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Cavegirls top Clovis 1-0 to grab District 4A leadBy Don EskinsAfter playing two scoreless periods and another in overtime, Cavegirl AllieMyers, on an assist fromAlexa Dugan, booted the ball in the net to give Carlsbad High a 1-0 double over-time victory over the Clovis Wildcats at Ralph Bowyer Caveman Stadium on Tuesday (Oct. 12).The win vaulted Carlsbad High, ranked 3rd in Class 5A this week by Maxpreps, into sole possession of first place in this year's tough District 4A.Carlsbad, after having lost to the Wildcats 2-1 earlier this year, and Clovis both entered Tuesday's match with identical 2-1 conference records. However, by virtue of their earlier victory over the Cavegirls, Clovis sat on the top spot in District 4A play.Realistically, for the Cavegirls to have a shot at winning this year's conference championship, they needed a win over the Wildcats. On Tuesday, although it wasn't very pretty, they got it."We don't match up very well with Clovis. It's like they're our matchup nemesis," said Cavegirl head coach Misty Long. "They frustrated and took us out of our comfort zone throughout most of the game. But the bottom line is that our girls didn't back off and found a way to win and that's really all that matters.""Because of their effort we're sitting in a good spot as the final week of district play gets here," said Long. "They got it done and I'm really proud of them for that."District title and more at stake this weekWhile just who will win this year's District 4A soccer title may still be uncertain, one thing is, the Cavegirls at 3-1 are clearly in the drivers seat. But not by much.Still hanging around, and hoping to unseat the defending two time District 4A champions are the Hobbs Eagles and Clovis Wildcats, both at 2-2 and just one game back. Two games back, at 1-3, are the Roswell Coyotes.However only Roswell High and Hobbs now stand in the way of a District 4A three-peat championship for the Cavegirls."We'll definitely need to be ready to play inRoswell. We beat them 4-0 earlier this year but they really are a very good team with some impressive wins on their resume," said Long. "They can play."

Roswell will enter Saturday's game at 10-8. They are currently ranked 16th among Class 5A schools.Carlsbad High will close out this year's district play at home, on Thursday Oct. 21, against the Hobbs Eagles. The 5th ranked Eagles are 12-2-1 on the year."We were able to break them down en route to our 4-1 win in Hobbs last week," said Long. "But after falling to Roswell earlier this year, and then us, they were able to bounce back to defeat the Clovis Wildcats 2-0 on the road. Their win over Clovis really helped us out to.""But they are the Eagles and they're on the rebound," she said. "We expect to see them at their best."While the Cavegirls can't afford to get caught looking too far ahead, the next few days without a doubt, will be among the most important days on thier 2021 schedule."With a win over the Coyotes on Saturday, and a victory over the Hobbs Eagles at home on Thursday, our girls can win this year's District 4A title," said the Cavegirl head coach."But while winning district is our ultimate goal, our next two games are also very important to us for another reason," said Long. "We also want to secure a good seed at this year's state tournament. In order to do that we need to win out.""Our girls all realize just what's at stake here," she said. "They also understand, that in order for us to win out, they can't be looking too far ahead. They'll have to do it one game at a time starting in Roswell on Saturday."Summed the Cavegirl coach."We now have the keys to our own destiny," said Long. "We just need to focus moreon who we are, what we need to do and not so much on Roswell or Hobbs."Cavegirl RecapsOct. 12-Cavegirls 1, Clovis 0 CHS: Allie Myers 1G, Alexa Dugan 1A.Oct. 5-Cavegirls 4, Hobbs 1: CHS: Alexa Dugan 1G-2A, Jessica Munro 1G-1A, Allie Myers 2 G. GK Korrine Bradford 6 Saves.District 4A StandingsTeamDistrictSeasonCarlsbad3-1 17-1-0Hobbs2-213-2-1Clovis2-2 12-3-1

Roswell1-310-8-0This Week's SlateSaturday Oct. 16Carlsbad @ Roswell 1 p.m.Clovis @ Hobbs 2 p.m.Thursday Oct. 21Carlsbad vs Hobbs 6 p.m.Clovis vs Roswell 6 p.m.Cavemen fall 2-0 to ClovisScoring problems continue to plague the Cavemen soccer team. On Tuesday (Oct. 12), despite holding the Clovis Wildcats to just two goals, the Cavemen fell once again in District 4A play, 2-0.The lossdrops the Cavemen to 0-4 in conference play and 3-15 on the year.The question now is, with only two games left on their schedule, will the young Cavemen be able to pick up a district win this year.In the first, of their two remaining games, Carlsbad will host the 10-6-1 Roswell Coyotes on Saturday (Oct. 1) at 1 p.m. in Ralph Bowyer Caveman Stadium. The Coyotes are 3-1 in District 4A play and 11th in Class 5A.The Cavemen will close out conference play on Thursday (Oct. 21) in Hobbs. The Eagles, ranked 6th in Class 5A, are 13-4 on the year and 3-1 in district. (All stats thru Oct. 15)

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