During the 2016 season, Moriarty High’s Ashley Strader and Chloe Rector scored nearly 80 percent of the girls soccer team’s total goals.
In last Saturday’s preseason scrimmage at East Mountain the duo picked up right where they left off last year.
Strader and Rector combined for four of the Lady Pintos’ five goals in a 5-2 victory over the Lady Timberwolves at Vista Grande Community Complex in Sandia Park.
In a dress rehearsal for the regular season that opens this week, Rector and Strader scored a pair of goals apiece—and each had an assist on one of the other’s two goals.
“We have a name for it,” Strader said of their dynamic-duo offensive attack. “We call it ‘Clash.’”
Mia Santistevan’s goal in the 10th minute gave East Mountain an early 1-0 lead.
Strader capitalized on a corner kick to knock in Moriarty’s first goal in the 30th minute.
Eight minutes later, Strader drove toward the goal, got inside the 5-yard line, and zinged the ball over to Rector who tapped it in to put the Lady Pintos up 2-1 at halftime.
Early in the second half, Rector netted her second goal, and Jean Shelly Massey scored on a free kick to increase Moriarty’s lead to 4-1.
“I was pleased with the way they were playing,” Moriarty head coach Val Luker said. “It started out a little rocky but they got organized and they figured it out.”
In the 75th minute, Rector was moving the ball across the 18-yard box when she stopped and kicked it backwards with her heel toward Strader.
Strader immediately pounded the ball into the back of the net for Moriarty’s final goal.
“We’ve been practicing that,” Rector said.
“Chloe was there,” Strader said. “And I was calling, ‘Chloe, Chloe, behind you,’ and I was all, ‘clash!’ and she got it to me.”
Santistevan opened the scoring with a free direct-kick in the 13th minute to give East Mountain its only lead of the scrimmage.
“It felt really good to get a goal, I’m not gonna lie,” Santistevan said, adding, “I feel like we had a pretty good game.”
Delilah Chavez scored the Lady T’Wolves other goal in the 79th minute.
East Mountain’s first-year head coach John Sabrowski said the scrimmage didn’t go exactly as planned, but added, “I’m glad the ladies fought hard all the way through—they didn’t give up.”
East Mountain opened its regular season Tuesday at home against Socorro after The Independent went to print.
Moriarty’s season opens Friday at the Socorro tournament.