats’ 5-0 loss to Roswell Goddard at Yucca Soccer Complex.

“They are starting to do the things we want them to do,” Jones said of his squad. “But we have to put it together for the whole 80 minutes, not just in spurts.”

The Lady Rockets improved to 10-3 with the non-district win. The Lady Cats begin District 4-5A play on Tuesday at home against Carlsbad.

“These games are just going to make us better,” Jones said of his team’s challenging non-district schedule. “We’re gearing up for when we start district next Tuesday. After that game, I’ll be able to give you a better realistic view of where we’re at.”

Jones said his team is still focused on making it to the postseason.

“We still have a good chance to compete for the playoffs,” Jones said. “I am pretty sure Hobbs is going to be its usual pretty good team. So realistically, we are looking to get that second spot over Carlsbad.”

Despite their 2-11 record, the Lady Cats can make the playoffs if they finish second in their district. Clovis plays Carlsbad Tuesday at the Yucca Soccer Complex.

CHS boys fall — At Roswell, the Rockets avenged an earlier loss in Clovis by handing the Wildcats a 2-1 setback.

Clovis boys coach Shaun Gill said the Cats’ Sept. 17 overtime win gave Goddard motivation for the rematch.
“They wanted it,” Gill said. “You could tell it was in the back of their minds the whole time.”

The Rockets (7-6) went up 2-0 on second-half goals by Steven Storey and Tyler Ortega. With only four minutes left to play, Luis Miranda cut the lead in half with a goal for Clovis.

“Luis’ goal was the only earned goal in the game,” Gill said. “The other two were mental mistakes.

“We shouldn’t have lost, but we allowed ourselves to lose. We had more shots and better scoring opportunities, but we just made stupid mistakes.”

The Rockets’ first goal was scored the same way Clovis scored to win the overtime game — a penalty kick.

“I’m not arguing the call one bit,” Gill said. “But there should have been a foul on them before our foul, so the play should never have happened.”

The loss dropped Clovis’ record to 6-6.