Lady Warriors dominate on the pitch

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The goals came early and often for the Lady Warriors soccer team on Monday afternoon, as Socorro used a variety of plays and players to beat the East Mountain Timberwolves 10-0 in their season-opening match at Warriors Stadium.

East Mountain (0-1), who finished 9-11 a year ago, was simply out matched and outplayed by a Socorro team (1-0) that showed it has the ability to score in different ways.

Sophomore forward Dominique Molina started things off just seconds in with an unassisted strike, then freshman mid-fielder Ezrah Jaramillo took a nifty pass from Molina near midfield not long after, and outran the defense to make it 2-0.

Senior forward Dezirae Armijo notched her first goal of the 2012 season soon thereafter off of a nicely placed through ball from freshman mid-fielder Sabine Fuierer, and the score was 3-0 just 12 minutes in. Six minutes later senior mid-fielder Damiana Contreras knocked in a corner kick from Molina, and at 4-0 the rout was officially on.

“We played up to our level,” senior goalkeeper Tayler Hammack said. “We needed to keep up that energy, and for the most part we did.”

Senior mid-fielder Amanda Saenz scored next for Socorro, then Armijo knocked in three of the next five Lady Warrior goals to help end the game before halftime, based on the 10-goal mercy rule.

Molina finished the match with two goals and five assists, Contreras scored two goals and Seanz and Jaramillo added one a piece. Armijo finished the game with four goals.

Socorro put 11 shots on goal, scoring 10 of them, with seven of those scores coming off assists.

“They’ve been playing together for a while, and it’s showing on the field,” Socorro head coach Mitch Carrejo said. “These girls work hard, and it’s showing.”

While winning the season’s first match in dominating fashion is obviously a positive, it wasn’t quite the perfect outing the score might indicate. There were a few holes in the newly installed defense, and the Timberwolves did earn a couple of breakaway opportunities.

“At times there were moments where we did things we shouldn’t have,” Hammack said. “Our defense got a little slow at times.”

Again though, this year’s defense is a new one and Hammack said she expected the team to still be learning, but a shutout victory gives the team momentum heading into this weekend’s Socorro Cup.

“This is good, especially for the younger girls, to get some goals under their belts,” Hammack said. “It was absolutely a confidence builder.”

The Socorro Cup will take place on Friday and Saturday at Warriors Stadium.