Portales teams split district pair

CMI staff

The Portales High girls soccer team wasted little time taking control of Saturday’s District 2/1A-3A soccer matchup against Desert Academy at PHS.

Meantime, the boys continued their recent run of tough luck, dropping a 2-1 decision to the Wildcats despite outshooting them 11-4 on goal.

Eric Norwood Jr.: Portales News-Tribune Portales High School Lady Ram assistant soccer coach Amber Tomas, right, addresses the team at half-time in their game versus Desert Academy on Saturday. The Lady Rams played in The Pink Game in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Head coach Sara Vasquez was absent from the game after giving birth Tuesday.

Eric Norwood Jr.: Portales News-Tribune
Portales High School Lady Ram assistant soccer coach Amber Tomas, right, addresses the team at half-time in their game versus Desert Academy on Saturday. The Lady Rams played in The Pink Game in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Head coach Sara Vasquez was absent from the game after giving birth Tuesday.

Senior Damari Jimenez scored two goals, including one less than five minutes in, and the Lady Rams cruised to a 5-0 win over the Lady Warriors.

Portales (5-10, 3-6 district) built a 3-0 lead in the first 10 minutes and was never threatened.

“We put some stuff together,” said PHS assistant coach Amber Thomas, filling in after head coach Sara Vasquez delivered her first child, a boy, on Tuesday. “We focused on our passing this week and we were able to attack the goal.”

Sophomore Hannah Evans and freshman Chelsea Lopez added early goals for the Lady Rams, while senior Jessica Leap and Jimenez added goals in the final 20 minutes. Senior Jasmin Vega earned the shutout in goal, stopping two shots from the Lady Wildcats (8-8, 1-5).

In the boys matchup, senior midfielders Sam Goodwin and Sudi Torres gave Desert a two-goal lead early in the second half, and the Wildcats (6-9, 1-6) held on late.

Senior Brandon Gomez got the Rams (5-8, 2-5) on the board in the 57th minute.

Rams coach Nathan Dodge couldn’t find fault with his team’s effort. It was the team’s third one-goal loss in the last four outings.

“We ‘re playing really well,” Dodge said. “It was crazy; the ball just didn’t go in.

Kevin Wilson: CMI photo Portales freshman Wilfredo Exiga fires a long shot in the second half as Desert Academy junior Noah Gibson defends on the play. The Wildcats outlasted Portales for a 2-1 victory in the District 2/1A-3A game Saturday afternoon.

Kevin Wilson: CMI photo
Portales freshman Wilfredo Exiga fires a long shot in the second half as Desert Academy junior Noah Gibson defends on the play. The Wildcats outlasted Portales for a 2-1 victory in the District 2/1A-3A game Saturday afternoon.

“There were three times I can think of where we had open shots, but we just shot it right to the keeper.”

The PHS girls return to action at home on Tuesday against Artesia, while the boys will host New Mexico Military on Thursday.

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