Six different players found the back of the net—four of them did it twice—as the East Mountain girls soccer team throttled the visiting Academy for Technology and the Classics 10-0 in last Saturday’s mercy-rule shortened home opener.
“It was a good morale boost for the girls, a good learning experience for them, so I’m super happy,” said East Mountain’s first-year head coach Matt Painter.
Sherice Montaño opened the Lady Timberwolves’ scoring surge in the 8th minute with her first-ever varsity goal. Montaño broke into the right side of the 6-yard box and sliced a shot into the left corner of the net.
“I really wanted to score because I never made a goal,” Montaño said.
Victoria Vinsant also scored and Analise Salas chipped in a pair of goals to put the Lady T’Wolves up 4-0 and halftime.
Early in the second half, following a corner kick from Salas, Mia Santistevan cleared the ball from a crowd and shoveled it over to Hannah Linder, who tapped it into the net for a 5-0 lead.
Santistevan, who took five shots-on-goal in the first half—four were saved and one hit the upright—finally found the back of the net in the 47th minute.
Two minutes later she scored again to extend the lead to 7-0. “It really felt good to finally get those goals in,” Santistevan said.
East Mountain’s domination continued when Rose King launched a high-arcing 30-yard rocket that bounced in front of, and then over ATC’s goalkeeper for an 8-0 advantage.
“That was a great shot,” Painter said.
In the 73rd minute Linder crashed the box for her second score of the game.
Three minutes later Montaño punched the ball in from 12 yards out to end the game on the 10-goal mercy rule.
Painter acknowledged that ATC is not the same caliber of opponent as Socorro, who beat East Mountain 6-0 in last week’s season-opener but noted, “A win is a win.”
“Do we have a long way to go? Absolutely.” Painter said. “But we’re getting there.”
East Mountain played at Portales Tuesday after The Independent went to print.
Ger has been writing and shooting photos of high school sports for The Independent for 15 years. His dedication to youth athletics goes beyond sports reporting. He is past president of East Mountain Little League and works as a baseball umpire. He lives in Edgewood with his family.