By G. Demarest
Moriarty’s boys soccer edged the visiting Rio Grande Ravens 2-1 Tuesday.
Senior Connor McCarty scored the Pintos’ first goal in the game’s second minute. Daniel Matola scored Moriarty’s second goal in the 52nd minute.
Moriaty coach Jordan Allcorn said the Pintos “lost to a good team” last Friday when they fell 4-0 to host Sandia Prep.
That loss came the day after McCarty had lifted the Pintos to a 4-2 victory over the visiting Santa Fe Demons.
McCarty had scored all four goals against the Class 6A Demons—the first time in his varsity career. “This was a must win and that was my goal, to win this game,” he said.
McCarty’s first goal gave the Pintos an early 1-0 advantage.
Midway through the second half with the score knotted at 1-1 McCarty maneuvered past a trio of Demons and found the net for his second goal of the game.
In the 76th minute McCarty drew a penalty kick when he and Santa Fe’s goalkeeper collided—the officials said it was illegal contact on the Demons’ keeper.
McCarty’s PK was good, putting the Pintos up 3-2.
He added the feather in his hat trick in the 78th minute with a cross kick goal. After the game his teammates mobbed him chanting, “Connor! Connor! Connor!”
McCarty also scored the go-ahead goal in the final minute of the Pintos’ 3-2 win at Portales Sept. 1.
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.