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Surge lifts Cavegirls past CHS

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Clovis High’s girls are still looking for that breakthrough district soccer win.

On Saturday, Carlsbad took control of the District 4-6A with three goals in a span of 10 minutes of the first half en route to a 4-1 victory.

Outside of that little burst, the Lady Cats (10-5-1, 0-3 district) kept the Cavegirls off the board except for a shot from about 35 yards by senior forward Amelia Bierle which slipped under the legs of senior goalkeeper Shelby Jones and into the net with about a half-minute left in the contest.

“It takes us a half to realize we can play with them,” Lady Cats coach Traci Sievers said. “We seemed to move the ball a lot better (in the second half) and we had some opportunities.”

The Cavegirls (13-5, 2-1) broke through with nearly 17 minutes gone when junior midfielder Jerika Parent found the back of the net from about 15 yards out. Then junior midfielder Reilly Sainess added a pair of goals in short order.

“I thought we played really well in the first half and put (the Lady Cats) under pressure,” Carlsbad coach Misty Long said. “In the second half, they definitely put more pressure on us and caused us some miscues.”

Clovis played more competitively after the break, but couldn’t get on the board until sophomore midfielder Dani Rodriguez took a free kick from about 35 yards out and managed to loft it over Cavegirls keeper Nyah Chacon near the middle of the second half. The Lady Cats had a couple of chances to get closer after that, but came up empty.

Much of the day was spent in Clovis’ end, with Carlsbad controlling play.

“We’re not as deep as we’ve been,” Sievers said, noting that senior defender Julie Maynard was away on a band activity. “I think we adjusted well, but I don’t think we’ll have her back the next couple of games.”

Both teams have three district matches remaining, including a return match at Carlsbad on Oct. 25.

The Cavegirls’ district loss came at home against Hobbs, a 1-0 decision.

“We get to start all over again,” Long said. “It’s been an interesting season so far. Every game in district, you have to be ready or you’re not going to be successful.”