Cats play Eldorado tough in loss
Eldorado's Matthew Witkowski jumps between Clovis defenders Chris Janousek (left) and Kiko Valez. Photo by Rick White.
The Clovis boys soccer team did something no other team has been able to do this season — score against Eldorado in district play.
It wasn’t nearly enough though, as the third-ranked Eagles broke the game open in the final 20 minutes en route to a 7-1 win Saturday in a District 4-5A match Saturday at the Yucca Soccer Complex.
Matt Witkowski scored a hat trick for the Eagles (13-0, 5-0 in district), who outshot Clovis 31-6.
Clovis (2-14, 0-5) cut Eldorado’s lead to 3-1 in the 60th minute when a hustling Adam Elliott kept alive a ball in the air and James Gant one-timed the bouncing ball into the right corner of the goal set up.
But the Joshua Jeppson scored on a breakaway less than two minutes later to restore order against a fatigued Clovis defense.
Clovis senior Dwayne Roberts was spectacular in goal until the final two minutes and finished with 26 saves.
Cat harriers win third
ROSWELL — The Clovis boys cross country team won its third meet of the season while senior Brian Romero won his first varsity individual title on Saturday at the 5-kilometer New Mexico Military Invitational at Roswell’s old airport.
The Clovis boys placed five runners in the top 10 to snag the team title. Romero won the race — three times around on a flat course that includes about 100 yards of airport runway — in 16:21.
The Clovis varsity girls finished second to Artesia.