Girls soccer pulls Saturday split in Roswell

Staff report
ROSWELL — So far in three matches for the Portales Lady Rams soccer team, it’s been a matter of the first team to score wins.

All three outings were shutouts in an eight-team weekend tournament hosted by Roswell Goddard. After losing to Roswell High 5-0 on Friday, the Lady Rams blanked Lovington 4-0 in Saturday’s consolation semifinals before losing to Silver 3-0 in the fifth-place match.

Sophomore Azsjuh Howell had to make just two saves to record her first career shutout in goal for the Lady Rams against traditional rival Lovington, which is fielding a team for the first time this season. Meantime, sophomore Hunter Royston put in a pair of goals, one in each half.

Portales dominated the Lady Wildcats (0-3), outshooting them on goal 9-2 and recording five corner kicks to none.

“Today we came out hard and got our first win,” PHS coach Sara Vasquez said. “Our last game, we were gassed, but that’s what we were after — we faced good competition which allowed us to see what we need to work on.”

A goal midway through the first half by Silver junior Grace Koury held up as the lone tally for 50 minutes, but the Lady Colts (2-1) scored twice in a span of five minutes to put the contest away.
Howell had eight saves in that match.

“We had some of our younger players get some playing time (in that match), and they played well,” Vasquez said. “It was wonderful to see the future of our program.”

The Lady Rams return to action on Friday with their home opener against Roswell High. The varsity match is scheduled to start at 5 p.m.