Mean Moose stay perfect on the pitch

Parkins leads state with 24 goals


ALAMOSA—Even though the winter weather postponed the Alamosa Mean Moose girls’ soccer team’s game with Rye that was scheduled for Tuesday night, fans have been gushing about the early success for the Mean Moose.

Alamosa, who will have a make-up with the Thunderbolts on April 21st at 4 p.m. at the AHS Athletic Complex, is undefeated with a 6-0 record.

The Mean Moose opened up the season with an 8-0 win at Lamar before defeating the Del Norte Tigers, who are in their first season hosting a soccer team, 7-0.

They then pulled out a 6-1 win over Telluride before narrowly defeating Ridgway 4-3.

Last Friday, Alamosa earned a 3-1 win over Montezuma Cortez before they earned neutral site overtime win over Crested Butte at Gunnison High School on Monday.

A majority of the team’s success comes off the foot of junior Katie Parkins. So far Parks has 24 goals, five more than anyone else in the state, regardless of classification. Parkins also leads the state in the points (two points awarded for goals and one for assists) category with 49, eight more than her nearest competitor.

In addition to the new energy on the field, the Mean Moose have a renewed energy on the sideline as they are under the direction of Head Coach Kara Bentley.

In Friday’s game, Parkins scored the first goal in the eighth minute as she was assisted by Candace Broyles. The Mean Moose took a 2-goal advantage into the half as Katy Gallegos scored an unassisted free kick goal.
The Mean Moose got their third goal midway through the second half as Parkins was assisted by Gabby Imre before the Panthers scored their lone goal with three minutes left in the game.

On Monday, Alamosa found themselves locked up in what was their toughest test of the year.

“It was a tough game,” noted Coach Bentley. “However, we pulled the win over them, 3-2 with a golden goal in the first overtime.”

Parkins scored all three goals in the game and luckily for the Mean Moose, freshman Lilly Lavier had two assists including the game-winner.

Aside from Parkins’ 24 goals, Alamosa has goals from Gallegos (4), Imre (1) and Aleceya Tolsma (1) while Gallegos lead the team with six assists while Imre (3), Devyn Mitchell (3), Lavier (2), Tolsma (1), Broyles (1), Mara Schwiesow (1) and Parkins (1) each have goals.

Alamosa is credited with 31 goals on the season, one was an own goal by another team, and have only allowed seven goals to help them get a 3-0 record in league action.

The Mean Moose still have eight games left in the regular season including four of their next five against league teams, Pagosa Springs and Bayfield.