By Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff Writer
The New Mexico Military Institute Colts jumped out to a fast lead and kept the pressure on, in a 5-0 win against Portales Thursday afternoon at the Portales High School soccer pitch.
NMMI’s Doria Griegos single-handedly gave the Colts a fast 2-0 lead in the first half, scoring in the 25th minute and following that up with a goal less than three minutes later.
The Rams squandered a scoring opportunity late in the first half as Jonathan Prewitt’s penalty kick hit the top bar and bounced over the goal.
Carlos Aguirre added to the Colts lead with a goal late in the first half to give the visitors a 3-0 halftime lead.
The Rams held NMMI scoreless for nearly the entire second half, before Pablo Vallez beat the Ram keeper to run the score to 4-0, and Griegos scored his third goal of the game to finish off the Rams 5-0.
“(The) second half was better,” Portales head soccer coach Traci Sievers said. “(In) the first half we were a step off and we needed to get things going. Offensively we had more shots in the second half which was better.”
“My guys were ready to play,” Ram volunteer coach Grant Shanahan said. “It’s just the simple things that are killing us right now — the passing, clearing the ball once it’s already in our 18-yard box, we’re having a hard time controlling those things.”
Clearing the ball on the defensive side of the field is a big concern for the volunteer coach.
“If we don’t do it good, they score goals,” Shanahan said.
Shanahan was ejected midway through the second half, for comments he made to the referee.