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PORTALES — The Colt soccer team (5-12-2, 3-4-1) was hoping to add one more victory to its regular-season stats Saturday, but couldn’t quite pull it off, as Portales topped the Colts 2-1 in the district finale in Portales.
The Rams led 1-0 at the half, then made it 2-0 in the second until about 15 minutes remained when Ivan Gonzalez scored the lone goal for NMMI. And that’s how it ended despite both teams having opportunities.
“We played OK,” said coach John Barbour. “It wasn’t great. We could have done a lot better. I think we were just tired and we really didn’t show the energy we had against Moriarty.”
The best story of the day, though, came from the JV match.
Because the NMMI bus was delayed, Barbour suggested dropping the final JV game of the season. But the Rams had plans to honor a freshman who developed terminal brain cancer last summer and wanted to get the match in.
And the NMMI players agreed.
“Despite our players having plans for homecoming, dates for homecoming, when I went in and explained the situation, they all agreed we’ve got to play this game,” he said. “I was really impressed with the team putting someone else before their plans for Saturday night.”
And so they played an abbreviated, 20-minute half game, falling 2-1, and the Colts honored the Portales player with a team chant in his name.
“Our kids were real happy to go do that,” Barbour said. “It was kind of cool.”
Whether the Colts have more games to play is now up to the NMAA seeding committee, which will meet Sunday to announce the 12 teams in Class 4-4A that will make it to the state playoffs. The MaxPreps predictions prior to Saturday’s game showed NMMI at No. 10, with district rivals Hope Christian at No. 1 and Portales at No. 5.
Twelve teams are chosen for the first round of playoffs — set for Oct. 28 or 29 — at the home field of the higher seed. The top four teams draw a bye, which means the Colts will almost certainly travel if selected.
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The Colt soccer team moved one step closer to a berth at state Tuesday with a 4-0 victory over former 5A team Moriarty.
It was probably the best effort by NMMI all season.
“They really showed up to play today. They brought it,” said coach John Barbour. “They brought the things we worked on in practice. Possession was great. Passing was great. They were playing a couple of tiers ahead instead of just one level to the next level. They actually played the ball from the defense up to the striker, dropping it off then playing a dangerous pass in then crossing and finishing. It was wonderful to watch and good to see these guys come this far.”
For almost 30 minutes, the game was scoreless, as the Pintos dominated the offense but couldn’t get anything past the Colt defense. Then, with 29:00 gone and the NMMI offense on point, Sebastian Uribe slipped a ball past Moriarty keeper Ethan Tolleson to put the Colts up 1-0.
Four minutes later, on another NMMI drive, Nicholas Rodriguez centered a shot to Hector Reyna Jimenez who sent the ball off the keeper and to Obed Abel, who dropped it in the net.
As the Colt offense continued to dominate, Abel got his second goal with just a minute left in the game when he sent a bicycle kick into the corner of the net.
Then, after almost 19 scoreless minutes in the second half — despite an increased offensive push by the Pintos — Uribe put in his second goal of the game to make it 4-0.
The increasingly desperate Moriarty offense tried to get by the NMMI defense but couldn’t, and the game ended in the 4-0 shutout.
Barbour was pleased with both his scorers.
“Abel really kind of calmed down today and took his time when he was shooting,” the coach said. “We were commenting on one of them, we could almost see his chest kind of heave like, ‘OK. Just gotta put it on frame.’ And sure enough he did, and he got a great goal off of it.”
Uribe started the day off with a goal in the JV game — giving him a hat trick for the day — along with a number of shots in the 2-2 tie. (Mark Pralat got the other Colt JV goal)
“He was on fire so I was like, ‘We’re going to get him going. Because he’s doing well today,’” Barbour said. “We played both of them. Both got some goals and played real well. And the good news they should both be back next year so it’s good to get them some experience.”
With the win, the Colts improve to 5-11-1 overall and 3-3-1 in District 4-A-4A, with one game left in the regular season.
And with that last game set for Saturday at 3 p.m. in Portales, Barbour simply wants to concentrate on doing the best they can.
“All we’re focusing on is what we’re doing, then we’ll see how we’re going to end up Saturday,” he said. “Every single player knows exactly where we stand. We had a nice little talk about it and we’re hoping to finish the season out strong.”
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On paper, Saturday’s soccer game between NMMI and East Mountain didn’t mean much: it was a non-district game near the end of the district season. But throughout the game, Timberwolf coach Frank Trusiano kept telling his players that because East Mountain was only a game behind the Colts in a MaxPreps post-season poll, a win would guarantee them a berth at state.
And whether that’s true or not, the T-wolves must have taken it to heart, as they came out fired up in the second half, breaking a 1-1 tie to winning 2-1.
“Every single game we play has post-season implications,” said coach John Barbour. “Because they use your regular season record as well as your district record. And (East Mountain) happens to be in 1A-4A, so yeah. This will weigh heavily when they’re deciding on seeding and things of this nature.”
The first half was the story of very early and very late goals.
After the Colts just missed a shot in the first minute, Timberwolf Liam Painter put a shot into the back of a nearly-empty net.
“We were too involved going forward and had one center back staying back and one v. one vs. their forward and he lost out,” Barbour said of the goal. “He didn’t have any support. And as I explained to the boys, that’s what happens. When you don’t support your teammates and get in the right positions, bad things happen.”
NMMI dominated the rest of the first half offensively, but it wasn’t until about four minutes from the end that sophomore Ivan Gonzales tied the game at 1-1.
“He’s got a really strong left foot and he just hit it hard enough that the keeper thought he could catch it instead of using his fists and that thought was probably just not the best idea,” Barbour said.
East Mountain came out more dominant on defense in the second half, and while both sides had early chances, T-wolf Ethan Wagener sent a ball from from far back that simly bounced over the keepers head and into the net.
And that was it for the scoring the rest of the game, as despite some solid Colt shots, nothing went in.
Barbour said East Mountain concentrated on defense, which made the differnce.
“We had possessions throughout the whole game,” he said. “They had about five people back playing defense, just basically trying to hold things down then relying on kicking the ball far and maybe getting lucky. A lot of times luck has a role in the game and that’s exactly what happened. A couple of bad bounces or what-have-you and the ball’s in the back of the net. And as you saw, that’s basically what happened.”
NMMIs season now comes down to two final games: the home finale Tuesday vs. Moriarty and the last regular-season game Saturday at Portales.
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The NMMI soccer team got a big win over district foe Ruidoso Tuesday, pounding the winless Warriors 9-1 with nine different Colts putting balls in the back of the net.
“We had some defenders getting on the goal sheet with loose balls coming out,” said coach John Barbour. “They put them on frame, and any time you put them on frame you’ve got a chance to score a goal. We got some from outside midfielders. We got some from forwards and attacking midfielders. It’s good to have these guys have a chance to put one in the back of the net. They played well and it was a team goal.”
NMMI wasted no time in getting on the board, scoring in the first minute on a shot by Sebastian Uribe. Less than a minute later, Martin Ahumada notched a goal, and with just under four minutes gone in the game, Ivan Gonzalez made it 3-0.
It then took almost 10 minutes for Quang Nguyen to knock it into the net, then defender John Liakos made it 5-0 with about 15 minutes into the match, and defender Luis Cordeo made it 6-0 with about nine minutes remaining.
The Colts wasted little time in adding to the score in the second half as Kamil Alaoui became the seventh NMMI player to score, then Warrior Aldo Cardenas broke up the shutout with a shot almost from mid field that just got over the head of keeper Luis Ortiz.
But midway through the second half Daron Hernandez got that goal back, then late in the game, Hector Reyna Jimenez got a ball in after a flurry at the net. Freshman Oswaldo Romero pulled Warrior keeper Alfonso Gomez out out the net long enough for the ball to roll in.
Barbour said the main objective was just to play their game and hopefully get a good result since it was a district match, and Ruidoso is in a rebuilding year.
“We know we’re down in the goal count as far as goals for and goals against, so we wanted to score some goals today,” he said. “That’s what we really wanted to stress. But our kids played really well. We’ve worked on a lot of things over the last couple of weeks and it’s starting to come to fruition. Hopefully we’ll see that even in matches against tougher opponents.”
Something else the team wanted to work on was passing, which they did well, especially early.
“When we had our starters in we played a lot of two-touch passing and a lot of it was just passing at angles and just really working the ball without having to work it down to the goal ourselves,” the coach said. “So a lot better teamwork.”
The Colts (4-10-2, 2-3-1) will try to make it two wins in a row Saturday when they face off against former district foe Easy Mountain. The teams battled to a 2-2 tie in the season opener.
“At that point we’re trying to learn each other’s names,” Barbour said. “So we’re hoping we get a much better result this game, but they’ve had just as many practices as we have, so there’s no telling if they’re just as good or more improved than we are. So we can’t overlook that. We’ve just got to go into it and be ready to play.”
That match is set for 2 p.m. on Stapp Parade Field.
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Playing in their second overtime in as many games, the Colts and Fighting Pintos were tied 1-1 after regulation, then went through two overtime periods without either side getting any more goals into the net.
“It was a good game. On the day, I would say we were evenly matched,” said coach John Barbour.
Moriarty scored first, going into the half up 1-0. But NMMI came back in the second when Ivan Gonzalez played a free kick to the net. Luis Cordero tried to head it in and missed, but that confused the Pinto keeper and the ball went in the back of the net.
After that, neither side could score anything and the game ended in the 1-1 tie.
“It was back and forth,” Barbour said of the double overtime. “Both teams got some shots on goal. Both teams defended well. For whatever reason, it just stayed tied. We played well. We would have liked to end up better. Hopefully we’ll have a better result when they come play us at our place.”
But before that happens, the Colts wil travel to Albuquerque Saturday to face Hope Christian, a team that topped NMMI 6-0 in mid-September.
“We think we’ve come a long way over the course of the season, but we’re going to have to step it up when we go there to play them,” the coach said. “Hopefully we’ll have a better result than we did at our place.”