School soccer

Moreno Valley Timberwolves take advantage of free kick and corner to win in Questa

By Chap Grubb
For The Taos News
Posted 10/25/18

The game started out fast. Eleven minutes in, the Wildcats fouled the Timberwolves toward the top of the box.

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School soccer

Moreno Valley Timberwolves take advantage of free kick and corner to win in Questa

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It was a brisk, overcast Monday afternoon (Oct. 22) as the Questa Wildcats faced off the Moreno Valley Timberwolves in a balanced soccer match that would conclude 2-0 for the T-wolves.

Both teams have had similar seasons thus far and are looking to finish the season with a few big wins. in a moderately rainy affair on the turf, Coaches Bill Macdonald (Questa) and Billy Pepper (Moreno Valley) were eager to get their teams fired up for this chilly evening match.

The game started out fast. Eleven minutes in, the Wildcats fouled the Timberwolves toward the top of the box. Andrea Fringuelli, stepped up to take the 25-yard free kick. Sneaking the ball on the inside of the Wildcats defensive wall, Fringuelli drilled it behind the Questa freshman goalie Matthew Rael.

This lit a fire under the home team, who followed up with some serious offensive pressure. Zach Waltz led the charge with three additional shots around the 20-minute mark.

It took a great defensive effort from the Moreno Valley squad to get the ball out of bounds and find their match-ups again. The T-wolves offense took the control back at 28 minutes, forcing the freshman goalie to come up with a huge sliding save one-on-one against a well-placed through ball.

Both teams went back and forth until the halftime whistle when the Questa Wildcats celebrated their Parent Appreciation night. The team called out each player and parent by name and offered a white rose as a thank you for their support. There were many touching moments as players said thank you for the support all year.

The second half whistle blew and the Wildcats looked inspired after their pep talk. The Timberwolves played defense while the Wildcats aggressively stole the ball back and pushed it down the field.

The best one-on-one matchup of the night was watching seniors Fringuelli (Timberwolves sweeper) and Dominic Torres (Wildcats forward) duke it out through the second half. While Torres broke down the pitch a handful of times, his shots were always challenged by Fringuelli. The competitors fought hard and the battle climaxed at 67 minutes when Torres had an opportunity to get the ball in the net during a mad scrum missing the post by a hair.

Despite a strong effort from the Questa defensive unit, led by Aidan Macdonald, the Questa team could not slow down the speed of the Timberwolves. The T-wolves pressured the Wildcat defense often during the second half, letting their fast front chase down the balls. Moreno Valley's striker, Icelynn Hutchinson, clinched the victory with a beautiful header off a corner kick.

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