By Dave Wagner
Roswell Goddard let some early scoring opportunities slip away and went into halftime leading Clovis High just 1-0 Saturday in the girls season opener for both teams at Yucca Soccer Complex.
That changed in a span of about 10 minutes early in the second half when the Lady Rockets erupted for three goals — two by junior Sara Collar — and pulled away to a 5-0 win.
CHS got precious little going against the older, more experienced Lady Rockets. Once Collar made it 2-0 on a shot from short range with 35:14 left in the match, it was all Goddard.
Junior Erin Lara made it 3-0 when she deflected a teammate’s pass behind Clovis goalkeeper Jessica Doss, who had broken to her right and slipped when she tried to reverse direction. Collar then scored with 24:22 to go when she punched a rebound shot past the sprawling Doss.
“I’ve got a pretty good team this year,” 12th-year Goddard coach Betty Elizondo said. “We only lost three seniors (from last year’s team).
“The girls played well. They moved the ball well today and passed well.”
Except for a brief stretch, most of the first half was played in the Clovis end. It took Goddard more than 27 minutes to break through, however, with senior Karlie Rasor finally scoring from the left side on an assist from Amanda McCracken.
Goddard nearly scored as time was running out in the half, but a shot from point-blank range sailed over the top of the goal.
First-year Clovis coach Larry Jones said the Lady Cats had trouble staying with Goddard.
“We have a lot of work to do,” Jones said. “They beat us to almost everything. Anything that was a 50-50 situation, they usually beat us.
“We had a few opportunities, and I saw a few bright spots. But we have to do more work on our endurance.”
Elizondo also said she thinks the Lady Cats will come around.
“Clovis is a good team,” she said. “I don’t know what years his girls are, but they’re going to be all right. It’ll just take a while.”
The Lady Rockets also took the junior varsity preliminary 5-0 score.
Clovis returns to action when it hosts a six-team invitational on Friday and Saturday. The Lady Cats are paired with Aztec and Moriarty in Pool A of the tournament, while teams in Pool B include Los Lunas, Roswell High and Santa Fe St. Michael’s.