East Mountain’s boys soccer squad needed a win against the visiting district rival Portales Rams last Saturday to earn a postseason berth.

It wasn’t to be.

Playing their second consecutive double-overtime game in three days, the Timberwolves scratched and clawed till the end but ultimately settled for a 1-1 draw in what ended up being the team’s season finale.

“This was a real battle,” said East Mountain head coach Frank Trusiano. Portales took a 1-0 lead in the 22nd minute.

The T’Wolves’ equalizer came when Alejandro Taylor-Wright took a through-ball down the sidelines and passed it to Elijah Jaffe. Jaffe took two touches and slapped the ball into the left corner in the 29th minute.

The final 71 minutes remained scoreless while four East Mountain shots clanged off the goal post.

Several players from both teams had to be helped—or carried—off the field during the game due to injuries. “We had our opportunities, we just couldn’t capitalize,” said Jaffe, who hurt his ankle during the matchup.

“I’m real proud of them,” Trusiano said. “It was a great effort, a great season, I think we made a statement that East Mountain boys soccer’s going in the right direction.”

The tie with Portales fell two days after the T’Wolves edged the visiting Rehoboth Christian Lynx 3-2 in double overtime.

Jaffe scored the “golden goal” in the 98th minute to seal the win for the T’Wolves.

Leota Harriman
Leota Harriman

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