The Carlsbad Cavemen soccer team has not had a winning season in six years. This year Carlsbad looks to turnaround losing fortunes during the season opener Aug. 25 in Las Cruces.
Here is an analysis of teams on the Cavemen’s 2023 schedule.
Aug. 25 Carlsbad at Organ Mountain
The Cavemen were swept twice in 2022 by the Knights, 5-0 in Carlsbad and 4-1 in Las Cruces.
Aug. 26 Carlsbad at Las Cruces High School
The Cavemen swept the Bulldawgs twice last year by identical 2-1 scores in Carlsbad and Las Cruces.
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Sept. 1 and Sept. 2 Carlsbad travels back to Las Cruces
The Cavemen start September at a two-day tournament.
Sept. 8 and Sept. 9 Carlsbad stays in Southeast New Mexico
The Cavemen participate in another two-day tournament which is in Roswell.
Sept. 12 Goddard at Carlsbad
The Cavemen host the Rockets in the first of a three game homestand in mid-September.
Last year Carlsbad lost to the Rockets in Roswell 4-3 in double overtime.
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Sept. 14 Santa Teresa at Carlsbad
Last year the Cavemen and Desert Warriors tied 2-2 in double overtime.
Sept. 16 Lovington at Carlsbad
The three-game homestand ends with a match against the Lovington Wildcats.
Lovington defeated the Cavemen 2-1 last year in Lovington.
Sept. 19 Carlsbad at Artesia
The Cavemen travel nearly 40 miles to play the in-county rival. Last year the Bulldogs shutout Carlsbad 2-0.
Sept. 22 Centennial at Carlsbad
The Cavemen host the Hawks from Las Cruces before the non-district finale.
Centennial shutout Carlsbad 6-0 in 2022 in Las Cruces.
Sept. 23 Mayfield at Carlsbad
The Cavemen end non-District 5-4A action against the Trojans from Las Cruces.
Last season Mayfield shutout Carlsbad 2-0 in Las Cruces.
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Oct. 3 Carlsbad at Clovis
District play starts against the Wildcats at Ralph Bowyer Caveman Stadium. In 2022 Carlsbad shutout Clovis 2-0. In the second game of the series both squads battled to a 1-1 tie in double overtime.
The Cavemen and Wildcats play again in Clovis on Oct. 17.
Oct. 7 Carlsbad at Roswell
In 2022 the Cavemen shutout the Coyotes 5-0 in the first game of a two-game series.
Neither team scored a goal in the second game last year. Roswell travels to Carlsbad Oct. 21.
Oct. 10 Hobbs at Carlsbad
The Eagles were undefeated in district action last year, including a sweep of the Cavemen.
Carlsbad wraps up the regular season Oct. 24 at Hobbs.
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