Nikki Begay's hat trick helps Lady Broncos gallop past Rehoboth Christian
KIRTLAND — Isaiah Goodson had some accuracy issues for much of the Kirtland Central soccer team's game against Rehoboth Christian tonight.
But when it mattered most, and with fewer than 20 seconds to go in the second overtime, Goodson was right on target.
The speedy senior forward picked a nice time to finally make good on a shot attempt when he fought through members of the Rehoboth (7-5) defense and scored from nearly 10 feet out to lift the Broncos to the 2-1 win.
KC (3-2) had a flair for the dramatic tonight.
First, Destry Palmer scored with five minutes to go in regulation — after KC's offense looked lifeless for over 70 minutes — to tie the game at 1. Then, Goodson narrowly beat the clock to send the spectators at Bronco Stadium home happy.
KC coach Noel Camacho said Goodson has been a little wild with his shot this year, so it was good to see him come up big with the game on the line.
"(Goodson) dribbled around and finally found enough space to shoot on goal," Camacho said. "That's what he's been doing the whole game. It's just his shots have been a little bit off, a little bit wide, way hard or just not centered on frame. He does have a really good boot, but he's still a little uncontrolled."
The Lynx struck first with a goal after halftime by Tyler Arviso.
The Broncos attacked offensively but never really made Rehoboth goalie Allen West uncomfortable until the hosts were finally able to storm the net with 5:29 to go.
Palmer, a senior forward, found a loose ball on a scrum in front of the net and scored from in close.
"He just never gave up on the play," Camacho said of Palmer's goal. "The ball was being worked down the middle, then down to the wing and then cross to cross, and he never gave up on it. It just bounced right in front of him, and he was able to put it in."
As regulation turned into overtime, and overtime turned into a second overtime, Camacho said he kept preaching the same message.
"I told them they had to just play aggressive," he said. "You've got to be the first to the ball. You can't let them have the ball. That's what they were doing out there. They were working really hard to win the ball."
The Broncos hope to carry the momentum over to Saturday when they host Bayfield, Colo., (1-3-1) at 11 a.m.
Los Alamos 10, Bloomfield 0
Bloomfield (0-9-1) searched but still couldn't find its first win of the season today, and was instead blown out 10-0 by Los Alamos (8-3) on the road.
"Los Alamos is a quality team. They played for the 5A state championship last year," Bobcats coach Scott Reid said. "They exposed our inexperience."
Reid said he was proud of his boys for playing hard until the final whistle. He also said he doesn't see his team's collective desire to fight dying down soon.
"You always worry about kids putting their heads down, but our program has done a good job throughout the years of keeping kids hungry and fighting for wins," Reid said. "This year will be no different."
The Bobcats try again to get the monkey off their backs when they visit Aztec (2-6-1) for a Sept. 22 road match.
Kirtland Central 3, Rehoboth Christian 1
It was the Nikki Begay show today at Bronco Stadium.
The senior captain scored all three of her team's goals as KC defeated Rehoboth Christian 3-1.
The one goal scored by the Lady Lynx was actually scored by the Lady Broncos (3-4), when one of the KC defenders tried to clear a ball off the line in a 1-0 game and wound up whiffing it into her own net.
Offensively, KC was too bunched up at times against the lowly Lady Lynx (1-6-1), but there were other times when they showed flashes of brilliance, according to coach Chad Kimball, in moving the ball effectively to create Begay's scoring opportunities.
Already up 2-1, KC found breathing room with a little more than eight minutes remaining in the game when Begay notched the hat trick.
The Lady Broncos have been slowed by a learning curve, according to Kimball, but the team is slowly turning a corner. He said he's hopeful his players can keep improving on Saturday when KC heads to Taos (4-1-1) to tangle with the Lady Tigers.
"We're making huge strides right now, and we're looking to continue that," Kimball said. "We're looking at Taos, and they're definitely a beatable team. If we play our game, we can hopefully get back up to .500 this weekend."
Los Alamos 6, Bloomfield 0
The Lady Bobcats suffered the same fate as Bloomfield's boys tonight, which was a lopsided shutout loss on the road at the hands of Los Alamos.
Bloomfield had won four straight games before the Lady Hilltoppers (8-2) pulled off the rout.
The Lady Bobcats (6-4) have been shut out in all four of their losses this season.
Bloomfield coach Shannon Nygren could not be reached for comment after tonight's game.
Bloomfield is back at it on Tuesday in a 4 p.m. home game against Miyamura (1-8).
Jake Newby covers sports for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4577.