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Top-seeded Hope tops NMMI, 4-0

NMMI midfielder Hector Reyna fighting for possession of the ball with Hope Christian’s Isaiah Trujillo.


Hope Christian winger Isaiah Trjullio working against NMMI senior defensive back Diego Salido.

NMMI Sports Press

BERNALILLO, NM  – Hope Christian showed why they were picked as the top seed in the NMAA’s Class A-4A bracket, downing eighth-seeded New Mexico Military Institute in the quarterfinals, 4-0.

The Colts played an excellent defensive game for most of the first half, staving off a seemely  constant Husky offensive onslaught, but finally one of those shots got through, with about seven minutes remaining.

NMMI’s Marcelo Cantu with a step on Hope’s Kevin Sanchez.

Down by one at halftime, NMMI knew they needed to press their own attack in the second half. The Colts mounted a few more attacks, but Hope’s offense continued to roll, scoring 10 minutes into the second period, again five minutes later, and adding a final goal at about the 20 minute mark.

“We made a lot of mistakes today, that we’d like to have back,” said head Colt coach John Barbour. “We were not making good passes – our passing was abysmal today. But our guys have really come a long way from the first of the season. I’m really proud of that progress, even though it wasn’t our best game today.”

Double team by NMMI’s Francisco Saracho and Hector Reyna against Husky Ben Gutierrez.

NMMI finishes the season with an 8-11 overall record, including 1-1 in the postseason – they defeated Portales, 1-0, to advance to the quarterfinals.

Colt soccer advances

Luis Tzintzun kicks one of his four corner kicks.

NMMI Sports Press

The New Mexico Military Institute Colts edged Portales 2-1 in the opening round of the state soccer playoffs in Roswell Saturday afternoon.

Mario Camou scored the opening goal for the Colts early in the first half. Midway in the first half Portales tied the score and in the second half Luis Tzintzum broke the deadlock at the midpoint of the final half.

The Colts(8-10-1) face the top team in A-4A Hope Christian Thursday at 10:30 a.m. in Bernalillo.

Colts head coach John Barbour said NMMI has faced the top seed twice.

“They are probably one of the best teams in the state, they’re just amazingly good,” he said.

Portales finished the season at 10-11.

Colt soccer hosts Portales in first round of 4A State Playoffs

Corner kick by NMMI’s Luis Tzintzun, game vs. Roswell High on Sept. 2.

NMMI Sports Press

Goalkeep Allen Varela, game vs. Clovis on Sept. 5.

Homecoming revelers will have more than just football games to watch this weekend at NMMI. Saturday, the Colt soccer team will host Portales in first-round state tournament action on the Stapp Parade Field, and head coach John Barbour is looking for a big crowd to cheer his charges on.

“Hopefully some folks will venture over to watch the game,” he said. “We’re excited to have a home game for homecoming, especially since it’s a state tournament first-round game. We’ll be excited to see if fans show up. I’m sure a lot of people will come down from Portales, and hopefully we can match those numbers from people from our side.”

The Institute snuck into the top rung of the tournament bracket at No. 8, which gave them the home game. Coach Barbour was pushing for a seven-seed, but was just happy to have the home game.

Obed Abel Marcelo Cantu, game vs. Moriarty on Oct. 3.

“Our district was probably the toughest, based on where everyone finished,” he said. “Portales and us, we both beat some of the other teams in other districts. So I think we can definitely argue our district is the strongest, which is why we got four teams out of our district to qualify. But we’ll have to wait and see. Getting in on the eight seed, at least we’ve got a home-field game, so we’re excited about that and hopefully we can get a win Saturday.”

Those four teams include No.1 seed Hope Christian — which finished 18-2 overall with both losses to bigger schools — and No. 4 seed Moriarty (13-6-1.) The bad news is all four schools are on the same side of the bracket, which means only one will be able to work its way to the title game.

Diego Salido, games vs. Portales on Oct. 21.

“It’s like they’re hoping we’ll knock each other off,” he said. “It comes with the territory. But that’s OK. Our record wasn’t that great, so just getting in was kind of a plus.”

NMMI and Portales both finished 3-5 in district, with the Colts 7-10-1 overall and the Rams 10-9. (Several of NMMI’s losses were to 5A and 6A schools.) In district, Portales won 1-0 on its home pitch then the Institute came back with a 1-0 double overtime victory last week at home. So Barbour knows it’ll be a close-fought battle Saturday.

“it’s a pretty even matchup,” he said. “They’ve got a good side. I’ve known coach (Nathan) Dodge for a long time. We’ve been going back and forth for a while. We kind of enjoy playing each other. It’s always a good matchup. They’ve got some strong kids. He’s got an older group and they’re going to definitely come down here fired up. Maybe this past Saturday they may have been overconfident since they got the win the last time, so we’re not going to leave anything to chance and we’re definitely not going to feel like we’ve got the edge going into it either. We want to go out and play our best soccer so hopefully we can advance to the next round.”

Francisco Saracho, games vs. Ruidoso on Sept. 23.

Both teams bring strong players to the game.

The biggest Colt loss was by seven goals — most were much less — and that was to powerhouse Hope Christian, which says a lot about freshman keeper Allen Varela.

“He’s a really good kid,” Barbour said. “He’s very good, not only for a freshman but he’s also a very good all-around goalkeeper.”

Forward Luis Tzintzum scored the winning goal in the second OT last week, and Barbour is very pleased with the junior.

Mario Camou, game vs. Clovis on Sept. 5.

“He proved why he’s one of the best wingers I’ve ever seen,” the coach said. “What he’s able to do and his ability to cross the ball is like no other I’ve ever seen.

“Defensively, (seniors) Marcelo Cantu and Diego Salido have done really well this year,” the coach continued. “We’re blessed with those guys on the back. We’ve got some other seniors on the team who are stepping up. Also, up front we’ve got a forward in (junior) Mario Camou who’s shown he can hold the ball up and kind of help distribute. He’s scored some goals too and we’ll kind of look to him to do more of the same.”

Across the aisle, Barbour said the Rams have “a really good defense. They’re stingy at the back. Their forwards are decent and pretty good so we can’t give them much space. We’ve got to make sure we account for them. And their No. 10 (sophomore Jesus Chavez) does not play like he’s an underclassman. He plays like he’s a senior for sure, so we’re going to have to account for him as well.”

Eric Borrego, game vs. Goddard on Sept. 21.

The 3 p.m. Saturday match will be the rubber game between the two squads this year, with the winner heading to Albuquerque next week to face Hope Christian, which has a bye this week.

Barbour is hoping that will be his team.

“Third time’s the charm,” he said. “Just looking forward to getting after it and hopefully these guys will show how good they are. Because I’ve seen glimmers of what these guys can do and I’m still looking for them to put it all together on the field.”

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.