Clovis freshman Taisha Bosque handles a pass as Santa Fe Prep's Ziggy Lanman defends on the play.
Shane Leatherwood said his team was trying to do the right thing. It just didn’t turn out well.
With the match scoreless, Santa Fe Prep’s Ali McKenzie fired a shot from about 25 yards out that found the back of the net with just over 10 minutes left on Saturday, giving the Griffins a 1-0 victory over Clovis High in girls soccer at Yucca Complex.
Leatherwood said goalkeeper Celsey Eldridge was in position to make the play, but a deflection off a teammate changed the direction of the ball just enough to let it get in.
“Celsey had it lined up, but our defender got a hand on it,” said Leatherwood, whose team dropped to 2-7 for the season. “She was trying to do the right thing. It just turned out wrong.”
Clovis finished the match with nine shots to five for Santa Fe Prep.
Clovis had a chance to score in the first half when Taisha Bosque crossed the ball to Stephanie Aguilar, but the shot was saved by the Santa Fe Prep keeper.
In the second half, Audrey Rodela appeared to give the Lady Cats the lead, but her goal was disallowed when she was called for offsides.
“We had a couple of good oppportunities,” Leatherwood said. “They (Griffins) did a good job of crowding the middle when we took a shot.
“They were a tough team as far as ‘winning’ the ball. They weren’t afraid to get their bodies in front of it.”
Clovis took the junior varsity preliminary from the Griffins 10-0, getting three goals and three assists from junior Caitlyn Barnett. Rodela and Gladys Miranda added two goals apiece for the Lady Cats, while Airen Martin, Kelsey Foster and Kayla Merritt each added a goal.
The Lady Cats return to action on Tuesday, hosting Artesia in a 6 p.m. contest at Yucca Complex.