Tech Sweeps Sports Tripleheader On Saturday

SOCORRO, N.M. September 21, 2010 -- New Mexico Tech's sports tripleheader went off in grand fashion Saturday.
Amy Reed dribbles around a United World College defender in Socorro Saturday. Tech’s Minerettes walloped UWC 8-0.
James Chavez of Tech drives forward on a trick lineout play as Justin Long of the Clovis Nomads reacts to the deception. Running in support of the ball (at right) is Graham Payne. Tech scored a comeback 34-22 win in Socorro Satuarday.

The women's soccer, men's soccer and men's rugby clubs all registered victories. It was the first day in school history the three clubs had all been in action on their home pitches. 

The Minerettes kicked off the action at 10 a.m., paired against United World College of Las Vegas, N.M. The visitors proved no match for the steadily improving Tech women, who dominated from the get-go on their way to a 9-0 rout. Getting in on the scoring feast were Amy Reed, Megan Roseborough, Naomi Sasso, Claire Honeyfield and Jacqui Wise.

The Minerettes carried the flame to Albuquerque the following day, where they blitzed the Godzilla team 11-0 in a regularly-scheduled Albuquerque Soccer League match. Tech's women roundballers now stand 3-0 for the young season.

Things went only slightly better for the UWC men in the men's showdown at high noon, as the Miners ran roughshod over their UWC opponents by a 5-2 score. The visitors kept it close for the first 35 minutes, until the Miners' Robert Hernandez neatly slipped a goal past the keeper into the far post. Hernandez' goal ignited Tech's attack and for the remainder of the first half and ten minutes into the second, the Miners scored three more goals to UWC's one. Each team added one more goal over the remainder of the match to account for the final margin. Hernandez and Mahmood Shittu each bagged two goals while Calvin Santisteven chipped in another.

The Miners, who scored an historic 5-2 home victory over New Mexico State University on September 5, will carry their 2-2 season record to Tucson and Phoenix this weekend for a challenging weekend of soccer against the University of Arizona and Arizona State University.

In the day's concluding contest, the Pygmy Rugby Club battled through temperatures in the 90s for a come-from-behind 34-22 victory over the Clovis Nomads. Clovis led until the 70th minute, when Brock Romero scooped up a tipped ball and touched down a five-point try which put Tech in front 22-17 after Dustin Webb’s conversion kick. The Nomads stormed back within two minutes to tie the match, but young legs and a deep bench won out in the end as the Pygmies put two more tries on the board in the final eight minutes. Tech's five tries were scored by James Fallt, Isaiah Sanchez, Romero, Webb and Jacob Smith. Royce Beaudry notched a three-point penalty kick while Webb kicked two conversions and Fallt one.

After three weekends of play including one tournament, the Pygmies' record stands at 2 wins and 3 losses. A change of dates for the 30th Annual Northern Arizona Tens tournament, now set for October 9-10, suggests Tech's ruggers may need to rely on intrasquad competition for improvement in the interim. The Pygmies are the defending Northern Arizona 10s collegiate champions.

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By Dave Wheelock/New Mexico Tech