The Portales Lady Rams and Roswell Goddard are getting pretty familiar with each other.
The teams were matched up in Pool A of the 16-team Zia Classic in Roswell over the weekend, co-hosted by Goddard and Roswell High, and they met Saturday evening in the fifth-place match with the Lady Rockets pulling out a 24-26, 25-12, 25-20, 22-25, 15-13 victory.
They turn around and play again tonight in a non-district match at PHS, scheduled to start around 7 p.m.
A freshman match is scheduled for 4 p.m., with a junior varsity match at 5:30 p.m.
With its 1-2 record in bracket play, Portales now stands 3-5 for the season. But coach Ruth Chavez said she was encouraged, noting the Lady Rams won their four-team pool with a 5-1 record in games.
“It was a good tournament,” Chavez said. “Of course, you always like to win it, but we saw a big improvement.”
Portales lost in four games to Ruidoso in the championship bracket quarterfinals, but came back with a 25-18, 25-11, 26-24 victory over Belen in its next match.
Ruidoso went on to the finals where it faced Lubbock Christian.
ENMU soccer teams fall — Playing their sixth consecutive doubleheader to open the season, Eastern New Mexico’s soccer teams absorbed 4-0 losses on Sunday at Incarnate Word in San Antonio.
The loss for the men, coming in their second Southwest Soccer Conference match, was their third in a row. It came against the unbeaten Cardinals (5-0-0, 4-0-0 SSC), ranked fourth in NCAA Division II.
The Greyhounds play at home for the first time this weekend with SSC contests against St. Edward’s at 4 p.m. on Friday and against Midwestern State at 1 p.m. on Sunday at the ENMU soccer field.
Lubomir Bogdanov scored three goals and assisted on the other on for UIW. He scored off an assist from Nick Pertuit with 24:22 gone, then added his second goal 59 seconds later on a penalty kick.
The score stayed that way until the 69th minute, when Bogdanov converted another penalty kick. Ohad Ron got the Cardinals’ final goal on an assist from Bogdanov with just over four minutes left.
Bogdanov also had three goals and an assist on Friday in UIW’s 6-2 victory over Texas A&M-Commerce.
ENMU’s women (2-4-0) also lost their third in a row in a non-conference match against the Cardinals. UIW (2-3-0) led 2-0 at the half as it got goals from four players.
The Zias have another weekend on the road, playing at College of the Southwest in Hobbs at 1 p.m. on Friday and at UT-Permian Basin in Odessa at noon (MDT) on matches.
Floyd romps — At Magdalena, the Floyd Broncos improved to 3-0 on Saturday with a 57-12 rout of the Magdalena Steers.
Jerrod Long rushed for 284 yards and two touchdowns on 22 carries, and completed 5-of-8 passes for 124 yards and three scores. Jason Martinez caught two passes, both for scores, covering 18 and 49 yards.
Magdalena (1-2) stayed close for most of a half, but Long ran for touchdowns of 25 and 15 yards and threw his second scoring pass to Martinez as the Broncos opened a 30-point margin.
Long’s 60-yard punt return for a touchdown and his single-point conversion pass to Brad Lee ended the game with about four minutes left on the 45-point lead run used after half-time in six-man play.
Floyd, which travels to Hondo for its next game on Friday, compiled 320 yards rushing and 212 passing against the Steers.