Cats, Lady Cats fall to tourney hosts

CMI staff

ALBUQUERQUE — It was a rough day for Clovis High’s soccer teams against the host school in the Sandia Prep tournament.

The girls dropped a 4-0 decision to the Sundevils, then the boys were handed an 8-1 shellacking.

Both Clovis teams play for third place today. The Lady Wildcats (7-4) take on Moriarty at 8:30 p.m. while the Wildcats were to face the late Friday loser between St. Michael’s and Piedra Vista.

Junior forward Kenzie Blackburn scored twice for Sandia Prep’s girls (5-3), the first coming in the fourth minute. Audrey Allen and Tatum Bernardori added second-half tallies.

“They chipped the ball behind our defense,” Lady Cats coach Traci Sievers said. “That forward (Blackburn) was really quick, and we didn’t pass the ball very well in midfield.”

In the boys matchup, the Sundevils (7-3) got two goals each from Alec Lamberty, Santiago Torres and Zach Tenorio. Sandia Prep led 3-0 at halftime and outshot the Cats (3-9) on goal 14-5.

CHS coach Gabe Trujillo said the Cats are missing senior goalkeeper James Smart, who is missing his second and third matches this weekend after sustaining a cut hand.

Clovis scored with about 10 minutes left, the goal coming from sophomore midfielder Luis Bustamonte.

“It was a defensive collapse,” CHS coach Gabe Trujillo s aid. “We just got putout of position so many times. We had three ‘own’ goals and gave up (another) on a penalty kick.”

The Cats, who have lost seven matches by one goal, hadn’t been beaten by more than one since a season-opening 4-2 loss to Roswell High in which they led the Coyotes early 2-0.