CHS soccer: Cats overcome slow start, beat NMMI

CNJ staff

ROSWELL — After shutting out New Mexico Military Institute three times already this season, the Clovis High boys soccer team didn’t expect to have many problems on Friday in the quarterfinals of a tournament in Roswell.

The Colts surprised the Wildcats, though, leading 1-0 at halftime before Clovis rallied for a 4-2 victory.

The Cats (6-1-1) return to Roswell today to face either Roswell Goddard or Silver in a semifinal match today at 9 a.m. They will then play either for third place at 5 p.m. or the championship at 7 p.m.

Senior forward Scott Elliott posted a hat trick for the Cats, converting a steal into the tying goal three minutes in to the second half. Junior Luis Esparza then headed in a corner kick by sophomore Baron Fillpot four minutes later.

After NMMI’s Rodrigo Leon tied the score with his second goal of the day with 28 minutes left, Elliott scored two more goals in the next six minutes.

“We didn’t have a really good first half,” CHS coach Shaun Gill said. “At halftime, we said if we wanted to advance we’d need to get with it.

“They (Cats) went out and started hustling. We started winning the 50-50 balls.”

Fillpot finished with two assists for the Cats, while Esparza added an assist on Elliott’s last goal.