Ashley Strader and Chloe Rector each scored goals in Moriarty soccer’s 2-1 victory last Thursday over the visiting Bernalillo Lady Spartans.
“It was not an easy game,” said Moriarty’s head coach Val Luker.
Wearing pink headbands in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the Lady Pintos fell behind early when Bernalillo got a fluke goal that Luker called “unexpected.”
Later, in the 22nd minute, Strader muscled her way past a flank of Spartans to knot the score at 1-1. “One of their players popped it up and I just kinda ran it in,” she said.
Rector scored the game-winning goal in the 47th minute after her first three shots didn’t find the net.
After taking a pass from Strader, Rector fired the go-ahead goal from 5 yards out on a breakaway—a one-on-one play against Bernalillo’s goalkeeper.
“I really, really wanted to make a goal,” Rector said, adding, “Ashley made an amazing pass.”
Solid defense, including seven second-half saves by goalkeeper Sage Bond, preserved the win.
“It’s huge because it helps the girls know where they’re at and that what they’ve been working on has actually been a key,” Luker said.
Bernalillo’s goal came in the second minute of the game when a cross-kick from a Spartans attacker grazed off a Moriarty defender and bounced toward Bond.
Bond could’ve caught the ball with her hands but misjudged it as a pass from her teammate. She attempted to kick it out, but the ball squibbed under her foot and into the net. “I didn’t think about the deflection,” Bond said. “I guess I was in my own little world.”
The win improved the Lady Pintos’ record to 6-5. They hosted top-ranked rival St. Pius X Tuesday after The Independent went to print.