Colt soccer gets NMMI’s first win of new school year

NMMI Sports Press

The Colt boys’ varsity soccer team kicked off NMMI’s fall athletic campaign by dominating Ruidoso at home, 5-1.

The Institute needed just over six minutes to get on the scoreboard, beginning with a goal by new-to-NMMI sophomore Jordany Bayonne-Kenol, off an assist by veteran junior Andres Bleizeffer.

Ruidoso tied the score 1-1 with a penalty kick  at the 19-minute mark, but less than a minute later the Colts were back on top, Luis Tzintzun with the cross  to Francisco Vazquez for the kick and score.

That’s all the points NMMI would need for the win, but they kept the offensive pressure on in the second half, breaking through the Warrior defense thrice more: Bayonne-Kenol got his second score with 22 minutes left; Francisco Perez hit net with a little over 4 minutes remaining; and Vazquez got his second goal on an assist from the sole female on the Colt team, Miranda Garcia, with less than 2  minutes remaining to play.

“It’s always great to get a win in your first game and start things off on the right foot,” said head coach John Barbour. “We’re still trying to learn each other’s names and figure everyone out, so coming away with a win today is a good thing, but we’ve got a lot to work on.”

“We put five balls into the back of the net, so we were able to finish at times, but we had a lot of shots on goal,” continued the coach. “That’s also a positive, but we were out of position at times, and could have done better to capitalize on cross kicks and set plays such as corner kicks.”

Barbour also said his team needs a lot of work on the defensive side of the ball, but he’s glad they’ve got a full week of practice before their next match, against Portales at home at 3 pm on Saturday. Aug. 25th.