ROSWELL — The Clovis High girls soccer team scored three times in a span of about four minutes in the second half on Thursday night and went on to post a 4-2 victory over Roswell High.
Sophomore midfielder Jaci Sievers gave the Lady Wildcats (8-2-1) a 2-1 lead about four minutes into the second half with a goal before junior forward Samantha Meza scored twice in about a minute’s time to put the contest out of reach.
“It was pretty close until then,” CHS coach Traci Sievers said. “That gave us some breathing room, and we were able to play some possession after that.”
Roswell High (3-7) scored early, but sophomore midfielder Dani Rodriguez quickly countered that and the teams went into the half tied 1-1.
“We were a little concerned about the weather, but it really wasn’t an issue,” coach Sievers said. “The field was muddy and slushy in places, but it was just a light rain for the most part.”
Clovis scored on all but one of its shots on goal. Meantime, sophomore Hailey Brady made four saves in goal for the Lady Cats.
CHS returns to action on Saturday with a 4 p.m. matchup against Lovington at Leon Williams Stadium. Boys teams are scheduled to meet in the second half of the twin bill at 6 p.m.
New Mexico Military 4, Clovis 3 (boys) — Also at Roswell, the Colts erased a two-goal deficit with four goals in a span of about 15 minutes of the second half to avenge an earlier loss at Leon Williams Stadium.
Junior Everardo Ahumada had three of them, scoring on a penalty kick when the Wildcats (7-5-1) were called for a handball in the box in the 54th minute and tying it several minutes later when he scored off a NMMI corner kick.
Goals by German Corral Cubillas and Ahumada gave NMMI (6-3) a 4-2 lead with about 12 minutes left. Junior Luke Bussen’s goal two minutes later cut it to 4-3, but NMMI keeper Miguel Gutierrez stopped a penalty kick by CHS senior Juan Ramos in the final 30 seconds to preserve the win.
“When you’re up 2-0 and you can’t close games out, something’s wrong defensively,” CHS coach Greg Trujillo said. “As the game got deeper, we just lost our composure on defense.”
Ramos assisted on a goal by junior Albert Nava in the second minute, and that held up until Ramos scored for the Cats about eight minutes into the second half.
“We had about five 1-on-1 opportunities (against Gutierrez where we could probably have put the game out of reach,” Trujillo said. “We just didn’t finish.”