Published: 4:25 pm, Sun. Oct. 8th, 2017Updated: 4:22 pm
There’s their overall record to this point: 13-4 after Saturday’s 12-2, mercy-rule win over Lovington. Then their district record: 3-0 through the first round of District 4-AAAAA, made more impressive by the fact all three games were played on the road.
While school records for the program aren’t meticulously kept, the squad’s number of goals in a season – 45 through Saturday – is no doubt a new record, and senior Elisa Cardenas quite likely set another for goals in a single game vs. the Lady Wildcats with seven.
They kicked off the year with their first-ever overall victory at the Goddard Invitational. They’re ranked in the top 10 in Class 5A at No. 8, one spot ahead of Roswell High.
Now, with their fate firmly in their control, there’s another first the girls in orange would like to add to that list: a district championship.
The Lady Bulldogs have never come out on top in D4 play, but they looked like a team well on their way Saturday in Lovington.
Firing shots on goal left, right and center, the Lady ‘Dogs were able to connect on their 12th with around 10 minutes to go in the game, ending the bout by way of the 10-point mercy rule, 12-2. Cardenas accounted for the bulk of those with her seven, followed by freshman Sadi Butler with three, and eighth-grader Zailor Lopez with two.
“It’s kind of hard to gauge in a game like that how well you played,” head coach Tim Trentham said Saturday. “Giving up those two goals defensively was kind of frustrating, but the girl who created those for Lovington is a really good player; she’s got a lot of speed, good ball handling.
“But I thought we controlled the ball well, I thought we passed well, and once we realized they couldn’t really do anything to stop our speed up top, everybody just kept looking to set up Elisa and Sadi, and (Lovington) just couldn’t do much about it.”
Capping off their three-game district road trip with a sweep was a significant accomplishment for the Lady Bulldogs and means the pressure will be on Goddard, Roswell High and Lovington when they make their way to The Mack over the course of the seven days that begin Tuesday with the Rockets at 6 p.m.
“At this point, it looks like the Roswell game will be the one that decides district, because they’re taking care of business on their end, too,” said Trentham. “We just have to defend our home field and we’ll be fine.”
To do that, Trentham says his athletes will need to maintain their focus and leave nothing to chance.
“Ever since this season really started unfolding, it seems like one of those seasons of destiny,” said the coach. “We just have to have that goal in mind, understand what’s at stake, and understand how special this year is. We can’t take any game lightly from here on out, because in order to achieve great things, you have to work for it. They don’t just fall in your lap, so we’re going to keep going hard in every game and see what happens.
“It’s all definitely got the girls excited to play.”
The Lady Bulldogs also hope to see a healthy contingent of fans on hand Oct. 10, 14 and 17 to get behind them in their quest for a district crown.
“We’d like to see the fans come out and support us,” said Trentham. “These next couple of games are huge, and it’s a great opportunity to see our girls do some great things.
“We’d love to have everybody out to cheer us on to, hopefully, a district championship.”