Moriarty High School’s Luke Lionbarger scored a season-high two goals and Pavel Arguello added one as the Pintos soccer team ended the season with a 3-0 shutout against the East Mountain Timberwolves Oct. 26 at Vista Grande Community Complex in Sandia Park.
With both teams failing to make the state playoffs, the non-district match—a rescheduling of an earlier game that got postponed due to weather—was more about bragging rights and producing some stimulus for next season.
“It’s always good to beat East Mountain,” Moriarty head coach Jordan Allcorn said. “It’s kind of a rivalry game, a lot of these kids played growing up together so there’s definitely some competition to it, and it gives some positivity to the younger guys and sends the seniors out on a winning note.”
The Pintos (9-11, 2-4) opened the scoring in the 5th minute when Frank McCleave sent a cross pass into the middle of the 18-yard box. Akash Patel got a foot on the ball before Lionbarger tapped it into the goal from just outside the 6-yard area.
Arguello’s goal followed a corner kick in the 24th minute.
The score remained 2-0 until the second half.
Lionbarger tapped in his second goal following a corner kick in the 49th minute.
East Mountain head coach John Sabrowski, who helms the girls team and took over the boys squad last month when Matt Painter resigned, said the T’Wolves struggled clearing the ball in the back half of the field, particularly on corners and free kicks.
“We haven’t had a lot of time to work on defending set pieces,” Sabrowski said, adding, “I think the second half of the season we defended better—that was one of the things that I really wanted to focus on, defending better, so next season we’ll see what we can do.”
The T’Wolves finished the season with a 3-16 overall record.