By Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff Writer
After a month of playing junior varsity teams from around the state, the Ram and Lady Ram soccer teams had their first taste of New Mexico Class 3A varsity soccer Saturday afternoon at Hatch, and although they lost, they discovered that they can compete.
The girls lost 1-0 and the boys fell 4-1.
“The (girls) really played pretty well overall,” Portales head soccer coach Traci Sievers said. “We got lots of shots on goal, we just didn’t get any to go in.”
The Lady Rams actually put more shots on goal than the Lady Bears, 15-7. Hatch’s lone goal came on a corner kick midway through the second half.
“We were kind of slow getting set up and they were able to poke one in,” Sievers said.
“We played them pretty well,” freshman Capri Adams said. “I was kind of mad because we could have beat them.”
The Rams faced off against a strong Hatch team, and the Bears took a 3-1 lead into halftime.
But the Portales defense stiffened up in the second half and allowed just one goal, while forward Martin Santebanez scored the Rams only goal assisted by Sean Kuhns and Hatch won 4-1.
“They’re probably the best team we’ve seen, as far as ball control,” Sievers said. “They were just outstanding with their ball control.”
The Rams host NMMI Thursday at 4 p.m. at the Portales soccer pitch.