Colts hold off Socorro in double OT

Posted on 23 September 2011 by Lawrence Foster of the Roswell Daily Record

NMMI’s Mackenzie Salman, left, looks to pass the ball while Socorro’s Kris DeCosta defends during their game, Thursday (Lawrence Foster Photo).

If at first you don’t succeed, try again.

Or in the case of the NMMI boys soccer team, try, try, try … then find the back of the net.

The Colts scored six minutes into the match then went 90 minutes between goals, but pulled out a 2-1 double-overtime victory over the Warriors.

NMMI dominated from the start and in the sixth minute the Colts took their first lead.


NMMI’s Jorge Garza had the ball on the left-hand side of the Warrior box and lofted a pass to the opposite corner. Diego Islas Pareda took control of Garza’s pass, took a few dribbles and fired off a shot that found the back of the net.

It seemed as if NMMI would blow the game open as they had five more shots on goal in the next 10 minutes, but Socorro’s Nathan Fenby had a few diving saves to keep his team within striking distance.

The Warriors struck back in the 20th minute when Will Shaffer scored on a header that tied the game at one.

With the score tied at one heading into the second half, the Colts put even more pressure on the Warrior defense.

NMMI was able to keep possession and put numerous shots on goal because of its deft passing and team play, something coach John Barbour said they have been working on.

“We have done a lot of technical work over the last week,” he said. “We have done a lot of different drills to work on their touches with the ball and their ability to pass quickly. We want to see one-touch, and two-touch passing. I encourage them to play as fast as they can.”

The Colts’ best chance to take the lead came in the 44th minute.

Garza hit a cross into the Warrior box and Fenby charged out to knock the ball away, but got tangled up with a Warrior defender and fell down. The ball ended up at the foot of a NMMI player and with an open goal, his shot sailed over the cross bar.

Neither team could score the rest of regulation and the first overtime, but five minutes into the second extra session, NMMI put the game away.

Garza had the ball on the left side of the box and got a shot off. Fenby deflected the ball away, but NMMI’s Jose Ruiz was able to control the rebound and find the back of the net, giving his team a 2-1 victory.

Barbour said that he was happy with his team putting so many shots on goal.

“We were shooting well,” he said. “We are getting a lot of shots on goal, which we failed to do in our other games. Unfortunately, their goalkeeper was in the right place at the right time. At least we are shooting from outside, which is something we have been working on.”

The win improved the Colts’ record to 4-6.

NMMI’s next game is at home on Sept. 27 at 4 p.m. against Silver.


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