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Colts lose a physical game 2-1 to Moriarty


Mario Camou attempts a shot on goal.

On Tuesday evening the NMMI Colt Soccer team took on the Moriarty Pintos in a District A/4A matchup and NMMI would fall 2-1.

Marcelo Cantu looks to pass.

Head Coach John Barbour said, “It was a good physical game and we haven’t played one like that in a while. I think it was an eye-opener for our kids, as far as district play goes and letting them know what to expect.”

Moriarty would score two goals in the first twenty minutes thanks to Lucas Shirley and Franklin Rea.

Jose Carranza makes a pass to a teammate.

“Moriarty came ready to play and they have two good forwards that mesh well together. It was a good game and hopefully when we go to their place, we can do a little bit better job and take home a victory,” said Barbour.

The Colts would score a goal early in the second half on a penalty kick by Mario Camou, but could not complete the comeback.

“It was tough having a game canceled Saturday and our kids having to march in the parade Monday. I think they were a little tired, but we can’t have any excuses,” said Barbour.

NMMI will travel to Albuquerque as they take on Hope Christian this Saturday at 12:30 P.M.

Colt soccer falls 3-0 to 6A Clovis

Allen Varela kicking a goal kick.

The Colt soccer team took on the Clovis Wildcats Tuesday evening in Roswell and lost 3-0.

”Clovis was on a different gear than we were and we are trying to get to that level. Anytime you play a 6A school it is tough, but at the same time you aren’t going to get any better if you don’t challenge yourself, “said Coach John Barbour.

Markus Baughman scored early for Clovis, rocketing the ball into the top right corner of the net off of a cross pass

Clovis would go on to score two more goals in the second half and make the score 3-0.

Barbour said, “We are improving every day and passing better and actually getting our heads up trying to find each other.”

Even though Clovis was a tough test, the Colts are looking forward to playing teams in their own classification.

“We are going to try and get better and when we start playing 3A and 4 A teams, like Socorro this weekend.

Last time we played them, they came down here and played right with us and we were able to come out with a win. We are real competitive with them and hopefully we will go down there and repeat that process. I know they have been practicing and so have we, but they won’t give us anything,” said Barbour.

The Colts will be traveling to Socorro on Saturday and will kick off at 3 PM.


Colts go 1-2 in Coyote Classic

On Friday the NMMI Colt Soccer team had their first game of three in the Roswell Coyote Classic.

Despite playing Lovington earlier in the week, the Colts took care of business and opened tournament play with a win.

It was a scoreless game heading into penalty kicks, but NMMI would prevail making four shots in a row to take the game and their second win over Lovington this week.

The Colts would advance to the second round and take on Capital High School in Santa Fe.

Despite playing their best game of the year, the Colts lost 1-0.

“Every game was better than the last and I am really proud of our guys for the fight and determination that they put in to try and make a comeback, “said Coach John Barbour.

Even though the Colts lost early Saturday morning, they still had one game remaining against the Roswell Coyotes.

The Coyotes struck first by scoring a goal with 15 minutes to go in the first half.

NMMI would answer with a score of their own early in the second half, but they surrender the go ahead and eventual game winning goal late in the second half.

“We had opportunities to win the game, but we were unsuccessful. When we have those opportunities, we need to put them in the net, said Barbour.”

The Colts will take on the Clovis Tuesday at 6:00 P.M. on the NMMI campus.

Colt soccer improves to 2-0

Martin Ahumada moves the ball.

LOVINGTON — The Colt soccer team took on the Lovington Wildcats Tuesday afternoon in Lovington and came out victorious, winning 2-1, keeping their record perfect heading in this weekend’s Coyote Classic.

Luis Tzintzum had one heck of a game, scoring both NMMI goals.

Tzintzum’s first goal came late in the first half to put the Colts up 1-0 heading into halftime.

With 14 minutes remaining in the second half, Lovington tied it up 1-1 with little time to spare in regulation, but Tzintzum had other plans.

With five minutes remaining, Obed Able set up Tzintzum with a beautiful pass, which allowed him to see his second goal of the day sink into the back of the net.

This momentum allowed the Colts to hold off a late surge from the Wildcats to earn the win 2-1.

Despite Tzintzum’s two goals, he was not the player of the game, according to head coach John Barbour.

“(Keeper) Alan Varela had 18 saves and really carried us throughout the game. He might be a freshman on paper, but he plays like a senior,” said Barbour.

The Colts will face Lovington again in the Coyote Classic opener Friday at 4 p.m.

Team unity key to Colt soccer as season gets underway

As is the case every year, the Colt soccer team is set to start their season with only a few practices under their belt. But that doesn’t mean coach John Barbour and new assistant Dewayne Roberts aren’t looking forward to getting started.

“We’re just excited,” Barbour said. “We want to see how we are with everybody else. We know communication is going to be a downside and our conditioning, but we’ll get there. I think by the time district starts we’ll be ready to go and hopefully even before that. We’re going to do what we can to compete with everybody and hopefully pick up some victories.”

This year’s crop of Colts —which numbers about 35-40 players, with less than a dozen returners — was initially slated to start the season on Tuesday against 5A Goddard. However, that match has been pushed back to Thursday, Sept. 21. Instead, Barbour and his Colts will get a few more precious practice sessions before hosting 4A rival Socorro this coming Saturday, Aug. 26. at 3:00 P.M.

But for most of the pre-district season, the Colts will be playing up, against 5A and 6A teams – and Barbour said that’s OK.

“What’s the point of holding back? There’s no reason to just play defensive. If you’re going to go for it, you’ve got to go for it. We’re looking for a good game. We go to their place, so it won’t be easy, but I think they’ve got some young guys as well, so we’ll hope for the best. ”

With less than three week’s practice before that road opener, Barbour said his squad is mostly working on the fundamentals, including first touch, passing and conditioning, but also just getting to know each other.

“We’ve got to be getting better at communicating, because that’s always a problem. Most of the kids at the other schools have grown up together, but these guys have known each other for about 10 days. If they can at least know each other’s names, I’ll be happy with that. If I can get to know their names, I’ll be happy,” he laughed. “But it’s just communicating; getting their skills back, because a lot of them probably haven’t played during the summer; shaking the cobwebs off but also getting into match fitness and getting conditioned.”

With the team just learning who everyone is and what they can do, the coach is still figuring out who will play where. One of the names that stood out last year and should again this year is Martin Ahumada, the senior cousin of NMMI’s recording-setting scorer, Everardo Ahumada.

“Good defender. Very quick,” Barbour said of the fullback. “He may actually move up front so he may beat his cousin’s record. We’ll see.”

The keeper position is always key, and this year the Colts are looking at two possibilities, starting with senior Juan Bellot Burke.

“He’s got great hands,” the coach said. “He hasn’t played for a long time, so we’re having to kind of work that out, but we’ve also got a freshman, Allen Varela, who’s looking really promising. Varela’s communication with the back four is really, really good. Those two aree going to have to battle it out a little bit, and we’ll see who ends up at that spot.”

This season, there are also four Lady Colts on the squad — Frida Antopia, Miranda Garcia, Frida Ruizesparza, and Samantha Steadman  — with Antopia likely getting some playing time on the varsity squad.

“They want to play,” Barbour said. “So we’re going to give them that opportunity and I would imagine at least two of them on the JV side will probably be starting, but we’ll have to wait and see how that all plays out. There’s a lot of guys and gals who are vying for those starting positions, and that’s going to depend on effort, attendance, ability, and all that.”

Whoever sees time on the field will be seeing tough competition. Besides Goddard, the Colts will square off against 5A Roswell, Artesia and Lovington; 6A Clovis; and a mix of 5A and 6A schools at the Coyote Classic Sept. 1-2. But Barbour wouldn’t have it any other way.

“It’s a good test,” he said. “If you can play with the 5A and 6As, then it gives you kind of a good start when you’re going into the 3As and 4As and you feel like you’ve really got a chance against them. It’s tough competition, but you’re not going to get better if you don’t test yourself.”

And the Colts will need to be prepped when they open district Sept. 16.

“Hope Christian is definitely the front runner,” Barbour said. “But Moriarty’s no slouch. I think we split with them (last year.) Portales, always a good competition between us. You never know who’s going to win between our two teams. And then Ruidoso. They were very young last year so those kids are going to be a little older so I expect they’re going to be a little bit tougher.”

For the first time in four years, the Colts didn’t advance to the postseason last year, but it was close, just missing out on an at-large pick from the seeding committee, which easily could have happened, considering how close the win/loss records were for the lower-seeded teams.

“You hope for a helpful bid at times and sometimes you get unlucky as well,” Barbour said. “We’ll just take it as it comes and hopefully this year it’ll be a no brainer and we’ll win district and we’ll be able to go.”

And while the group is still getting to know each other — including coach Roberts, who’s an Eastern New Mexico grad with a solid background in soccer — Barbour said the team spirit is strong.

“They’ve kind of gelled quickly, more so than most teams I’ve had in the past. They seem a little closer. We’ll just have to wait and see how that plays out, but right now the spirits are high and they all seem to get along, despite the majority of them being new.”