Junior midfielder Jean Shelly Massey matched her season high with three goals and was instrumental in netting a fourth goal as Moriarty High School’s girls soccer team won its Oct. 25 regular-season finale at home over Taos.
Massey’s hat trick, and her second-half corner kick that ended up in the net, helped lift the Lady Pintos to a 5-0 shutout over the visiting Lady Tigers.
The victory helped Moriarty (10-9, 4-2) secure a No. 9 seed in the upcoming Class 4A state playoffs.
“I think it was a pretty big game,” Massey said. “We’re gonna go into state strong, even playing a higher-seed team, I think we’ll do really well.”
Moriarty head coach Val Luker said the Lady Pintos showed a lot of teamwork in the game—the team’s final district win of the season.
“The passing was spot on, the communication was good, the defense was compact,” Luker said. “I think everybody worked together beautifully today.”
The Lady Pintos opened the scoring in the 4th minute when Ashley Strader sent the ball from inside midfield to Chloe Rector.
Rector took five touches while leading a breakaway past a pair of Taos defenders before nailing the goal for a 1-0 lead.
“I dribbled it in and used all my speed to get past them,” Rector said, adding, “I feel like it got the momentum going.”
In the 28th minute, Naomi Hernandez passed the ball into the 18-yard box to Ashley Strader who slipped to one knee, got up and sent a cross pass to Massey who kicked it in from about 15 yards out for a 2-0 advantage.
In the 57th minute, Massey’s corner kick from the right side sailed into a scrum of players where the ball nicked a Taos defender on the hip and rolled into the goal.
Fifteen minutes later, Massey sent the ball into the box and Rector took a shot, but the ball was blocked by Taos back to Massey where she hammered in her second goal to push the Lady Pintos’ lead to 4-0.
Massey got the hat trick in the 79th with a line drive from about 20 yards out near the arc at the top of the box.
“I’m not left-foot dominant but at that moment it looked like I was, and it just floated, and it was a lucky shot, I’ve gotta say,” Massey said.
With the win, and the regular season behind them, the ninth-seeded Lady Pintos will face No. 8 Del Norte (10-8, 6-4) in the first round of state.