The Portales Lady Rams got all the offense they needed in a span of less than three minutes in the second half on Saturday.
Trailing 1-0, senior Damari Jimenez, and Gracie Vega and junior Hannah Evans found the back of the net early in the second half, and Portales went on to a 4-1 District 2/1A-3A girls soccer win over Monte del Sol at the PHS soccer field.
The PHS boys, meantime, dropped a 3-2 decision to Monte del Sol when the Dragons scored twice in the final three minutes.
Sophomore Daniella Jimenez added a final goal for the Lady Rams (4-9, 2-4 district) with just over a minute left.
“It was great,” said assistant coach Amber Thomas, filling in while head coach Sara Vasquez awaits the birth of her first child. “They (Lady Rams) were connecting passes, and our defense stepped it up the rest of the half.
“The first half was a little shaky, but in the second half we saw Portales soccer.”
Junior Emma Zucherman scored in the 15th minute for the Lady Dragons (2-8, 0-5). Portales outshot Monte del Sol 10-4.
Luis Lazoya and Abraham Sigala scored down the stretch to rally Monte del Sol (8-4, 3-2) in the boys matchup.
Brandon Gomez scored both goals for the Rams (5-6, 2-4), the fist coming in the second minute and the second giving PHS a 2-1 lead about 11 minutes into the second half.
“We played a (good) match for 78 minutes, but the match was 80,” Rams coach Nathan Dodge said. “I give credit to the kids for playing hard. We just didn’t finish it.”
Dodge said one defender got hurt during the match for Portales, and another drew a yellow card. Right before the two late Dragons goals, PHS junior Lane Nichols made a save on a penalty kick that resulted from the yellow card.
The Rams return to action in a 4 p.m. matchup at home on Thursday against Roswell High. Both PHS squads will play on Saturday at home against Desert Academy, beginning with the girls contest at 1 p.m.