Cavegirls open 2009-10 prep slate with win

Thai Ramirez tallies two goals in victory over Los Lunas


Experience, quickness and some deft passing worked in the favor of the Carlsbad Cavegirls on Thursday as the 2009-10 New Mexico high school sports schedule opened with the Artesia Girls Soccer Tournament.


At the Mack Chase Sports Complex, the Cavegirls beat Los Lunas 3-1 to earn their way into the semifinals of the “A” invitational.

Los Lunas (0-1) jumped on top early when junior Bailey Ryan broke loose for a goal 11 minutes into the contest.

But it took less than five minutes for Carlsbad (1-0) to respond.

Sophomore Thai Ramirez found the net with 24:16 left in the first half for a 1-1 tie.

Another five minutes went by and the Cavegirls had the lead as a nice move by senior captain Missy Marshall, penetrating to the area 20 yards in front of the Los Lunas goal, gave Ramirez another opportunity.

The Carlsbad sophomore didn’t miss as the Cavegirls went ahead.

“We all have a lot of chemistry and know how to work with each other; we communicate,” Marshall said. “We’re gonna get a lot better though.”

Marshall could be heard on the sideline joking about how she missed her own goal-scoring opportunities, but Carlsbad coach Misty Long said that her senior’s ability with the ball – dribbling and passing – made her an essential part of the Cavegirls’ offense.



“She can pass the ball and that’s why we’ve got her up top in the center. We had her at midfield last year, but we need a little more dynamic play up top,” Long said. “Obviousy, she showed it today. She gets a little frustrated sometimes because she want to be at end-of-the-season form. She wants to be perfect and it’s not going to happen right now.”

Marshall also set up the last goal of the game as a nice pass led teammate Jade Branson to the ball and to an open spot on the left side of the Los Lunas goal. Branson made a good move to get by a Tigers’ defender and got a clean shot in with 21 minutes left in the game.

 Last season, Carlsbad finished with a 16-5 record with a team that had only one senior as a regular.


“You know, the thing about Carlsbad is that we’re known for softball and a lot of my players are softball players,” Long said. “We’re going to use our athleticism to our advantage. We can play a little soccer.”

The Tigers start the current season minus seven starters from the 2008 varsity team who graduated.

“We got a little tired. Conditioning is something that develops as the season goes on, so I think that will get better,” Los Lunas coach James Torres said.  “I think we were prettily evenly matched with our skills and speed out there on the field. But they were able to finish two more goals in front of the net and that was the difference.”

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