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Defending 1A-3A Champ Bobcats triumph

Constant pressure from Bosque School subdues Clovis

Fans may have heard of Bosque School before, but the beginning of 2009 season brings a whole new level of awareness around the New Mexico prep soccer community. That’s because the Bobcats claimed their first girls state championship a year ago and, on Friday, returned the vast majority of that squad to begin a new campaign.

The Bobcats started the year successfully by shutting out Clovis in the quarterfinals of the Artesia girls soccer tournament.

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At the Mack Chase Athletic Complex, Bosque School (1-0) applied pressure on the Wildcats goal throughout the game and it paid off with a couple of quick goals midway through the first half. With 20:41 remaining before intermission, Bosque’s Kenzie King connected on a shot for the first score of the game.

Less than a minute later, Bobcats’ senior Marissa Martinez tallied a goal from the right side and Clovis (0-1) suddenly found itself by a couple of goals.

Of the 15 members of the Bosque varsity squad, 13 are seniors or juniors. And the vast majority were on the squad that earned the school’s first Class 1A-3A state crown a year ago.

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“I think people will be gunning for us this year, but I think we have a great team and can do the same thing we did last year,” said Martinez, who sliced a shot into the net midway through the second half for a 3-0 lead.

“We lost three seniors, but I think we’ve got players to fill their spots,” she added. “I think we needed to finish a little more today. But, for a first game, I think we did well.”

The scoring for Bosque School was capped when Samantha Sheppard got the ball into the net with 3:59 remaining in the contest.

“I think what happens, when you win a championship, people take note and everybody really wants to well against someone who’s won one,” Bobcats’ coach Ed Cole said. “For us, it means we have to work twice as hard and be twice the team we were last year.

“I was looking for a little higher pace today, a little higher tempo,” Cole added. “When we moved Ty (Marquez) back to an offensive midfielder, she just seemed to perk them up and get the tempo up.”

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Clovis had a pair of decent offensive scoring opportunites from junior Taisha Bosque, but other chances were limited. In fact, it was Wildcats’ ninth-grade goalie Michala Ingram who saw the most action in chasing down Bosque School shots.

“We knew, going into it, that we were going to have to tighten up our defense a little bit,” Clovis coach Shane Leatherwood said. “Of course, I’ve got an eighth-grader, a freshman and a sophomore running my midfield as opposed to their seniors and juniors.

“Still, it’s a great learning experience and I think this team is very comparable to the teams in our district (Carlsbad, Hobbs),” Leatherwood added. “I thought we hung with them pretty good.”

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