Wildcats split pair of matches in Las Cruces tourney

LAS CRUCES — The Clovis High girls soccer team waited until the last minute on Friday, but it was worth it.

Junior Carrie Sharp took a throw-in from senior Jenna Sievers with about a minute left in regulation to score the tying goal, then the roles were reversed near the end of the second overtime as Sievers scored the game-winner for a 2-1 victory over Mayfield in the quarterfinals of an eight-team tournament hosted by the Trojans.

Later, the Lady Wildcats lost to District 4-5A rival Hobbs 3-1 in a semifinal match, and will face either Las Cruces High or Roswell Goddard for third place at 11 a.m. today.

Sharp found Sievers with a through ball with about two minutes left in the second OT and she scored when Trojans goalkeeper Rian Nials came up to challenge her.

CHS coach Traci Sievers said the Lady Cats were a bit motivated by the fact they were playing the host team.

"It was pretty much their choice to play us, and I think the girls used that for motivation," she said. "Mayfield was picked to win their district this year."

In the later match, Hobbs scored twice in the final 15 minutes to advance to today's championship.

Jenna Sievers put CHS ahead inside the first three minutes on assists from Sharp and junior Savannah Dosher, but the Lady Cats couldn't get much else going.

Senior forward Melaya Floyes, nursing a knee injury did not play for the Lady Cats while senior goalkeeper Michala Ingram came out after tweaking her knee midway through the second half. Traci Sievers said she hoped Ingram was able to play in today's match.

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