Moriarty High School’s Chloe Rector scored a pair of goals and Ashley Strader added another to give the Lady Pintos’ soccer team a 3-1 victory over the visiting East Mountain Lady Timberwolves in last Saturday’s scrimmage.
Both of Rector’s goals came in the first half, giving the Lady Pintos a 2-0 advantage at the break.
Three minutes into the second half, Rector tapped a pass over to Strader who took the ball into the right side of the box and launched a 15-yarder into the net for a 3-0 lead.
“We’ve been working on being interchangeable in our attack,” Moriarty head coach Val Luker said of the Pintos’ one-two punch of Rector and Strader.
The T’Wolves got close a few times in the first half but were unsuccessful getting the ball into the goal, including a free kick by Hannah Linder that Moriarty goalkeeper Sage Bond saved.
“We were trying different people in different positions to see what worked best,” said East Mountain’s first-year head coach Matt Painter. “We have eight players who have never played with the other eight, and six have never played before at all, so I was pleased with them for their first game. We didn’t come here to win.”
In the 50th minute, Linder got East Mountain on the board when she took a long pass from Rose King and dribbled toward the left side of the goal. Linder kicked a bouncing shot that Bond almost stopped, but the ball took a weird spin and rolled into the goal.
“She played well,” Painter said of Linder. “So did Taylor [Willes]—she played phenomenal.”
In the 77th minute, Linder had a clear shot at a second goal after Bond made a diving stop on the ball but couldn’t hold onto it. As the ball rolled loose, Linder was all alone with nothing between her and the net but her shot sailed high and went over the cross bar.
In the final seconds of the scrimmage, Rector hammered a straight-on shot that East Mountain’s new keeper Aspen Sveum saved with a diving stop just before the final whistle.
Sveum ended with seven saves. Bond also recorded seven saves.
After the scrimmage was over, Moriarty’s Araceli Kamplain walked over to where East Mountain was holding a post-game meeting and exemplified the home team’s hospitality by offering the Lady T’Wolves fruit kabobs. Kamplain was showered with smiles and a chorus of “You’re awesome!”
Moriarty starts its regular season this weekend at the Socorro Tournament.
East Mountain played its first game at Socorro Tuesday after The Independent went to print.