The Portales Ram and Lady Ram soccer squads are still a work in progress, and according to their coaches, they’re getting better with every game.
The Portales boys and girls were swept Tuesday at Robertson, with both teams losing 3-0.
The Rams fell behind early, giving up a goal in the first 10 minutes of the game, but tightened up their defense for the rest of the half.
The Cardinals scored two insurance goals late in the second half.
“They played good,” first-year Ram head coach Jonathan Smith said. “We were much more intense, they were moving to the ball better. We saw a lot of good things after Saturday.”
On Saturday, the Rams were beaten by St. Michael’s 10-0 in a mercy-rule shortened game.
“They did a good job, and they kept up (the intensity) the whole game,” Smith said.
The Portales girls also lost Tuesday 3-0.
“Defensively we played a lot better,” Lady Ram head coach Traci Sievers said. “Offensively we had a few shots, but overall, (Robertson) was really quick. It was just hard to get good shots off.”
Sievers said the field in Las Vegas was much faster than the field at Portales.
“The field we played on was a real fast field,” Sievers said. “And there was a real strong wind. It was a little faster than what we’re used to playing.”
The Lady Rams host the Roswell junior varsity Thursday afternoon at the PHS soccer pitch, while the Lady Rams and the Rams resume district action Sept. 16 at St. Michael’s.
The St. Michael’s Lady Horsemen defeated the Portales girls in the district opener on Saturday 9-0.