Jags can’t cash in; lose 2-1 to Pats in OT


After the Miyamura High boys soccer team handed the Valencia Jaguars a 2-1 overtime loss at VHS on Saturday, Jag coach Eric Gutierrez praised his opponents.
However, he also held his own team accountable.
“We lost this game,” said Gutierrez after his squad blew many offensive opportunities in the frustrating District 6-4A loss. The defeat made Valencia, 6-7 overall and 3-4 in 6-4A going into Tuesday’s home district match against Grants, set for after News-Bulletin press time.
The Jaguars are set to host Bernalillo for a 4 p.m. non-district match Thursday and to play a District 6-4A contest at Grants at 11 a.m. Saturday. Their regular-season finale is set for Tuesday, Oct. 23 at home against Los Lunas High.
Saturday’s outcome made Miyamura 11-3 overall and 6-1 in district. Wins by the Patriots and Los Lunas on Tuesday would set up a Miyamura match this Saturday at LLHS that could determine the 6-4A champion.
The intense match-up between Miyamura and Valencia seemed just as brutal and physical as the Jags’ 3-2 loss to the Patriots in Gallup on Sept. 25. Both teams were laying it on the line to score.
Several players suffered at least minor injuries. One VHS player, Rodney Bernard, had to leave the match to treat what looked like a bleeding head wound.
The host Jaguars seemed to be getting more promising runs, and they cashed in on one. Molina scored in the 30th minute to put Valencia up 1-0.
However, John Kolb of the Patriots, evened the score 1-1 with a goal just before halftime.
Neither team would score again in regulation. The Jaguars had many chances to get the winning goal, said Gutierrez.
Perhaps the most frustrating misfires were the second-half penalty kicks awarded to the Jags. Molina and Josh Otero each took one, but neither went in.
Gutierrez said the Jaguars also had three 1-on-1 chances against Patriot goalkeeper Jared Payton, but couldn’t score.
In the overtime period, the Jags generated some offensive pressure initially. But Miyamura likes to kick the ball far downfield and chase it down, hoping its opponent makes a mistake, and that’s exactly what happened.
The Patriots kept the ball in the Jag end of the field for a couple of minutes. At least five Jaguars had a touch on the ball on the final sequence, which ended with Alex Gutierrez poking in the sudden-death goal in the 85th minute of the match.
There were five yellow cards issued in the fiery contest — three to Patriot players, and one each to Alan Ramirez and Josh Otero of the Jags.
Jaguar senior Diego Sanchez didn’t play in Saturday’s match due to a personal engagement.
Gutierrez said he may have lost talented sophomore Gavin Sharpe for the season due to a head injury, though the coach said there it does not seem to be from a one single collision at a practice or a match.
The Jaguars might need to win the rest of their matches in order to make the playoffs. Last year, only the district’s champion made it into the state tourney.

NOTE: Due to space limitations, this story could not be included in our regular Oct. 17 paper. It is available exclusively on news-bulletin.com.

Saturday, Oct. 13
Miyamura 1 0 1—2
Valencia    1 0 0—1
Scoring: V, 30th, Joel Medina; M, 39th, John Kolb; M, 85th, Alex Gutierrez. Shots on goal: M 5, V 4. Saves: M, Jared Payton 3; V, Jose Gonzalez 3. Corner kicks: V 4; M 2. Rec.: M 11-3, 6-1 6-4A; V 6-7 3-4. Yellow cards: M 3, V 2 (Alan Ramirez, Christian Garcia).

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