Soccer

Tigers shut out Moriarty in physical match at Taos Eco Park

By Matthew Narvaiz
sports@taosnews.com
Posted 10/17/19

If you ask head coach Michael Hensley of the Taos boys soccer team to name one of the most important objectives in a soccer match, he'd say something along the lines of "ball control."

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Tigers shut out Moriarty in physical match at Taos Eco Park

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If you ask head coach Michael Hensley of the Taos boys soccer team to name one of the most important objectives in a soccer match, he'd say something along the lines of "ball control."

On Tuesday afternoon (Oct. 15) at Taos Eco Park, the Tigers did just that - controlling the ball when it mattered and striking shots toward the goal when opportunities presented themselves, as they went on to defeat visiting Moriarty, 6-0.

"We just took everything that we had and worked really hard," Charles Bayles, a captain and senior, told the Taos News.

The hard work was evident. Taos was able to retain the ball at the start of the match and, in the first minute, worked the ball past the Moriarty goalkeeper, Carlos Seifert, courtesy of a commanding strike from freshman Alex Waggoner after he was nicely set up by his teammate, Ricky Nichols.

Taos would get another shot on goal just a few minutes after its first. After a few flashy moves dribbling the ball, Waggoner found Keane Roske on a nice seam pass down the middle, but the attempt was handled by Moriarty's Seifert.

One of the Tigers' strong suits in the first half wasn't just the ability to control the ball, but their ability to contain any sort of offensive attack by the Pintos. That was due in large part to their defenders - Nichols and Sam Hastings - who thwarted any offensive attempt by Moriarty. Both played defense stellar, closing in on defenders with physicality and intercepting passes when it mattered most.

Taos found the back of the net again with about 10 minutes left in the first half when Nialo Kinney scored from the middle after there was commotion and confusion near the penalty area on Moriarty's part.

Then, with two minutes left before halftime, Nichols found the back of the net on a shot from the left side. The ball had hit the post, fumbled in the hands of the Moriarty keeper and rolled past him to make it 3-0.

Down three goals, Moriarty came out physical in the second half and played to its potential. Meanwhile, Taos tried to figure out how to newly defend a rejuvenated - and hungry - Pintos squad.

Pavel Arguello was able to get a shot on goal for Moriarty just a minute in, but it was beautifully deflected by Taos goalkeeper, Milo Collignon.

After the first 15 minutes in the second half, Taos started to figure out how to match Moriarty's physicality and, at the same time, play its style of soccer.

That trend led to a goal from Diego Salazar Behrens with 23 minutes left in the match to make it 4-0 Taos.

Moriarty then traded out Seifert for Isaac Dominguez, an eighth-grader, as goalkeeper after the fourth Taos goal.

Dominguez played well for the Pintos for about 20 minutes, until Taos found a piece of confidence in its offense toward the end of the match. With just under two minutes, the Tigers scored two goals - the first of which actually went off a Moriarty defender and into the net, and the final goal which came from Waggoner, who had split two defenders with his precise dribbling.

Taos (11-2-1, 2-1) then went on to win, 6-0. Both Waggoner and Nichols had two goals apiece.

Next for the Tigers is a rematch against Los Alamos on Thursday (Oct. 17) at home. Taos lost to the Hilltoppers on Oct. 8 on the road, 3-1.

Los Alamos currently sits atop the district with a 13-3 record overall and a 3-0 record in 4A District 2. The Hilltoppers recently defeated Pojoaque Valley on Oct. 15, 10-0, on the road.

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