The Runners Crumble the Rumble, Win 11-5

by Andres Trujillo

Denver, CO (December 14, 2019) – This season has started strong for the New Mexico Runners as they take down the Colorado Rumble in commanding fashion by a score of 11-5. This marks the first road win of the season and improves their record to 2-0.

The meet up between the Runners and the Rumble was a ping pong match with New Mexico drawing first blood on Forward Jaime Rodriguez’s laser with 10:52 remaining in the 1st quarter. The Rumble would equalize the score, but not for very long as Luis Fernando Martinez forces a chip shot to take the lead at about the 8 minute mark. The 1st quarter ended on a 2-2 score with both teams playing a strong defense.

It was a slow start for New Mexico in the 2nd quarter as Colorado took a 2 point lead early and held it for the majority of the quarter. The scoreless quarter became a double tap for the Runners with Martinez completing a hat trick to close out the half with a 4-4 score.

A defender was on tap for goals in the third quarter as Defender Seth Gordon came through on a laser focused goal. It wouldn’t be his only goal as 3 minutes later he completed another with an assist from Chiva to give the Runners a 6-5 lead at the end of the 3rd.

Gordon wasn’t done as he accomplished a hat trick early in the 4th quarter taking a 7-5 lead over Colorado. The Runners continued to keep the foot on the gas as Martinez scored his fourth on a twisted kick and 9:12 remaining in the game. Martinez continued to put on a clinic as he went on to score 6 goals on the night. Newcomer Luis Rodriguez added to the mix with a single goal.

The Runners went on to defeat the Colorado Rumble 11-5 and move to a record of 2-0 on the season.

New Mexico will continue the Colorado road trip and face the Colorado Inferno on Sunday at 3 PM at the SoccerHaus. The game will be live streamed on Facebook live. The Runners return home on Saturday December 21st at 5 PM at the Santa Ana Star Center.

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