FARMINGTON — In a battle of the top two 4A girls' soccer teams, No. 1 St. Pius X emerged victorious against No. 2 Aztec.
The Lady Tigers dropped the match 4-1 to the Lady Sartans on Saturday in Albuquerque.
The game was Aztec's first in 16 days, and Lady Tigers head coach Stephen Parks thought the team was a little rusty early in the contest.
"I'm sure it could of had an effect," Parks said. "But we struggled in the first half to put together any kind of offense, which caused our defense to have to work overtime to keep up."
The team played better in the second half but was unable to convert any chances as St. Pius (13-1) pulled away.
"We came out in the second half and settled down a little bit and began to have some success," Parks said. "But we game up a transition goal and then another with about two minutes left in the game."
Kayli Farmer scored the lone goal for Aztec (12-1) in the loss.
The Lady Tigers will look to move on from the loss as they open the district slate with Farmington on Tuesday.
"This is one of those times we need to put this one behind us and focus on district on Tuesday," Parks said. "Maybe we'll get another chance to play them down the road."
Bloomfield 3, Santa Fe Indian 0
The Lady Bobcat grabbed a shut victory at home against the Lady Braves (1-10) on Saturday.
Bloomfield (3-11) got a pair of goals from Teagan Mosley and one from Alyssia Page in the win.
"The girls did really well," said Bloomfield head coach Kate Dunlap. "All of our midfielders and forwards and even some of our defenders were getting shots on goal."
The Lady Bobcats will play again on Friday when they host Moreno Valley.
"The teamwork has increased throughout the season," Dunlap said. "They are working well together and communicating a lot more."
Sandia Prep 9, Navajo Prep 0
The Lady Eagles had a tough match against the defending 3A/A champion Sandia Prep (8-4), falling at home 9-0.
In the defeat, head coach Stacy Irwin saw a couple of good things from his squad.
"Playing against the defending state champions, our goal was to not get 10-pointed, and they got the job done," Irwin said. "We took them the full 80 minutes. We're still learning, but we're playing a lot better together even though the score didn't show it."
Prep (0-9) will continue its season on Saturday at home against Bosque.
Farmington 3, Bernalillo 0
The Lady Scorpions continued their strong season with a 25-10, 25-19, 25-18 straight set victory at Bernalillo (4-8) on Saturday.
Senior Sarah Long led FHS (10-2) with 14 kills, while junior Lydia Byrom added eight.
Senior Ashley Schultz had 32 assists and 19 digs for FHS in the victory.
Lady Scorpions head coach Dan Hickman was impressed by his team's serving in the match as FHS committed only two errors from the service line in three sets.
"It's good knowing we've got the confidence, and best of all, their confidence is continually growing," Hickman said.
FHS will conclude its non-district schedule with its next match on Saturday against 3A No. 1 Hope Christian before opening up District 1-4A play at Aztec on Oct. 15.
"I think the district will be tough with PV, Aztec and Kirtland. Those matches will be fun to watch," Hickman said.