Jean Shelly Massey’s goal in overtime during last Friday’s Class 1A-4A state playoff game lifted Moriarty to victory over the No. 9 Portales Lady Rams—and into the state quarterfinals for the first time since 2009.
“It’s very cool, it really is,” Moriarty head coach Val Luker said. Luker was the assistant coach when Moriarty last won a playoff game.
Massey said the win was a redemption of sorts for her, because last year, she was called for a foul in overtime in the playoff game against the Robertson Cardinals. The Cardinals made the game-winning free kick to end Moriarty’s season.
“It was kind of a repeat of last year except this time it went in our favor—I’m super excited,” Massey said.
Six minutes into overtime, a Rams defender fouled Massey just outside the 18-yard box on the left side giving Moriarty a direct free kick.
Massey lined up from about 20 yards out and launched the ball over a wall of players—including the leaping Portales goalkeeper—into the back of the net to give the Lady Pintos a 1-0 win.
“I saw everybody up there, and I scooped it, and I was just, oh gosh, we had so many opportunities and I was glad that one got in, I didn’t even know I made the goal until people were running toward me,” Massey said.
It was her fifth free kick of the game. She also had three corner kicks.
The eighth-seeded Pintos (14-7, 3-3) locked horns with the Rams for the game’s first 80 minutes, taking a number of shots that either just missed the mark or were saved by Portales’ goalkeeper.
“I was hoping we’d score first and go from there, but it just didn’t happen,” Luker said.
Moriarty forwards Ashley Strader and Chloe Rector—the Pintos’ leading scorers—along with freshman midfielder Naomi Hernandez all combined for seven close-range shots in the second half that didn’t go in.
“I think we controlled the game for the most part, we just didn’t finish, every time we went up they locked onto us,” Strader said.
“We didn’t want the game to go into overtime, and when it did, I was all, ‘I hope it’s not gonna be like last year!’” Rector said. “But I’m so excited, we fought really hard.”
Friday’s win was the Moriarty girls soccer team’s first postseason victory since the Lady Pintos beat Farmington in the first round of the 2009 playoffs.
Moriarty now faces No. 1 Santa Fe Prep (14-0-1) in the state quarterfinals Thursday, Nov. 2 at the Bernalillo Soccer Complex.
For more photos of the Portales game go to edgewood.news.