CHS BOYS SOCCER: Cats beat Hobbs with five second-half goals

CNJ staff

HOBBS — Senior midfielder Luis Miranda had two goals and two assists as Clovis High erupted for all five of its goals in the final 28 minutes for a 5-2 District 4-5A boys soccer victory over Hobbs on Tuesday.

Now the Wildcats (13-5-1, 1-3 district) must wait to see if their overall record is good enough to earn one of two at-large berths to the 12-team Class 5A playoffs after finishing third in its own district.

Clovis finishes the regular season on Saturday at Artesia. Playoff seedings will be determined on Sunday in Albuquerque.

“It’ll be up to the selection and seeding committee,” CHS coach Shaun Gill. “If we didn’t win this one, we didn’t have a shot. By winning by a (relatively) wide margin, we have a shot.

“We need to win on Saturday at Artesia (to help their position).”

Trailing 1-0, Miranda assisted on a goal by senior midfielder Devin Aragon in the 53rd minute, then scored just over two minutes later off an assist by Angel Hernandez.

Hernandez made it 3-1 in the with just over 20 minutes left on a penalty kick. Hobbs’ Jacob Ray scored his second goal with 10:26 to go to pull the Eagles (15-5, 2-2 district) within a goal.

But Miranda’s second goal, about two minutes later on another assist by Hernandez made it 4-2. Jesus Loya tacked on the final tally in the last minute of play.

Senior Josh Bussen was credited with 10 saves in goal for the Wildcats (13-5-1, 1-3).