Roswell scores late to down NMMI 3-1 at Coyote Classic

Posted on 11 September 2011 by Lawrence Foster of the Roswell Daily Record

NMMI’s Oscar Thomas-Alvarez, left, gets ready to pass the ball, while Roswell’s Jovanny Andrade, right, defends during their game on Saturday at the Coyote Classic (Lawrence Foster Photo).

In the first meeting between the NMMI and Roswell boys soccer teams, the Colts scored early, Roswell tied it late in the first half and the Coyotes scored late in the second half to get the win.

If anyone watched that first meeting, they probably had a feeling of déjà vu during their game on Saturday in the second round of the Coyote Classic.

NMMI once again took the lead early, Roswell tied it late in the first half and another late goal in the second half gave Roswell the lead as they held on to beat the Colts 3-1 to advance to the championship game.


The similarity wasn’t lost on Roswell coach James Vernon.

“It was exactly the same way as the last time (we played them,)” he said. “We got scored on real fast and then we scored right before the half. (NMMI) is a good team.”

The Colts took the lead five minutes into the game.

NMMI was set up with a corner and Gerardo Estrella fired the ball into Roswell’s box. The Coyote defense couldn’t clear the ball and the Colts’ Jorge Garza was able to gain possession of it right in front of the Roswell goal and he fired a shot to the left corner that gave NMMI a 1-0 lead.

For a majority of the first half, there was a steady rain and that slowed down the Roswell attack. The Coyotes’ offense couldn’t get good touches on the ball in NMMI territory and Vernon said that it was because of the weather.

“With the field being wet, it really hindered us on our touches,” he said. “You could really tell that it hurt us a lot. Once we got down to where we could touch it and go, everything got a little better.”

In the 36th minute, Roswell’s Jacob Sedillo won a ball deep in NMMI’s box and was able to find the back of the net, tying the game at one.

The Colts had a chance to reclaim the lead before the half when Diego Islas-Pareda hit a shot from the edge of the box. The ball was hit high, but Coyote goalkeeper Rafael Vigil made a spectacular diving save to prevent the goal.

Vernon said that Vigil had a good game.

“He had about two or three really big saves,” he said. “He did a good job. Last night he went and kicked footballs and today he is playing soccer. I am glad he is back because he kept them out of the game.”

The score remained tied until the 72nd minute when Roswell took the lead for good.

Roswell had the ball in the NMMI box and was able to get a shot off. The shot deflected off the cross bar and bounced away from the goal, but the Coyotes’ Gustavo Sierra was there to head it in, giving Roswell a 2-1 lead.

The Coyotes’ Steven Martinez, who had just entered the game after finishing his ACT test, tacked on an insurance goal in the 73rd minute.


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