Clovis High’s Calie Rush, left, tries to work the ball past Carlsbad’s Danni McMahan during Saturday’s District 4-5A girls soccer clash at Yucca Complex. (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle)
By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer
For a team with little going on offensively, the Clovis High girls certainly pushed Carlsbad in Saturday’s District 4-5A soccer match at Yucca Complex.
In the end, though, Cavegirls freshmen found the net twice early in the second 10-minute overtime session and finished off a 2-0 victory over the Lady Wildcats.
Forward Melissa Marshall finally broke the scoreless tie when she had a one-on-one against CHS goalkeeper Britni Jiminez and poked the ball past her when she came out to challenge the shot with 8:27 left in the second overtime. Then, less than 1 1/2 minutes later, midfielder Randi Young shot a ball in from about 20 yards on the right, beating Jiminez to the left corner of the net.
Clovis (4-10-2, 0-3 district) went the entire match without a shot on goal or a corner kick, but hung in by turning away several scoring bids from district-leading Carlsbad (17-3, 3-0).
CHS girls coach Shane Leatherwood said it’s a matter of inconsistency on offense.
“When you can’t put more than three passes together, you’re not going to get many (scoring) opportunities,” Leatherwood said. “We were never able to get that third or fourth pass.”
Carlsbad, meantime, had 11 shots on goal — several on which Jiminez was seriously tested.
“Britni played really well,” Leatherwood said. “She made one of the best saves I’ve ever seen in the second half (on a shot by Carlsbad’s Sarah McCrory with about 11 minutes left.”
Much of the match was played in a light rain, which impacted both teams. Carlsbad had a tough time finishing, in part because of that.
“Defensively, we played a good game today,” Carlsbad coach Gabe Lopez said. “We just didn’t finish (scoring opportunities) in front of the box, and that’s normally one of our strengths.”
Lopez said he thought the Cavegirls adjusted to the conditions after halftime.
“I think it took both teams out of it in the first half,” he said. “In the second half we found our groove, finally.”
The Lady Cats play their final district game at home against Hobbs on Oct. 24, needing a win over the Lady Eagles to have a chance at an automatic postseason bid. Carlsbad visits Hobbs in its district finale next Tuesday.
In the junior varsity preliminary, Carlsbad handed the Lady Cats a 4-1 setback. Macy Molina scored the lone goal in the contest for Clovis.