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Moose prep for Bayfield, tune up Ignacio

Posted: Friday, Apr 19th, 2013

Photos by Joel Priest Alamosa's Taylor Nye (7) fights off Ignacio's Becca Ward (15) while pushing an attack ahead Thursday afternoon at Al Bennett Field. The Mean Moose won 10-0. Alamosa's Elise Tolley (4) skips through, and volleys a pass forward between Ignacio's Becca Ward (left) and Roshae Weaver (right) Thursday afternoon at Al Bennett Field.

Special to the Courier

ALAMOSA—Remember when you were first asked, likely in elementary school, the plural form of ‘moose’?

And then your teacher told you—if you answered wrongly—that it was STILL ‘moose’?

Ignacio’s Lady Bobcats were reminded of that fact Thursday afternoon at frigid Al Bennett Field; five Moose registered goals individually, but in the end the Mean Moose claimed one important victory.

“Definitely we were pleased with the outcome of the game,” said Alamosa head coach Traci Pitts, “our goals that we made for our team…we hit.”

And it didn’t take long at all for AHS to land the decisive blow; sophomore weapon Tayleur Hillis easily burned IHS’ Destinee Lucero—still spelling injured regular Nicole Williams (left LCL sprain, patella injury)—in the third minute, and junior Nicole Broyles quickly followed in the fourth with the only insurance marker the Moose would even remotely require.

Hillis struck again in the sixth off a set-up from classmate Taylor Nye, and freshman Darby Bolt buried Alamosa’s fourth in the tenth as the visitors’ frustration, manifested in careless elbows and shoves—and some hockey-like cross-checks—was visible, and the reason the match was halted in its 65th minute.

Junior goalkeeper Brandi Thompson and second-half switch Sara Berlinger, a freshman, split the 10-nil [Broyles’ score in the 60th officially enacted CHSAA’s ‘mercy rule;’ the squads then unofficially tried scrimmaging for extra on-pitch practice] shutout. Neither faced a shot, and IHS gained no corners.

Bolt booked her second goal in the 13th off an assist by senior Jazzlyn Martinez, and Martinez then scored herself in the 35th to put the Moose ahead 6-0 at intermission. And off Alamosa’s first rush in the second half, Bolt nudged in a Blake Faucett corner in the 43rd to cap [pun intended] her hat trick.

Hillis finished hers with a successful penalty kick in the 54th to Lucero’s left, as Lucero hardly flinched off her line, and Faucett fought through traffic to net AHS’ ninth in the 57th.

And though the scoreboard said one thing, it wasn’t a secret that AHS was gearing up for tomorrow’s trip to Wolverine Country Stadium for a critical rematch (kickoff 11 a.m.) with reigning 3A Southwestern League champions Bayfield.

“We’re going to have to bring it,” said Faucett, a senior captain whose loaded right leg helped create—and take—eleven Moose corners, “because I know Bayfield’s tough. We beat ’em last time because we out-worked them, and we need to do it again.”

“Hopefully we can get the win and go to the playoffs.”

Beaten 1-0 at Al Bennett on March 19, Jennifer Zelinski’s Lady Wolverines will enter the clash 8-2 overall, 6-1 SWL after blanking—concerned mainly with skills over scores—Center 3-nil Wednesday afternoon at Center Community Park. The Mean Moose improved to 6-2, 5-2 after dropping the combustible (an aspect well lamented by first-year head coach Oscar Cosio) Lady Bobcats to 0-8, 0-8.

“It’s always a hard competition, you know,” said Pitts, “and we always go into it serious. It’s a good game; we’re both good teams this year, so it’s going to be a great game on Saturday.”

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