Kamplain nets first goal of season in Lady Pintos’ 2-0 win
Araceli Kamplain scored her first goal of the season and Lila Lionbarger got her first goal since Aug. 24 as the Lady Pintos (4-10, 1-0) rebounded from two recent lopsided losses to beat Pojoaque Valley at home Oct. 8.
“It’s good, I’m glad we won—I’ll take it,” Lady Pintos head coach Val Luker said.
Moriarty had Pojoaque on the ropes the entire game, gaining seven corner kicks in the first half and six more in the second half. A corner kick is awarded when the defending team knocks the ball out of play over the goal line.
The Lady Pintos scored in the 35th minute when Olivia Lopez sent the ball into the 18-yard box where Lionbarger secured it. The Pojoaque goalkeeper came out toward the ball and Lionbarger shot it past her for a 1-0 lead.
“I just remember Olivia passing me the ball and I looked up and the goal was wide open and I just popped it in,” Lionbarger said.
Kamplain, who has been Moriarty’s starting goalkeeper, got her first stint of the season playing the field in the second half. Five minutes into the second half she took a shot but it sailed wide of the goal.
In the 55th minute, Naomi Hernandez took the ball past a pair of Pojoaque defenders and fired a shot from the right side from about 10 yards out. Pojoaque’s goalkeeper punched the ball away but it went right to Kamplain who tapped it in from the left side just beyond the 6-yard area.
“Honestly, I give it all to Naomi, she was the one who did all the hard work. After it bounced off the goalkeeper’s hand, I just stuck my foot out there, it wasn’t much effort,” Kamplain said, adding, “It felt really good, it was fun.”
“That was a good thing,” Luker said about Kamplain’s goal. “I was glad to see her accomplish that.”
The Lady Pintos played Oct. 10 at district rival Los Alamos (5-6-1, 1-0).
Arguello scores a brace to lift Pintos to 2-1 win
Moriarty senior forward Pavel Arguello recorded a brace with his two goals in the first half and the Pintos (6-8-1, 1-1) held off the Pojoaque Valley Elks (4-9, 0-1) in the second half to notch a victory at home Oct. 8.
“It was a tough game,” Arguello said, adding, “We got the result, that’s all that matters. I like the way the team finished, I’m real proud of our team.”
Arguello, who had just three goals in Moriarty’s first nine games, has tallied 14 goals since the Pintos’ Sept. 24 win over East Mountain.
Moriarty’s first goal against the Elks came in the 5th minute when Micah Olson sent the ball from nearly midfield to inside the 18-yard box where Arguello won control and nailed it into the net.
Three minutes later, Alex Lopez won the ball in the left corner and took it toward the 18 where he passed it to Frank McCleave.
McCleave sent a cross pass to Arguello who was in front of the goal about 10 yards out and fired a left-footed shot past Pojoaque’s goalkeeper for a 2-0 advantage.
“Their keeper tried to block it but it went through his hands and bounced against the far post and in,” Arguello said.
The Elks attacked aggressively in the second half and scored on a counter in the 57th minute.
“It’s a win and we’ll take it,” Moriarty head coach Jordan Allcorn said. “That’s a tough team, they were physical, but we’ve gotta do a better job of taking advantage of our opportunities—we’ll have to be a little bit better on Thursday.”
Allcorn was referring to the Pintos match Oct. 10 at home against district rival Los Alamos Hilltoppers (12-3, 2-0).
The Pintos played very well for 75 minutes against the Hilltoppers, but gave up a pair of goals during a 2-minute stretch in the first half and another pair of goals in a 3-minute stretch in the second. Moriarty’s lone goal came on a penalty kick by Arguello in the 69th minute.
“It’s one of those things. They’re one of the best teams in our class, but I think we could have played better,” Allcorn said.
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.