In three consecutive games—all at home—Moriarty High’s Lady Pintos soccer squad (7-7) blanked the Academy for Technology and the Classics 10-0, lost to the Hope Christian Lady Huskies 5-1 the next day, and fell 2-1 to Socorro Oct. 2.
ATC was a cakewalk win, but the Lady Pintos don’t mind the back-to-back defeats.
“This is good going into districts,” senior forward Ashley Strader said after Moriarty’s loss to Socorro.
Moriarty head coach Val Luker said that the Lady Pintos’ 3-0 loss Sept. 21 to Class 5A Hobbs at the Sandia Prep tournament put the wheels in motion for the remainder of the team’s schedule.
“It was like Hobbs prepared us for Hope, and Hope prepared us for today,” Luker said following the team’s loss to Socorro. “And today prepared us to go on to Los Alamos.”
Moriarty begins its district schedule Oct. 9 at Pojoaque Valley (2-9), but the team’s biggest challenge will come two days later at home against Los Alamos (6-4).
“I feel like we’re ready to do what we need to do, we just need to do it,” Luker said.
In the match against Socorro (15-1), the start of the game was delayed 30 minutes due to lightning.
The two teams waged a scoreless battle for 39 minutes before the Lady Pintos used a free kick to get on the board just before halftime.
Instead of shooting the free kick—the typical tactic—Lila Lionbarger tapped the ball to her left where Strader shot a line drive toward a throng of players in front of the goal that included Moriarty’s Chloe Rector.
“It bounced past me and hit one of their defenders and it just rolled in,” Rector said of the Lady Pintos’ goal.
Socorro scored on a fast break to tie the game 1-1 at the start of the second half, and then scored the deciding goal in the 77th minute.
“They’re a very good team, I’ll give that to them, they’re very polished,” Strader said.
“They literally capitalized on every mistake we made, they were on top of everything,” added Rector.
In the Sept. 29 loss to Hope, freshmen Kirsten Massey tallied the Lady Pintos’ only goal after Strader’s shot in the 22nd minute was deflected away from the net by the Lady Huskies’ goalkeeper.
“When their keeper pushed it out I just took it with my left foot and scored,” Massey said.
Seven different Lady Pintos got the ball into the net in Moriarty’s Sept. 28 mercy-rule shortened shutout over ATC.
Strader struck first with an 8-yard roller past ATC’s goalkeeper in the 5th minute. Caia Kamplain punched a short-range shot in the 8th.
A minute later, Jean Shelly Massey capitalized on a loose ball to nail the first of her three goals.
In the 20th, Kirsten Massey took a cross pass from Strader inside the 6-yard area and poked it in.
Strader scored her second goal in the 24th. Three minutes later, Rector popped one in.
In the 30th minute, a Moriarty throw-in deep in ATC’s territory floated into a crowd near the goal. Strader tried to head the ball but missed, and it rolled down her back and hit the ground where Jean Shelly Massey tapped in her second goal.
Naomi Hernandez scored just before halftime to push the Lady Pintos’ lead to 8-0.
Five minutes into the second half, Araceli Kamplain scored.
Jean Shelly took a pass from Araceli and scored her hat-trick goal to end the game in the 50th minute.
“We don’t normally like to mercy-rule teams, but it was an opportunity to get everybody in and I was pleased with the communication,” Luker said.