Westerners put an end to NMMI’s postseason hopes with 75-65 victory in play-in game
NMMI Sports Press
The New Mexico Military Institute Colt soccer team won their first game against Portales 3-1 and then fell to Lovington 5-3 in the second match of the day.
In the first match Portales took a 1-0 lead, but Luis Tzintzun tied up the match before the half to give the Colts momentum heading into the half.
The Colts would use that momentum to score two more goals one by Jordanyol Bayonne-Kenol and the other off the boot of Daniel Person to give the Colts the 3-1 victory.
Head Colt Soccer Coach John Barbour like the way his team came out to play.
“We had a strong start this morning. We started out the game a little slow, but we picked up the pace and had an overall strong match by scoring three goals. We have not been scoring as of late, so it was good to see some shots go in the back of the net.”
The win gave the Colts a match-up with the Lovington Wildcats in the second game of the day. The Wildcats scored twice on the Colts before NMMI answered with a goal from Luis Tzintzun to make the score 2-1 in favor of the Wildcats. The Wildcats would score one more before half for them to go up 3-1.
After the halftime break NMMI scored two quick goals the first from Jordanyol Bayonne-Kenol and the second one from Andres Bleizeffer to tie the game 3-3. The Wildcats would score two goals throughout the half to take the victory 5-3.
Coach Barbour liked the effort his guys showed on the pitch during the tournament.
“I think they ran out of energy in the second half. We have played four matches in three days, but one thing I will give these guys is they will play to the final whistle. They do not quit.”
The next match for the Colts will be in Artesia on Tuesday, Sep. 11th at 6:00 PM.