East Mountain High School’s Ethan Wagener’s second-half goal helped lift the Timberwolves soccer team to a 2-1 win over the New Mexico Military Institute last Saturday in Roswell.

Anthony McKenna scored the T’Wolves’ first goal in the first half.

The win came on the heels of last Thursday’s 4-3 overtime victory at home over new district rival Bernalillo.

McKenna scored two second-half goals to give the T’Wolves a 3-2 lead, but Bernalillo tied the game in the 74th minute. The score remained knotted at 3-3 through the end of regulation.

Two minutes into the first overtime period, East Mountain’s Jose Perea shot a cross-pass toward the edge of the 6-yard box and J.J. Porter was there to tap in the game-winning “sudden victory” goal.

“I saw my opportunity, I crashed it and it went in,” Porter said.

“We bent but we didn’t break,” East Mountain head coach Frank Trusiano said of the victory—the second of three consecutive wins for the T’Wolves. “I think we showed what we’re made off.”

The game was played under smoky conditions with an obtrusive odor from a nearby controlled burn in the Sandia Ranger District just west of the high school. One of the officials remarked that it made it hard to breathe.

East Mountain played its final regular-season game Tuesday at Sandia Prep after The Independent went to print.