Even a couple of “own goals” couldn’t keep the Portales boys soccer team from cruising in Saturday’s District 2/1A-3A opener at the PHS soccer field.
Senior Brandon Gomez, seeing his first action of the season, scored a pair of goals and the Rams cruised to a 5-2 victory over East Mountain. The PHS girls also won 3-2.
Gomez sat out the team’s first four matches due to a school suspension, but he immediately made his presence felt.
“We were a little up-and-down, but overall we played well,” first-year Rams coach Nathan Dodge said. “It helps having Brandon Gomez, but our freshman are really buying into the system and it makes a difference.”
Portales scored twice in the opening eight minutes and never looked back, despite the defensive lapses.
Gomez got his first goal in the third minute and junior Alejandro Munoz followed suit shortly thereafter, converting a penalty kick for a foul on the East Mountain goalkeeper in the 18-yard box.
After the first own goal, the Rams quickly got it back on a goal by freshman Jose Solomon, and Gomez tacked on his second with about 11 minutes left from about 10 yards out to make it 4-1 at halftime.
Junior Jose Barron scored in the 67th minute before the Timberwolves got another own goal late in the contest.
Portales 3, East Mountain 2 — Sophomore forward Gracie Vega scored twice in the first five minutes of the second half as the Lady Rams rallied for the win in their district opener.
“We came out in the second half with a lot of life,” Portales coach Sara Vasquez said. “We starting connecting passes and did a better job of finishing. We had a lot of chances in the first half.”
Senior Damari Jimenez added a breakaway goal midway through the second half as Portales (3-3) erased a 1-0 halftime deficit.
Jasmin Vega made seven saves in goal for PHS.