Moriarty High School’s girls soccer team battled the weather and its new district opponent—the Los Alamos Lady Hilltoppers—during a damp and windy matchup Oct. 11 that left the Lady Pintos on the short end of a 3-0 defeat.
The Lady Pintos (7-8, 1-1) defended well and took their share of shots, they just couldn’t find the back of the net.
“I feel good about the way they played,” Moriarty head coach Val Luker said. “They started off strong and they didn’t let down.”
Following the boys match under the same chilly, blustery conditions combined with intermittent bits of drizzle, Moriarty had three opportunities to score in the first half, including a free kick.
But two of the shots were saved by Los Alamos’ goalkeeper and the other sailed wide.
In the 25th minute, Los Alamos (8-4, 2-0) floated a long shot from 25 yards out that drifted just above the reach of Moriarty’s goalkeeper, Araceli Kamplain, to give the Lady Hilltoppers a 1-0 advantage.
Nine minutes into the second half, Los Alamos scored on a direct free kick; the Hilltoppers added their final goal in the 58th.
In the game’s final minute, Ashley Strader led a fast break into Los Alamos’ 18-yard box and slid on the grass as she took a shot.
The ball drifted wide of the goal, but a Los Alamos defender knocked the ball across the back goal line and out of bounds, giving the Pintos a corner kick.
Jean Shelly Massey drove the corner kick into a scramble in front of the goal, but a Los Alamos defender headed the ball toward midfield just before time ran out.
“I feel like there were some 50-50 balls that could’ve been won, and there were a couple of missed opportunities,” Luker said. “But it was a good game, they played hard, and it [the weather] was miserable.”
Moriarty’s next match is Oct. 16 at Taos.