NMMI Sports Press
The Colt soccer team had its second chance against No. 2-ranked 5A Roswell Tuesday, and while they lost again, they allowed half as many goals as the last time, falling 4-0.
They failed to score against the 5A Coyotes this match, with a tough first half contributing to most of the Roswell goals.
“We weren’t really winning any of the 50-50 balls and we were getting beat off the ball, so we talked about that at the half,” said coach John Barbour. “Also, with our shape and some of the marking schemes we wanted, we kind of had to work on that too in the half. It came out better, but it wasn’t the result we wanted.”
Most of the offense in the first half belonged to the Coyotes, with their first shot coming just 1:20 into the match and the third goal — a penalty kick by Chris Mesquita — scoring with just seconds left in the half.
Mesquita got the game’s first goal about six minutes in, then Luis Dominguez put a shot into a wide-open goal about 12:30.
That made it 3-0 Roswell at the half, and with the NMMI defense picking up, the second half definitely looked better for the Colts.
“We’ll take this and I think we did improve in the second half,” Barbour said. “We had some shots and we kind of got the ball down there. It was a good game. It’s always good when you’re facing tough competition and it’s going to make you work harder.”
The Colts got most of their shots in the second stanza, appearing to have been robbed about nine minutes in when Ignacio Ongay was moving to the goal, one-on-one with a lone Coyote, when a whistle blew for offsides.
Barbour was not happy with the call, but it stood.
Kamil Alaoui and Hector Reyna Jimenez also had good shots, but the final goal of the game came from Roswell with just a minute remaining when Mesquite completed the hat trick on a free kick.
Whether the Coyotes were struggling on offense — as Coyote coach James Vernon said before the game — or NMMI was playing better can be debated. But Barbour hoped it’s the latter.
“We’d like to think that we’ve improved, but at the same time you just never know,” the coach said. “Every night is different, and teams are going to play differently on any given night. They played well and we tried to stay with them but just fell short a little bit.”
Keeper Devon Fulton had his hands full, saving 10 Coyotes shots, and it won’t get any easier for him Saturday.
NMMI gets back into district action vs. 10-0-1 Portales, a team that’s averaging 5.2 goals per match. The Rams’ tie was vs. district foe Hope Christian, and they topped the other new district member, Moriarty, 6-1 Tuesday. Still, Barbour is thinking positive.
“It’s going to be an interesting match,” he said. “I’m hoping we can come out of there on top, but you never know. They’ve obviously gone undefeated for a reason, and so if we don’t do our job then we’re going to be in trouble. But if we play well I think we can do well against them.”
The Colt junior varsity got a big win over the Clovis Christian varsity in the afternoon match, topping the Eagles 8-1.
NMMI led 3-1 after one then added five more goals in the second half.
Oswaldo Romero, Tai In Kang and Sebastian Uribe put the ball in the net in the first half, with Kang getting two more in the second along with scoring by Marc Pralat, Luis Rios and Alejandro Colio.