RUIDOSO — It took the Portales Lady Rams a while to get going Saturday. Once they did, though, the roof fell in on the Ruidoso Lady Warriors.
Leading just 2-1, the Lady Rams erupted for six goals in the final 18 minutes en route to an 8-1 romp.
The PHS boys weren’t as fortunate, losing to Ruidoso 4-0.
Senior Damari Jimenez scored four of the Lady Rams’ goals, two of assists from Hannah Evans, while sophomore Jessica Leap added two tallies, one assisted by Alejandra Gonzalez.
“They only had a couple of substitutes,” PHS coach Sara Vasquez said of Ruidoso. “The more we passed the ball, the more tied they got.
We put it together in the second half. Our defense really changed the game.”
Jimenez scored in the seventh minute and that goal held up until halftime. Freshman Chelsea Lopez scored on a free kick from just outside the box about nine minutes into the second half before the Lady Warriors (1-2) got on the board on a goal by Esperanza Robles, their only shot on goal of the match.
Jimenez scored about 10 minutes later to start the final barrage. Sophomore Gracie Vega accounted for Portales’ final goal on a breakaway with less than two minutes left.
“It’s good momentum for our next game,” Vasquez said, referring to a 5 p.m. home tilt on Tuesday against Roswell Goddard.
In the boys matchup, the Warriors jumped on PHS (2-1) for two goals in the first 12 minutes and maintained control of the contest.
“They jumped on us early,” Rams coach Nathan Dodge said. “We’re just young; we’re playing some freshmen and they have a lot of seniors who’ve played for four years.
“They’re a physical team. They’re going to have a good season.”
Senior midfielder Carlos Ortega got to a loose ball just ahead of Rams goalkeeper Lane Nichols and pushed it in for the game’s first tally, then junior forward Luis Leyva added a pair of goals for a 3-0 lead at halftime.
Junior midfielder Edwin Hernandez added the final goal late in the second half for the Warriors (2-1).
“The kids played hard,” Dodge said. “They always leave everything on the field.”
The Lady Rams return to action on Tuesday against Roswell Goddard at home, while the boys travel to Clovis on Thursday in their next outing. Both matches are scheduled to start at 5 p.m.