East Mountain notches district soccer sweep over PHS

CMI staff

SANDIA PARK — It was a rough weekend for the Portales High soccer teams.

After getting swept at District 2/1A-3A rival Santa Fe Prep on Friday, PHS dropped two more district outings on Saturday, with the girls losing 7-1 and the boys dropping a 4-2 decision to East Mountain.

East Mountain’s girls (8-3, 4-1 district) led 3-1 at halftime of the girls contest, with senior Jessica Leap finding the back of the net for the Lady Rams (3-8, 1-4) off a corner kick by teammate Kailee Ramirez.

Assistant coach Amber Thomas, taking over with coach Sara Vasquez prepares to have a baby, said the quick turnaround from Friday’s 2-1 loss at Santa Fe Prep was difficult.

“I know the girls were tired,” she said. “We’ve had girls playing in different positions, so that makes it tough also.”

Junior Emily Baldoni posted a hat trick for the Timberwolves, and also had an assist. Junior Shelly Lambert and sophomore Yvette Vallejos added two goals apiece.

In the boys matchup, Timberwolves senior Eric Robbins scored four first-half goals and the Rams (4-6, 2-4) came up short on a second-half comeback.

Portales had a 13-10 advantage over East Mountain (3-11,1-6) in shots on goal, but Timberwolves sophomore Noah Rose collected 11 saves.

The PHS boys travel to Roswell on Tuesday to take on the Goddard Rockets in a 4 p.m. start. Meantime, the next outing for the Lady Rams is at home against Clovis on Thursday, starting with a junior varsity match at 3 p.m.

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