Lady Rams erupt in second half for 5-0 win

The Portales Lady Rams kept firing in the first half on Saturday, with no luck.

CMI correspondent: Joshua LuceroPortales forward Damari Jimenez passes to a teammate deep in Monte Del Sol territory during Saturday's District 2/1A-3A girls soccer match at PHS. The Lady Rams did all their scoring in the second half en route to a 5-0 victory.

"We kept shooting and shooting," PHS coach Megan Wilson said. "We just couldn't get one in."

That changed when play resumed, and once they found the net the floodgates opened.

CMI correspondent: Joshua LuceroLady Rams midfielder Chelsea Lopez moves the ball forward and out of Portalers territory during Saturday's District 2/1A-3A girls soccer match at PHS.

Senior midfielders Shaylyn Bond and Kaitlin Garrett each scored a pair of goals and the Lady Rams eventually thumped Monte del Sol 5-0 in the District 2/1A-3A and regular-season finale for both teams at PHS.

In the boys matchup, the Dragons got a pair of second-halfgoals from sophomore Skye Dascher to rally past the Rams 2-1.

CMI correspondent: Joshua LuceroPortales freshman Adrian Walker battles Monte Del Sol's Skye Dascher for possession during Saturday's District 2/1A-3A boys soccer match at PHS. Dascher scored twice as the Dragons posted a 2-1 win over the Rams.

Both PHS squads finished third out of six teams in district play — the defending Class 1A-3A runnerup boys actually shared third with Santa Fe Prep, but beat the Griffins twice. They'll await likely selections to the 12-team Class 1A/3A state tournament later today.

Junior forward miefielder Damari Jimenez added the other goal for the Lady Rams (6-12-1, 5-4-1 district), and also had an assist. Meantime Bond scored Portales' first two goals, then assisted on Garrett's first for a 3-0 lead midway through the second half.

CMI correspondent: Joshua LuceroPortales senior Daniel Zapata maneuvers the ball past Monte Del Sol's Silowen Zeir during Saturday's District 2/1A-3A boys soccer match at PHS.

"I told them at halftime, 'If you get that firt goal in, they'll start coming,'" Wilson said. "It was a frustrating first half to have so many shots and not score."

The Lady Rams posted a 14-1 advantage in shots on goal over Monte del Sol (4-12, 1-9). Soplomore Jasmin Vega picked up the shutout in goal for Portales.

Senior Tyler Kangas gave the PHS boys a 1-0 halftimie lead with a goal, but Dascher scored twice in the first 10 minutes of the second half for the Dragons (15-5, 7-3), who claimed second in the district behind St. Michael's.

"We played OK," Rams coach Brian Kirchner said. "It was kind of back-and-forth. Once they scored two goals, we played with a lot of urgency, but I was trying to get them to play that way the whole game."

Kirchner thought the Rams (10-8, 6-4) had another goal in the first half — and a 2-0 lead — but a shot which hit the crossbar was ruled to have not reached the net.

Both PHS coaches think their teams will probably have to travel in next weekend's first round, matching the 5-12 seeds, although Kirchner thinks his squad may sneak a top-eight seed and a home match.. The top four in each bracket get a bye.

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