After facing each other Sept. 15, Moriarty and Manzano’s girls soccer squads both split the last two games in reverse fashion: the Lady Monarchs lost 2-0 last Saturday to visiting Carlsbad, two days after blanking Rio Grande, 5-0; the Lady Pintos won at Gallup 2-1 last Saturday, two days after a heartbreaking 2-1 overtime loss at home to Class 6A Atrisco Heritage.
Nine minutes into overtime with the score tied 1-1, an Atrisco corner kick bounced through the crowd in front of the goal and inched over the outstretched fingertips of Moriarty’s goalkeeper Sage Bond.
“They put up a good fight,” Moriarty head coach Val Luker said of her team’s effort against Atrisco. “This game was better played than Manzano.”
Luker was referring to the 3-0 loss earlier in the week at Manzano’s pitch.
Manzano and Moriarty battled for the first 30 minutes with both teams attacking but neither finding the back of the net.
In the 31st minute, Bond made a one-handed block on a Monarchs’ shot that ricocheted toward Manzano’s Angelique Valencia.
Valencia leaned into the ball and tapped it into the goal with her shoulder.
Manzano’s Kylee Foster added a pair of goals in the second half—the first one deflected off Moriarty’s Rhiannon Moya and slipped past the diving reach of Bond.
In the 61st minute Bond left the game with an arm injury after colliding with Manzano forward Hope Hiester, a Tijeras resident. Laura Ornelas replaced Bond at the keeper position for the remainder of the game.
“They did what they set out to do,” Manzano’s first-year head coach Todd Alam said of his squad’s victory over Moriarty. “They had good ball movement and good passing, they played a good game.”
With a record of 5-4-1 Manzano has matched the total number of wins the team compiled over the last two years combined.
The Lady Monarchs played at Highland Tuesday after The Independent went to print.
Moriarty improved its record to 5-5 with the win over Gallup and now has more wins than the previous two years combined.
The Lady Pintos are idle until Oct. 1 when they host Bernalillo.
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.