Cavemen race past Wildcats

Carlsbad sophomore Alex Bustos dribbles past Clovis freshman Devin Aragon during the second half of Tuesday’s game at the Yucca Soccer Complex. Photo by Eric Kluth.

By Rick White

Carlsbad’s speed and relentless attack were too much for Clovis despite another heroic effort in goal by Dewayne Roberts.
Packing all its goals into a 15-minute stretch, Carlsbad beat the Wildcats 4-1 in a fast-paced District 4-5A match Tuesday at the Yucca Soccer Complex.
Joey Ongaga scored twice for the Cavemen, including a left-footed rocket just inside the left post with a little less than 16 minutes left in the first half that gave Carlsbad (10-4, 3-1 in district) a 4-0 lead.
“They’re really good at finishing,” Clovis coach Shaun Gill said. “We made a couple of mistakes and they took advantage.
“Other than that 20 minutes, I thought we played them pretty evenly.”
Roberts was a big reason, keeping the Cavemen off the scoreboard for the final 50 minutes of the match with several acrobatic saves.
Roberts, who finished with 17 saves, was at his best during a 10-minute stretch of the second half when he robbed Ongaga and Caleb Mekean on breakaways and turned away five point-blank shots as play raced end to end.
“That’s the way he’s played for the last 13 or 14 matches,” Gill said. “I’d hate to think what the score would have been without him.”?
Terrance Speice scored for the Wildcats (2-13, 0-4), pounding home a loose ball in the 31st minute of the first half after Carlsbad goalkeeper Aaron Manganero misplayed his initial shot.
“He just kept going to the goal,” Gill said. “He created the mistake and then he capitalized on it.”
Speice had Clovis’ best scoring chances in the second half, but was unable to knock home a pair of headers.
“The halfbacks were doing a good job of supporting us on the outside and gave me a lot of chances,” Speice said. “I just couldn’t put them in the net.”