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Lady Cats lose on PKs after scoreless tie

Staff report

TAOS — Clovis High’s girls blasted Silver 9-0 before playing to a scoreless tie with Farmington and losing on penalty kicks on Friday in Pool B of an eight-team tournament hosted by Taos.

Penalty kicks no longer decide high school matches in New Mexico, but are used in tournament play to determine advancement, CHS coach Traci Sievers said. The Lady Scorpions outshot Clovis (2-0-1) on PKs 4-3, with Ashley Gallagher, Samantha Meza and Maria Chavez converting for the Lady Cats.

“We had chances (in regulation),” Sievers said. “It was a pretty even match.

“Our defense played really well. It was a good game for us to see where we’re at. Farmington is a pretty strong program.”

Senior Shelby Jones made four saves in goal for Clovis.

The Lady Cats dominated Silver (3-3) in their opening match behind five goals and an assist from Gallagher, two goals and an assist from sophomore Samantha Meza, and three assists from freshman Jada Gooden.

Gallegher scored in the first minute of the match, and by halftime Clovis was rolling with a 7-0 lead.

“They had played quite a few games going in,” Sievers said of the Lady Colts. “The score was a surprise, but I’m not going to complain.”

Clovis outshot Silver 20-0 on goal for the match and had nine corner kicks to one for the Lady Colts.

CHS boys split — Clovis High’s boys suffered their first loss of the season, a 3-0 decision to Farmington in the quarterfinals of a tournament at Los Alamos, before rallying to rout Piedra Vista 6-1 in the consolation semifinals.

The Wildcats (4-1-1) will meet Santa Fe Prep for fifth place in the meet at 2 p.m. today.

Farmington (1-1) scored in the final minute of the half to break the ice, then added two more down the stretch. The Scorpions outshot Clovis 11-10.

Clovis coach Greg Trujillo said the Cats had a potential tying goal early in the second half nullified by what he thought was a questionable offsides penalty, adding that senior forward Kousei Richeson nearly had another goal that was deflected at the last second by a Scorps defender.

The Cats came back to pound the winless Panthers (0-5) as Richeson scored two goals, senior forward Juan Ramos had two goals and an assist and sophomore forward-midfielder Alejandro Medina added a goal and three assists.

Medina broke the scoring ice with tallies about a minute apart early in the first half. Sophomore goalkeeper Orion Garcia made three saves in goal for the Cats.

“Possession-wise, it was kind of what we saw against Portales (in a scoreless tie earlier this week at Leon Williams Stadium), except this time we were able to get behind them and get some shots on goal,” Trujillo said.

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