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RUIDOSO — The Colt soccer team got two firsts Saturday: their first two-game win streak of the year and their first District 4-4A victory, a 3-0 shutout over Ruidoso.
“We played better in the first half,” said coach John Barbour. “We didn’t play great but we touched the ball well and we worked on our offense, staying calm on the ball and making the right passes.”
NMMI had 11 shots on goal in the first half, getting a lone goal on a corner kick from Nick Rodriguez to Daron Hernandez.
“(Rodriguez) just kicked it basically straight to him and Hernandez jumped and hit it straight in the goal,” the coach said. “It was pretty standard.”
With the Colt defense shutting down the Warriors, the game stayed at 1-0 until late in the second half, when Luis Ortiz — who moved from goal to forward several games ago — put in two shots in quick succession.
NMMI will have a few days to celebrate the victory before once again taking on the toughest team they’ve faced all year: No. 2-ranked 5A Roswell, which comes into the match with a 10-1-1 record.
But Barbour is confident his squad can make a game of it.
“We’re definitely going to put our best foot forward,” he said. “We’re going to try and see how we do and hopefully come out of there with a win.”
Despite their 3-7-1 record, the wins have come as the season progressed, and Barbour said the Colts are a better team than they were the first time they faced the Coyotes.
“We’ve definitely improved,” he said. “With our team, time makes up a lot of the difference, and getting our guys together so they learn how to play with each other; learn how to play in a system. As the season goes on, we’ve got to get better and better. We’re hoping to get a better outcome on Tuesday.”
That game is set for 6 p.m. at NMMI.
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There wasn’t a whole lot of scoring on Colt Field Friday — at least in the first half — and for the fifth game of the high school season, way too many mistakes by both the Colts (1-4) and Hot Springs (2-3).
But NMMI overcame their mistakes and took advantage of some by the Tigers for their first victory of the season, 29-15.
“Just proud of the way they answered in the second half,” said coach Randy Montoya. “I’ve been telling these guys all week long, we’ve been in every game. We had chances to either tie or take the lead in the fourth quarter and we just never could get it done. Then this second half we finally got it done. Just proud of the kids. It’s always great to get a W, any time you can get it.”
The only scoring in the first quarter came on the Tigers’ first possession of the game, when they were stopped at the 14 after eight plays but managed to kick a field goal that just went over the bar.
That 3-0 score stood until 2:18 in the second, when NMMI got the first touchdown of the game on a short carry by quarterback Gavin Maloney. The Colts started the drive on their own 44 after a punt, then moved down field on two passes and a Maloney carry before the TD.
And that’s where it stood at the half.
“It was kind of frustrating there in the first half,” Montoya said. “We just made way too many mistakes. We didn’t come ready to play tonight. So we challenged them at halftime. The majority of the coaches got up and spoke and told them, ‘We can do this. This is something that we’ve got in our grasp. We’ve just got to execute and do a better job,’ and the kids came out and answered the call in the second half.”
NMMI scored on their first possession of the third quarter, eating almost six minutes off the clock before another carry by Maloney made it 13-3. Helping the drive was a 44-yard pass by substitute quarterback Jake Guerrero to Christian Padilla about midway through the possession, then Maloney passed to Padilla who made a 21-yard circus catch to set up the TD two plays later.
The point after kick by Ivan Brewer went wide left, but it really didn’t matter, as a few minutes later, with 1:19 left in the stanza, the Colts made it 21-3 on a 50-yard run by Fausto Baranzini — following a long Maloney to Guerrero pass that was broken up — and the PAT run by Maloney.
The fourth opened with more mistakes, as a NMMI penalty then fumble in the end zone turned into a Hot Springs touchdown, but the 2-point rconversion failed, making it 21-9 Colts.
NMMI immediately made up for that with a 17-yard kickoff return by Ja’lil-Javon Brown followed by a short carry by Maloney and another big run — 63 yards — by Baranzini and a 2-point play, making it 29-9 with 10:44 left in the game.
The Tigers never gave up, scoring with two second left in the game on a run in from the one, but once the second half got rolling, there was no doubt the Colts would get their first victory.
The stats show both the good and the bad in the game.
On the plus side, Maloney passed for 169 yards. Padilla received 135 and Guerrero 76. Baranzini ran for 123 yards and two TDs; Maloney 61 yards and two touchdowns; and Brown for 31.
On the negative side, between both teams, there were three lost fumbles, an interception and 193 yards of penalties.
“I was most proud of the fact everybody got to play this game,” Montoya said. “Everybody got some reps. It was a good team win. We all made mistakes. There ain’t no doubt. So there isn’t one person who deserves the credit. We’ve all got to continue to get better, which we have been every week. We just can’t let those things slip up.”
Montoya knows those mistakes could be even more costly come district, but with one final pre-district game on the schedule — Sept. 30 in Loving — he hopes the momentum has swung toward the Colts.
“One more pre-district game that we’ve got to take care of, and we’ve got to clean it up,” he said. “But it’s always good to get a W. I told the kids, let’s make this a snowball. Let’s get this thing moving. Let’s keep this ball rolling.”
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CLOVIS — The Colt soccer team got their second win of the season Thursday with a 2-0 victory over 6A Clovis (5-5). The victory — which was rescheduled after a rainout two weeks ago — couldn’t have come at a better time as NMMI heads back into district play Saturday.
The Colts (2-7-1) drew first blood in the first half on a on corner kick from sophomore Luis Ortiz that sophomore Luis Rios just got a foot on, flicking it into the goal.
“Really beautiful goal, and he couldn’t have got it any more in the corner if he tried,” said coach John Barbour. “It was fantastic.”
After that, the game was scoreless until the final five minutes of the match when junior fullback Nico Rodriguez played the ball in from the left to sophomore Ivan Gonzalez, who made it 2-0.
Barbour was happy with the road effort.
“We played pretty well,” he said. “It’s starting to come together. Communication is better. Our control is better. We passed the ball well and we got a good result.
The junior varsity fell 3-2 to the Wildcats, getting goals from Farnosh Naemi and Sebastian Uribe.
The varsity will be back in action Saturday, when they travel to Ruidoso to face the winless and scoreless Warriors at the White Mountain Athletic Complex.
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It’s a theme that runs through all NMMI volleyball this season: inconsistency. And Thursday, that inconsistency led to a Colt loss vs. Corona, as the Cardinals took a 25-18, 25-14, 25-20 victory in the Godfrey Athletic Center gymnasium.
That gave Corona a 2-1 record over NMMI this season, after they beat the Colts at home early in the season then fell when both teams were shorthanded at the Gateway tournament. Having senior Cardinals Aubrey Brandenberger and Payton Dunsworth back on the floor might have made a difference, but Colt coach Stephanie Schooley thought there might another reason as well.
“I just think we weren’t completely confident in our abilities,” she said. “We do really good things and we seem to be excited, then we let one mistake turn into three, four, five, and you’re not going to win a game if you keep letting mistake after mistake happen.”
The teams played close early in Game 1, with NMMI either leading or tied through 7-4, but after a Corona time out, the Cardinals went on a 14-3 run, and while three aces late in the match by Kelesey Duru closed the gap a bit, it wasn’t nearly enough.
After the Colts got the first point in Game 2, Corona went on a 9-1 run and never looked back, with only three NMMI offensive points in the game.
“We were beating ourselves more so than they were actually making the kills,” Schooley said. “I just feel like we’re so mental we can’t get over those mistakes. And we have to learn to move on.”
It looked like the Colts were doing just that in Game 3, as NMMI went up 5-0 on four serves by Grace Tompkins, including an ace, then stretched the lead to 7-1. But the Cardinals battled back, tying it at 8-8 then going up 14-9 on strong serving by Koelle Brandenberger.
NMMI didn’t allow any more big Corona runs, and closed to 21-19 on four serves by Alyssa Bolander, but some final mistakes gave the visitors the game and match.
The Colts have only two games remaining in their season. They’ll travel to Gateway on Monday to try to get a win vs. the Warriors, then close things out at home on Oct. 4 against Clovis Christian.
“Both very winnable games,” Schooley said. “Tough game with Gateway. They always play us tough. We also come out and try to play them tough, so I hope we can just be more consistent. We have moments of brilliance, then I don’t know what happens. So we’ve got to learn to be more consistent.”
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The Lady Broncos stayed perfect in WJCAC action Wednesday with a nail-biting 26-24, 20-25, 25-17, 25-23 win over Western Texas College at the Cahoon Armory, giving both the coaches and fans a reason to cheer when the match finally ended.
“We have really been doing this to ourselves all year long,” said coach Shelby Forchtner of the tight match. “We know that we can play at a high level. We just can’t do it consistently yet. I think that day is coming. We can all kind of see the light at the end of the tunnel and we see really good things that we do for 10 points or 15 points. We just can’t package it all together for 25 points yet.”
Game 1 was close almost the entire way, with 13 ties and each team going up, then dropping back. The Broncos led 21-19 and 23-19, prompting two Westerner time outs, then let the visitors come back to tie it at 24-24 before getting the final two points.
NMMI never led in Game 2, despite closing it to 9-8 on four serves, two of those aces, by Hannah Davis; and tying it at 16- and 17-all.
After ties at 1-, 2-, 3- and 4-all to open Game 3, the Broncos reeled off six straight points and never trailed, but still let WTC come back.
“Even then, it was 23-11 and we still allowed them to come back to 25-17,” Forchtner said. “That’s what we’ve been doing all year. We can’t be just, ‘Oh. We’re up this much. We have to give them some confidence before we finish the game.’ We’ve got to get out of that mentality because we don’t belong there. We are a very good team when we’re doing things effectively, and if we could just get into that consistent mindset we would beat a lot of people and we’d be done in three a lot of times.”
They did manage to wrap things up in four Wednesday, but the Broncos trailed until 18-18, tied it at 20-20 and 22-22 then let the Westerners tie it at 23-all before eking out the final two points.
The talent the Broncos have show in their stats.
McKayla Landreth tallied 14 kills, and when she landed a hard shot, everyone knew it, including the Corps of Cadets that packed the gym. Aleksandra Bilić had eight; and Katie Campbell, Gali Sanchez and Davis six each.
Cherish Sosi had 39 assists and nine digs. Davis had three aces. Valeria Gutierrez had 16 digs,
Campbell 13, and Maluhia Taula eight. As a team, NMMI had four blocks, which was their weakest spot Wednesday.
“We knew they were going to be firing a lot from the outside and we really had to attempt to slow that down and stop that, and our block just didn’t do it tonight,” Forchtner said. “That’s something we’re usually pretty good at on the outside when Hannah’s up there, and it just really wasn’t happening for us, so we had to rely on our defense. Which was OK, because we had some people who were doing a good job back there.”
The 11-8 Broncos get their first weekend off since school started this week, with their next match not scheduled until Sept. 28 at Midland College.
Forchtner said the break is appreciated.
“Our kids really need this. We’ve been going since August 1st and the coaches need it. It comes at a perfect time, because we all really, really need to just relax this weekend and just enjoy the break. It’s going to be nice.”