Clovis junior Stephanie Aguilar advances the ball downfield during Tuesday’s District 4-5A girls soccer match against Carlsbad at Yucca Complex.
Clovis High girls soccer coach Shane Leatherwood thought his team played well on defense for the most part in Tuesday’s District 4-5A match against Carlsbad.
The Lady Wildcats struggled so much to score, though, it didn’t make a lot of difference.
The Cavegirls scored four times in a span of less than 20 minutes in the second half to seal a 5-0 District 4-5A victory over CHS at Yucca Complex.
For its part, Clovis had few scoring opportunities. The Lady Cats (5-11, 0-2 district) managed only one shot on goal.
“If you can’t get anything going on offense, it doesn’t matter how many goals you give up,” Leatherwood said. “We wanted to win so bad, I think we played not to lose.”
Junior midfielder Sarah McCrory had two goals while senior Morgan McGuire and eighth-grader Jordan Longoria each added a goal and an assist for the Cavegirls (12-6, 1-1), who like Clovis, were coming off a loss to Hobbs last week.
“The girls worked hard in practice,” said Carlsbad assistant Amanda Lopez, who filled with her brother, head coach Gabriel Lopez, sitting this one out after getting a red card against Hobbs. “We needed to finish our shots and, luckily, today we did.”
Senior goalkeeper Celsey Eldridge had nine saves, and helped keep Clovis in striking distance well into the second half. But a shot deflected off her hands on a diving save in the 56th minute, and McCrory punched the rebound into an open net for a 2-0 Cavegirls lead.
McCrory scored again about eight minutes later on a header from about 10 yards, and the floodgates were opened.
“The second half, they settled down a lot more,” Lopez said of her players. “Our passing was a lot better.”
The Cavegirls controlled the ball much of the first half, but appeared to rush their shots at times. Freshman forward Mika Willis punched in a loose ball from in front off a Carlsbad corner kick for the only goal of the half.
“We just got flat dominated today,” Leatherwood said. “We didn’t pass the ball very well.”
Carlsbad defeated the Lady Cats 2-0 in the junior varsity preliminary.