ARTESIA — Of itself, a two-goal loss isn’t necessarily that devestating.
When it comes against an opponent which has already lost 10-0 to each of your two district rivals, it takes on a little different feeling.
Clovis High girls soccer team got off to a slow start and counldn’t record in falling 4-2 to Artesia on Saturday.
Lady Wildcats coach Shane Leatherwood was disappointed, but gave credit to Artesia.
“You’ve got to tip your hat to them,” Leatherwood said. “They came out ready to play and beat us in every aspect of the game.”
Clovis (5-5) has played all but one of its matches this fall on the road, and Leatherwood wondered how much effect that might have had.
“I don’t know if we were just tired of traveling or what, but we couldn’t get our motors running,” he said.
The Lady Bulldogs (4-6) built a 3-0 lead in the first half. Clovis, in fact, didn’t score until the 68th minute when Stephenie Aguilar headed in a crossing pass from Airen Martin, making it 3-1.
With about six minutes left, Cynthia Madrid scored Clovis’ second goal on a penalty kick, but the Lady Cats were unable to get any closer.
The Lady Cats are slated to play their first two games at Leon Williams Stadium this week, hosting Roswell High at 6 p.m. on Tuesday and Roswell Goddard at 3 p.m. on Saturday.