Lady Cats look to end postseason soccer drought

By Dave Wagner
Sports writer
dwagner@cnjonline.com
Clovis High girls soccer team has posted winning records each of the last two seasons, but failed to notch a District 4-5A win in that time.

Staff photo: Tony Bullocks Clovis High senior Serena Garcia tries to control the ball during a drill at Lady Wildcats soccer practice on Thursday at Leon Williams Stadium. The Lady Cats open their season on Tuesday at Lovington.

Staff photo: Tony Bullocks
Clovis High senior Serena Garcia tries to control the ball during a drill at Lady Wildcats soccer practice on Thursday at Leon Williams Stadium. The Lady Cats open their season on Tuesday at Lovington.

Fourth-year coach Traci Sievers is optimistic the Lady Wildcats, who haven’t been to the postseason since they were a Class 4A program in 1998, can change that now in the new District 4-6A.

“We had a lot of girls where last year was their first year on varsity,” Sievers said. “We have nine seniors out, and I think that’s a big deal. We have a lot of good senior leadership returning.”

Both CHS soccer teams are scheduled to play alumni games on Saturday at the Yucca Complex, starting with a junior varsity boys matchup at 3 p.m. and followed by varsity girls and varsity boys, respectively. Clovis squads open the season on Tuesday at Lovington.

“I feel like we’ll be pretty strong this year,” said senior defender Ashleigh Gallagher, a fifth-year varsity member. “If we work together as a team, I think we’ll be ‘golden.’”

The district has grown by one team this year with the addition of Alamogordo, although the Tigers and Lady Tigers are familiar opponents to both Clovis squads.

Gallagher said she thinks the Lady Cats can break through in the district.

“It’ll be tough, but I think we have a pretty good chance of doing well,” she said. “I’m excited. It’s my senior year, and I’m ready to go.”

Sievers said she thinks most of the 35 players out should have a chance to see a lot of action.

“Between varsity and (junior varsity), I think everybody who’s out should get a fair amount of playing time,” she said.