Friday, September 24, 2010

New Mexico Tech Teams Register Wins in Tripleheader

Mountain Mail Reports

New Mexico Tech's sports tripleheader went off in grand fashion Saturday as the women's soccer, men's soccer, and men's rugby clubs all registered victories. It was the first day in school history the three clubs had all been in action on their home pitches. 
The Minerettes kicked off the action at 10:00, paired against United World College of Las Vegas, New Mexico. The visitors proved no match for the steadily improving Tech women, who dominated from the get-go on their way to a 9-0 rout.
Getting in on the scoring feast were Amy Reed, Megan Roseborough, Naomi Sasso, Claire Honeyfield, and Jacqui Wise.
The Minerettes carried the flame to Albuquerque the following day, where they blitzed the Godzilla team 11-0 in a regularly-scheduled Albuquerque Soccer League match. Tech's women roundballers now stand 3-0 for the young season.
Things went only slightly better for the UWC men in the men's showdown at high noon, as the Miners ran roughshod over their UWC opponents by a 5-2 score. The visitors kept it close for the first 35 minutes, until the Miners' Robert Hernandez neatly slipped a goal past the keeper into the far post.
 Hernandez's goal ignited Tech's attack and for the remainder of the first half and ten minutes into the second, the Miners scored three more goals to UWC's one. Each team added one more goal over the remainder of the match to account for the final margin. Hernandez and Mahmood Shittu each bagged two goals while Calvin Santisteven chipped in another.
The Miners, who scored an historic 5-2 home victory over New Mexico State University on September 5, will carry their 2-2 season record to Tucson and Phoenix next weekend for a challenging weekend of soccer against the University of Arizona and Arizona State University.
In the day's concluding contest, the Pygmies of the NMT Rugby Club battled through temperatures in the 90s for a come from behind 34-22 victory over the Clovis Nomads.
Clovis led all the way up to the 70th minute, when Brock Romero scooped up a tipped ball and touched down a five-point try which when converted by Dustin Webb put Tech in front 22-17. The Nomads stormed back within two minutes to tie the match, but young legs and a deep bench won out in the end as the Pygmies put two more tries on the board in the final eight minutes.
Tech's five tries were scored by James Fallt, Isaiah Sanchez, Romero, Dustin Webb, and Jacob Smith. Royce Beaudry notched a three-point penalty kick while Webb kicked two conversions and Fallt one.
After three weekends of play including one tournament, the Pygmies' record stands at 2 wins and 3 losses. A change of dates for the 30th Annual Northern Arizona Tens tournament, now set for October 9-10, suggests Tech's ruggers may need to rely on intrasquad competition for improvement in the interim.
The Pygmies are defending NA 10s collegiate champions.

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