By Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff Writer
The Ram and Lady Ram soccer squads both played the Clovis junior varsity Tuesday afternoon and managed just two goals between them.
The Portales boys led their Clovis counterparts 2-1 at the half, but the Wildcats outscored the Rams 2-0 in the second half to take a 3-2 win.
The Portales girls trailed just 1-0 at halftime, but the Lady Wildcats posted seven second-half goals to win 8-0.
Both Portales teams were without key contributors because of an out-of-town band competition.
Freshman Cody Small powered the Rams’ strong first half, scoring both Portales goals, one on a corner kick, and the other on a breakaway.
But everything changed in the second half.
“I think we weren’t ready to come out and play in the second half,” Ram assistant coach Scott Parker said. “After that, I mean we really outplayed them. Those five or six minutes, we really didn’t play well.”
Parker said the Rams outshot the Wildcats, but they couldn’t get the shots in the goal.
“We just couldn’t put them in. They hit the top of the goal about seven times,” Parker said. “At about five or six minutes (to go), we fell asleep.”
The Rams got forward Tyler Anderson back from injury, but many of the Rams were on the road with band.
While the Lady Rams played a competitive first half, the score quickly got out of hand after halftime.
“(Clovis) had quite a few players that weren’t there in the first half, that showed up in the second half,” Portales head coach Traci Sievers said.
The Lady Rams were also without some key contributors including Marrissa Best, Jaime Vargas (injuries), Kaysha Christensen and Lizzie Armstrong (band).
“The first half, we were just doing really good and we were pumped about it,” Portales sophomore defender Leandra Montoya said. “But then in the second half we got really tired because we didn’t have many subs.”
The Rams and Lady Rams host Hatch on the Portales soccer pitch Saturday afternoon.
“We got kind of discouraged and it kind of got to us,” Montoya said. “We’re a very upbeat team. We get over losses pretty fast. We’re very positive and we keep each other going.”