Moose get first win of year in home opener

Devon Mitchell and Larissa Medina mob Malia Tuioti-Mariner after scoring what would become the game winning goal early in the second half of Friday’s contest. (VC/Jiron)

ALAMOSA — A strong wind swept Alamosa field was the location for Alamosa Girls’ Soccer first home game of the season. And though the wind relented to a light snow and a spattering of clouds the Moose treated the bundled home crowd to the first win of the season. Alamosa (1-2) defeated Montezuma-Cortez (0-2) in a 1-0 game on Friday afternoon.

A year removed from a run in the State Tournament the Mean Moose have been tested early this season with meetings against 3A’s No. 13 team Salida (5-1) and 4A’s No. 12 team Pueblo Centennial (4-1). Results have been less than favorable, Alamosa falling in both games by a combined 19-point deficit.

With two tough games down Alamosa got their first shot at a similarly ranked team on Friday.  With a cross-field wind play favored half the field and defense prevailed, both teams fending off a number of corner and indirect kicks to keep the game scoreless going to the half.

The storm blowing in brought a few snowflakes with it. As the game went on conditions didn’t get much better. But in switching field the home team would gain the advantage as storm continued east changing the wind to directly down field.

Montezuma-Cortez’s attempts to move the ball via kicks and throw-ins would all be checked by the strong gales.  Alamosa pounced on their opportunity, doubling their shot attempt from the first half.

Nineteen minutes remaining in the game and the Moose would strike the decisive blow.  On an offensive flurry Larissa Medina and Malia Tuioti-Mariner applied pressure with Tuioti-Mariner getting a shot wide of the goalie to put the Moose ahead. Candace Broyles and the defense would clamp down keeping the Panthers silent through the remainder of regulation to hand the Moose win No. 1 on the season.

Alamosa will get back to grinding through their schedule when they head to Colorado Springs next Tuesday to face 5A Pine Creek (1-1-1). Game start is scheduled for 5 p.m.

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