East Mountain High School’s girls soccer team started the season on fire but the Lady Timberwolves have cooled off in their last two matches.
East Mountain (5-2-1) won five of its first six games, with a 0-0 draw in the season opener followed by a high-scoring winning streak that saw the Lady T’Wolves net 22 goals while allowing 3.
But East Mountain got blanked 4-0 by Bosque on Sept. 13 and lost 4-1 two days later to the visiting Santa Fe Prep Lady Griffins.
“We got a little beat up by Bosque—that one took a lot out of us,” East Mountain head coach John Sabrowski acknowledged.
The Lady T’Wolves’ fatigue was evident when they fell behind early in their Sept. 15 loss to Santa Fe Prep.
The Lady Griffins scored a pair of goals in the first 10 minutes and continuously attacked East Mountain’s side of the field.
East Mountain’s sophomore goalkeeper Hannah Shirley was under pressure the whole game, and despite surrendering 4 goals, she finished with 14 saves.
The Lady T’Wolves spent much of the game defending, getting inside Prep’s 18-yard box only a handful of times and taking only six shots on frame.
East Mountain’s lone goal came in the 21st minute on Michelle Carver’s direct free kick from just outside the right corner of Santa Fe’s box.
Carver chipped the ball over a gaggle of Lady Griffins and it sailed just under the cross bar beyond the outstretched fingertips of Prep’s keeper.
“I was trying to chip it in,” Carver said. “My chip is pretty much my shot.”
A few minutes later, the Lady Griffins answered to take a 3-1 advantage and netted their final goal in the 50th minute.
“Other than a few errors, I thought we defended pretty well,” Sabrowski said. But the coach noted that “there were some giveaways” and his players “got passive toward the end.”
And Sabrowski knows that East Mountain’s most challenging games lie ahead, including Moriarty at home Sept. 25, followed by a trip to Portales to close out the month and a pair of matches against Socorro in October.
“Socorro’s gonna be tough,” Sabrowski said, adding, “We’ve got to get our fundamentals stronger, but if we can stay injury free we’ll be OK.”