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Late goal lifts Lady Cats to second district win

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Clovis junior forward Samantha Meza, right ,slips what turned out to be the winning goal past Alamogordo senior goalkeeper Kayla Ross with 15 seconds left in Saturday’s 1-0 District 6-4A girls win at Leon Williams Stadium.

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Now that they’ve broken through their district drought, Clovis High’s soccer girls have started a little winning streak.

And the Lady Wildcats did it in dramatic fashion on Saturday, edging Alamogordo 1-0 on junior forward Samantha Meza’s tally with 15 seconds left.

CHS (12-5-1, 2-3-0 District 4-6A) ended a dry spell in district play going back at least 10 years with a 2-0 upset of Hobbs earlier in the week.

That one didn’t have the drama of Saturday’s win, though.

Clovis fought off a couple of second-half scoring pushes by the Lady Tigers (7-10-1, 1-4-0), and the teams appeared headed into overtime when senior defender Sarena Garcia won a scramble for the ball and flicked it toward the Alamo end.

Meza, coming from the left side near midfield, ran the ball down, worked around an Alamo defender and slipped a shot past Lady Tigers keeper Kayla Ross into the left corner of the net.

Garcia said there wasn’t any strategy to the play.

“I honestly was just praying the whole time,” she said. “I saw that (Alamo) girl when she had the ball and I just said ‘slide tackle,’ and I just kicked it as hard as I could.”

Lady Cats coach Traci Sievers said the win over Hobbs removed pressure the team was feeling.

“It was a battle when we played at their place,” Sievers said, referring to a 3-1 loss on Oct. 4 at Alamo. “We were ready to play. It helped our confidence, being able to beat Hobbs.”

Garcia agreed the win over Hobbs provided a major boost.

“It feels great,” she said of the district mini-streak. “I feel like all our confidence went up (after the Hobbs win). That’s where it all kicked in.”

Clovis outshot the Lady Tigers on goal 9-3, and also had a 9-3 edge in corner kicks, including eight in the second half.

The Lady Cats finish district and regular-season play next Saturday at Carlsbad.