SANTA FE — The final road trip of the regular season started well on Friday for the Portales High girls soccer team, not so much for the boys.
The Lady Rams improved their postseason chances with a 2-0 District 2/1A-3A victory over Monte del Sol, but the boys — who were locked in a scoreless tie near the midway point of the second half — absorbed a 7-0 setback at the hands of the Dragons.
PHS squads wrap up the regular season today across town at Desert Academy, with the boys playing at 1:30 p.m. and the girls to follow.
Sophomore Angelina Gallegos scored off a corner kick by sophomore Alejandra Gonzales early in the first half, and freshman Hunter Royston added a goal late in the half for the PHS girls (6-12, 4-5 district).
That was enough against the Lady Dragons (5-11, 2-8), who managed only two shots on goal.
“The girls played together as a team,” coach Amber Garcia said. “They were able to connect their passes.
“Our defense was communicating well. They were doing exactly what they needed to do.”
The Lady Rams pumped 10 shots on goal at Monte del Sol, but Lady Dragons eighth-grader Alejandra Castillo managed to make saves on eight of them to keep her team in it.
Senior Luis Lozoya scored five of Monte del Sol’s seven goals in the boys matchup, with all the Dragons’ goals coming in the final 25 minutes.
The Rams (7-10, 3-6) were on the postseason bubble going in, coach Nathan Dodge said, and the loss didn’t help their situation. In addition, they will be without junior Dylan Knox today after he got a red card for a handball on a shot in the box.
Dodge said Lozoya’s shot probably would’ve gone in, but he thought the red card was excessive. He said he hopes to appeal to the NMAA before today’s match to possibly get it overturned.
“We played a heck of a first half,” Dodge said. “But it was their senior night and they had kind of a rowdy crowd, and we (teams) started jawing at each other.
“The red card was a big game-changer.”
Lozoya made the penalty kick to make it 2-0, then scored again about four minutes later. He added the final two goals for the Dragons (12-5, 7-3) in the last five minutes.
Junior goalkeeper Lane Nichols was credited with 15 saves for the Rams. Monte del Sol keeper Mark Van Sickle earned the shutout, making six saves.