A long, frustrating day for the Clovis High girls soccer team took a turn for the worse Saturday.
Two players from each team were ejected when a skirmish broke out on the field with just over four minutes left in Carlsbad’s 2-0 District 4-5A victory over the Lady Wildcats.
Clovis seniors Caitlin Barnett and Stephenie Aguilar were red-carded, along with junior Melissa Marshall and senior Sara Aldaz for Carlsbad. All four players will have to sit out regular-season finales next week against Hobbs.
The teams finished the match 9-on-9 after the red cards. Clovis (7-11, 0-3 district) also had several players shaken up during the course of the match, including junior goalkeeper Dakota Foreman, who collided with a Carlsbad player as she came out to stop a shot about 11 minutes into the contest and suffered a concussion.
Eighth-grader Melaya Flores (sprained ankle) and sophomore Taisha Bosque (quad) were also injured during the physical match. CHS coach Shane Leatherwood said Foreman and Flores should be able to play in Friday’s finale against Hobbs here while Bosque, who recently missed several matches with a quad problem, is likely out.
Before the ejections, the Lady Cats were down to about 12 healthy bodies.
“We’ll put our best 11 girls on the field (against Hobbs),” Leatherwood said. “If all we’ve got is 11, we’ll put out 11.”
Cavegirls coach Misty Long said the teams were allowed to play a physical style.
“Both sides were getting physical,” she said. “That’s what happens when that’s allowed.”
Carlsbad (13-4, 2-1 district) beat the Lady Cats (7-11, 0-3) by the same score on Tuesday in Carlsbad. Ironically, the same players scored both goals Saturday — eighth-grader Linzy Granger and freshman Thai Ramirez.
“We’re so young trying to find a niche and figure out everything,” Long said. “We did a nice job of moving the ball around.
“I felt in the first half we were kind of letting them win the balls. We talked at halftime about how you have to compete to win the balls.”
Granger knocked one in from close range that freshman Kelsey Foster, who replaced Aguilar, got her hands on but couldn’t keep from rolling into the net. Ramirez beat a Clovis defender along the right baseline with about 15 minutes left and tapped one into the right corner.
“We got unlucky when Dakota had to come out with a concussion,” Leatherwood said. “But Kelsey did a great job in goal, especially for not having played there for a while.”
Foster, normally a midfielder who has seen some time in goal this season, collected 11 saves, including eight in the second half.
“Kelsey played great,” Leatherwood said. “She goes wherever she can help us.”
The Lady Cats were limited to three shots on goal by the Cavegirls.
“We had a few (scoring) opportunities,” Leatherwood said. “We don’t get many, so when we get them we need to take advantage.”