ROSWELL — New Mexico Military had the statistical edge — except in the category that counted.
Junior forward Jose Barron took a through ball from sophomore midfielder Christian Martinez, then knocked his his own rebound off goalkeeper Juan Tafich in the 65th minute on Saturday as Portales edged the Colts 1-0 in the boys soccer opener for both teams.
NMMI outshot the Rams 9-3 on goal and had a 10-2 margin in corner kicks, but the Colts were unable to break through. Junior goalkeeper Lane Nichols collected nine saves as the PHS defense held firm.
“The defense played great,” first-year Rams coach Nathan Dodge said. “They really got the win for us.”
Lady Rams finish seventh — After getting shut out in the first two games of Roswell’s Alien tournament, the PHS girls bounced back to salvage seventh place on Saturday afternoon with a 3-1 win over Chapparal.
Portales, which dropped 3-0 decisions to Roswell Goddard on Friday night and to Santa Teresa on Saturday morning, erased a 1-0 deficit against Chaparral (0-3) with goals from Gracie Vega, Chelsea Lopez and Leeza Rencena in the final 20 minutes.
The Lady Rams dominated the match, outshooting the Lady Lobos 28-7 and posting a whopping 15-1 edge in corner kicks. Goalkeeper Jasmin Vega gave up a goal to Chaparral’s Hannah Vasquez 10 minutes into the second half, but finished with six saves for the day.
In the earlier match, Paola Guzman broke a scoreless tie for Santa Teresa (1-2) in the 32nd minute and the Desert Warriors added a pair of goals in the second half.
The Rams return to action on Tuesday with a 5:30 p.m. home match against the Clovis junior varsity. Both PHS squads then travel to Ruidoso on Saturday.