East Mountain’s girls soccer picked up its seventh victory in eight games Tuesday with a 2-0 shut-out over the visiting Bernalillo Lady Spartans.
After a 0-0 first-half draw, freshman Sam Burch scored East Mountain’s first goal in the 41st minute. Yvette Vallejos followed that with a 3-yard goal in the 66th minute.
“They came out hot and hungry. Our D was tough and it finally clicked,” interim coach Kim Linder said about the Timberwolves’ second-half surge.
The win follows Mia Santistevan’s three-goal performance Sept. 29 when the Lady Timberwolves blanked the visiting Hatch Valley Lady Bears, 5-0.
East Mountain’s only goal in the first half came in the 25th minute when Rose King’s high-arcing 30-yard kick put the T’Wolves up 1-0 at the break.
“We made some adjustments at halftime and then they got fired up,” Linder said.
In the 49th minute, Ashley CdeBaca’s goal off Adriana Duran’s assist gave the T’Wolves a 2-0 advantage.
Santistevan’s hat trick—her second in a week after earning one against Ruidoso—came in the span of six minutes.
“I remember [coach] Kim saying, ‘Go to the keeper!’ so I took her advice,” Santistevan said.
Linder and Andrea Vincent inherited the team Sept. 14 after Brian Pecorella resigned.
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.