CARLSBAD — The Clovis High boys soccer team showed Tuesday’s 4-1 District 4-5A win over Carlsbad was no fluke.
Saturday, they beat the Cavemen by the same score, clinching what is believed to be the Wildcats’ first postseason berth in about 10 years — since they won a large-school state title in 1998.
Senior Izzy Miranda put the Cats (9-9, 2-1 district) in front with two second half goals, the first a header off a corner kick by Alejandro Rascon and the latter on the rebound of his own shot off Carlsbad goalkeeper Frankie Johnson.
“Izzy opened up the floodgates, and everything just happened from there,” CHS boys coach Greg Trujillo said.
Devon Ammons headed in a corner kick from Daniel Rojas in the 27th minute, giving Clovis a 1-0 lead at halftime. The Cavemen (8-11, 0-3) tied in on a breakaway goal by Tyler Fritz about 10 minutes into the second half.
Senior Baron Fillpot added the final goal for the Cats in the final moments.
Because they are guaranteed second place in their three-team district, the Cats have earned a trip to the Class 5A state playoffs.
“We had intensity today, defensively and offensively,” Trujillo said. “We really came together today.”
In the junior varsity preliminary, the teams battled to a 2-2 tie. Isaiah Rose scored on a penalty kick and Julian Gomez tallied on an assist from Jesus Madrid for the Cats.
Clovis steps outside district play for a 5 p.m. match against Mayfield on Tuesday at Las Cruces, then will try to force a tie for the district title in a 4 p.m. match on Friday at Hobbs.