By Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff Writer
Junior Derrek Robinson scored Portales’ first goal in a 5-1 loss to the Carlsbad junior varsity, the first game since the Rams restarted the program this season.
The Cavemen took 2-0 halftime lead at the Portales soccer complex, but Robinson’s goal pulled the Rams to within 2-1, before a hand ball was called in the Carlsbad penalty box. The Cavemen scored on the ensuing free kick to take a 3-1 lead, and cruised from there.
“I thought we did pretty good,” senior defender John Prewitt said. “We could have taken a little bit more shots and that would have helped us a little bit more.”
The Lady Rams had a much tougher time against their counterparts from Carlsbad, losing 8-0. The Portales girls fell behind 6-0 early in the first half and kept the Carlsbad girls to two goals the rest of the game.
Freshman defender Kiera Hudson says the girls have taken a big step since Saturday’s opening game.
“I think we improved a lot more than our last game — a lot more,” Hudson said. “We were in the right spots, we hustled a little better. Pretty much, we just worked as a team a lot better.”
“In the second half, we made some adjustments on defense and they played a lot better,” head coach Traci Sievers said. “We were passing better today, they were talking better. I think they’re starting to figure some things out.”
Sievers also set some realistic team goals before the game.
“We sat down today before the game and talked about some team goals and some things we can work on even if we don’t score — scoring is one of our goals to try to accomplish too.”
“I think we did OK, but I guess we didn’t take the ball away enough,” Hudson said. “We could have saved a couple of those goals, but we did our best.”
“Were just right on the verge,” Sievers said. “We got some shots that were pretty clear on goal today and they’re starting to see their defined roles.”
The Lady Rams travel to a tournament in Roswell this weekend, before the boys and the girls host Goddard Tuesday.