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Colts win opening match against Coyotes

RHS head coach David Sifuentes looks on at the battle between NMMI’s #9 Frank Olcott and RHS’s #22 Garrette Barron.

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The New Mexico Military Institute Colt soccer team defeated the Roswell High Coyotes 1-0 at NMMI Stapp Parade Field on Tuesday.

The Colts looked in mid-season form as they slowly increased the pressure against the Coyotes during the first half. NMMI got four good looks in the first half, but could not convert on their opportunities.

The Colts were able to capitalize on a chance in the 53rd minute with Joseph Benedict scoring a goal goal, assisted by John Zimmerman – this gave the Colts the lead and the eventual victory in their opening game.

Head Colt soccer coach John Barbour was pleased with the team’s victory.

“The team looked good out there this evening for their first game. We are trying to get better every day and as long as we focus on doing that, I think we will win a lot of games this year. I think we have the depth to do well and I’m looking forward to a very successful season.

Last year’s assistant Colt soccer coach, David Sifuentes, is now the head coach at Roswell High this season.

Coach Barbour said, “I wish nothing but the best for Coach Sifuentes and Roswell High. They will be a tough team this year.”

The Colts next match will be in Portales as they face the Rams on Saturday, Aug. 24th at 3 PM

Colts season comes to an end in the second round of the state tournament

Luis Tzintzun makes a pass into the box for a scoring chance for the Colts.

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Jordanyol Bayonne-Kenol creates a corner kick for the Colts.

The New Mexico Military Institute Colt soccer team saw their season come to a close as they were defeated by the number one seed Sandia Prep Sun Devils 3-0 at Bernalillo Soccer Complex during the second round of the state tournament.

Sandia Prep scored one goal in the first half and two goals in the second half. The Sun Devils scored in the first five minutes of the game to take an early 1-0 lead. The Colts would not give up another goal until late in the second half where Sandia Prep would score two goals in the span of 10 minutes to give them the 3-0 victory and move on in the state tournament.

Head Colt soccer coach John Barbour said, “The guys gave everything they had out there today.  Sandia Prep capitalized on their chances and we did not. That was the difference in the match.”

Andres Bleizeffer dribbles the ball towards the box in search of an open Colt.

NMMI was the only higher seed to advance from the first round from 3A as the other favorites moved on from the first round.

The Colts end their season with a record of 7-9-1 (2-3-1) including the victory in Socorro in the first round of state.

Four NMMI high school teams headed to state

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The Colts will have a good showing at the NMAA fall state tournaments this week, with all  teams eligible to compete in post-season play — soccer, boys’ and girls’ cross country and football — getting a chance to square off against the best of the best.

Colt soccer advanced to the quarterfinals of the A-3A championships with a 4-2 overtime shootout vs. Socorro High Nov. 3 on the road.

The win will pit coach John Barbour’s ninth-seeded Colts (8-9-1) against top-seeded Sandia Prep (12-8) in a 1 p.m. match Wednesday, which will be held on Field 8 at the New Mexico Soccer Complex in Bernalillo.

The winner advances to a semifinal match slated for 12:30 p.m. on Thursday at Field 7 in the same complex.

Complete championship information can be found here:; and the A-3A bracket can be found here:

The Colt boys’ and girls’ cross country teams won District 3/4AAA crowns at last Saturday’s meet also in Socorro.

The Institute boys’ team had four runners in the top five and six in the top 10  — including Carson Perry’s first-place finish with a time of 16:57 — easily besting second-place team finisher Cobre High School by 27 points.
The girls’ squad placed five in the top 10, led by Tessa Walker’s first-place finish with a time of 21:15. Coach Jan Olesinski’s girls’ team was 26 points ahead of their nearest rival, Tucumcari.

Those team titles earn both squads a chance to compete in the 2018 NMAA Class AAA Cross Country Championships, being held at Rio Rancho High School Saturday.

The Class AAA boys’ championship is scheduled to start at 10 a.m., while the girls will run at 12:05 p.m.

Complete championship information can be found here:

The Colt football team compiled a 6-4 record in the regular season and was selected as the No. 10 seed in the NMAA’s Class 3A state playoffs.

Coach Randy Montoya and his Colts will take on the seventh-seeded Hatch Valley Bears (5-5) at their place on Saturday with the kickoff at 1 p.m.

The Colt offense has amassed 2,025 total yards of offense this season and a 4.2-yard average per play, thanks to a quartet of excellent rushers in the backfield.

Tailback Jalil Brown leads the running attack with 650 yards on 79 carries; halfback Charles Lewis has 550 yards on 85 attempts; fullback Gus Curnutt pounded out 279 yards on 64 chances; and quarterback Jasper Best has scrambled for 222 yards on 82 rushes.

The Colt defense is led by linebacker Arturo Cuen’s 46 tackles and Roberto Laporte’s four sacks.

Complete championship information can be found here:

Colts advance to the second round of state on penalty kicks

Diego Monteverde makes his second save in three attempts during the penalty kick shootout in Socorro. The Colts advanced 4-2 in penalties after neither team could score in regulation or in overtime.

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The New Mexico Military Institute Colt soccer team defeated the Socorro Warriors 4-2 in penalty kicks after neither team could score in regulation or in overtime.

Quan Nguyen collects the fourth penalty kick for the Coltsto take them to the second round of state.

Head Colt soccer coach John Barbour credited his defense for the victory.

“We played well defensively and kept another clean sheet; unfortunately we could not counter on the other end, which made it difficult to finish on the other end.

Diego Monteverde did not start in goal for the Colts, but came in for the injured Ricardo early in the first half.

Barbour said, “Monteverde stepped up big in the penalty shootout. He took the pressure off of the guys shooting and those guys finished when it counted.

The next game for the Colts will be Wednesday Nov. 7th at 1 PM in Albuquerque as they will face the #1 seed Sandia Prep in the second round of the state tournament.

Barbour on Sandia Prep, “This win does give us some momentum going into this match. They are the #1 seed for a reason. They have a solid program throughout the years that I have been coaching. I do think this tournament is wide open though. Any team is beatable in this tournament.

The Colt soccer posses for a team photo post match.

Colts fall to Bears await state tournament bid

Francisco Perez scores the first goal of the game on a penalty kick in the first half.

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The New Mexico Military Institute Colt soccer team dropped a match against Hatch Valley 5-2 on the campus of NMMI on Friday. 

The first goal was by the Colts Francisco Perez on a penalty kick during the ninth minute of play to give them a 1-0 lead.  

Jordanyol Bayonne-Kenol scored the other goal for the Colts. This was a shot on goal in the second half of the match.

The rest of the half was controlled by Hatch as they scored three unanswered goals before half to bring the score to 3-1 in favor of Hatch. 

The Bears would score one more goal before the Colts would get a hustle goal off the boot of Jordanyol Bayonne-Kenol to make the match 4-2. 

Hatch would score one more goal to cap their 5-2 victory. 

Head Colt soccer coach John Barbour said, “We have to pressure the ball when we anticipate and force them to make mistakes when we do that good things happen for us. When we do not put pressure on them we pay the price.” 

The Colts had chances to score, but good defense from the Bears prevented them from finding the back of the net more often. 

Barbour said, “If we get into the state tournament we have to finish our chances when we get them if we want to be successful in state.” 

The Colts will be waiting to see if they get into the state tournament. If they do not then their season will be over.