CHS GIRLS SOCCER: Lady Rockets fire past Clovis

Clovis High’s Jordan Garrett, left, battles for the ball as Roswell Goddard’s China Rose falls to the ground during Saturday’s girls match at Yucca Soccer Complex. (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle)

By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent

Visiting Roswell Goddard may have dominated play against Clovis in the first ten minutes of a girls soccer match on Saturday, but that’s not when the scoring took place.

Oddly, it was after the game settled into a more even battle that the Lady Rockets tallied all of their goals in a 4-0 victory at Yucca Soccer Complex.

In fact, it was two very short scoring spurts that provided Goddard (7-7) all it would need for the win.

In a 40-second span toward the end of the first half, the Rockets got their first two tallies — from Amanda McCracken and Natasha Suri — for a 2-0 lead.

McCracken and Suri, in the same order, again struck for scores midway through the second half. This time, the goals were scored less than 90 seconds apart.

“We have trouble finishing off sometimes. We get ’em in spurts once we get it going,” Goddard coach Betty Elizondo said. “I really thought it was going to be a little closer (of a) game.”

Goddard ripped off the first nine shots of the game and had one apparent goal waved off due to an offsides penalty. Clovis (4-5-2) got its first shot of the afternoon when a Lora Esquivel attempt missed 13 minutes into the game.

“I really thought we were going to come out ready to play,” Clovis coach Shane Leatherwood said. “They’re a big team and very athletic and I think it caught us by surprise a little bit.”

The first goal of the game when McCracken launched a left-footed shot, from 30 yards out, high into the Lady Cats’ net with 11:37 remaining before intermission. At 10:57, the clock stopped again when Suri gathered a pass from China Rose and sent a close-range shot past Clovis’ keeper Brittni Jiminez.

“We have 12 girls and, unfortunately, one was out (for disciplinary reasons) and two were injured,” said Leatherwood, who started the game without injured sophomore Stephenie Aguilar and then saw fellow soph Linda Martinez sprain an ankle during the contest. “I went with two freshmen in the fullback area.”

“Maybe, by Tuesday, we’ve got them again and we’ll be full-squaded hopefully,” Leatherwood said. “If we’re full-squaded, we’ll give them a better game.”