ANTHONY, N.M. –The Gadsden High Panthers gave a little payback to the Deming High Wildcats in District 3-5A soccer on Thursday. In their first match back on Aug. 28, Deming pulled off a 3-0 victory. This time, the Panthers turned the tables and used an overtime period to defeat the ‘Cats 2-1 and hand them their first match loss of the season.
“It was a tough week,” said DHS Coach Jesse Kriegel. “Due to a shortage of officials we had a match moved to Wednesday and had to turn right around, get on a bus and play at Gadsden on Thursday. That’s tough to do in our district. Honestly, we just were not ready to play mentally and a little beat up.”
The Panthers are front runners in the District 3-5A at 2-0. They stand 4-3-1 overall. Deming now sits at 1-1 and 8-1-1 overall.
After a scoreless first half, the Panthers scored 10 minutes into the second half on a rebound from a corner kick.
Deming knotted the score with 10 minutes left in the match at 1-1.
Gadsden found the winning goal in overtime off a header from a corner kick.
The ‘Cats were looking to keep pace with Gadsden in the district and improve on a 3-0 home record when they hosted the Alamogordo High Tigers at 7 p.m. on Tuesday at the DHS Soccer Field. The Tigers entered Tuesday’s district match at 0-2 in league play and 4-4 overall.
“We knew we would be tested in this district,” Kriegel said of absorbing the first loss through 10 matches. “Maybe we needed a match like this to refocus and not stay comfortable.”
Senior captain and goal keeper Alejandro Chavez was named Wildcat of the week for his outstanding play in-goal last week. Chavez turned away 14 shots over a two-match span and was a vocal leader on the field.
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