FARMINGTON — The big Albuquerque Academy soccer tournament began on Thursday, and both Farmington High teams opened with quality wins.
The Farmington boys team (4-1) defeated Sandia Prep in penalty kicks in a game that was tied 1-1 after regulation, and the Lady Scorpions (5-0) defeated Los Alamos 2-1.
It was the second win of the season for the Lady Scorps against an always tough Hilltoppers' team.
"It is a great confidence builder," said Farmington High girls coach Shannon Gill.
Katelynn Flack had a goal and an assist on another goal scored by Hannah Kelley in the win.
In the boys' game, Nathaniel Pavlik scored a goal in regulation to force overtime. The Scorps defeated Sandia Prep in penalties 3-2.
"It was an overall nice performance. It was a very physical game," said FHS boys' coach Byron Farnsworth. "We had five fouls in the game, and they had over 20. Both team's keepers played great."
Sandia Prep's lone goal came on a direct kick.
"That was our one little lapse. We had 20 shots on goal ourselves, but we didn't quite put them away," Farnsworth said.
The FHS boys will play Las Cruces in the second round at 2:30 p.m. today. Farnsworth called it a big game against the Bulldawgs, who beat Los Alamos on Thursday.
The Lady Scorps will face Aztec in a District 1-4A rivalry game.
"It doesn't really matter who we play. We are just looking for a good game and to continue to make improvements," Gill said. "It is still early in the season."
Aztec (8-0) defeated Las Cruces' Onate High School 10-0 in the first round to advance to face Farmington High.
"We are playing well as a team, and I feel like we are starting to click pretty good," said Aztec head coach Stephen Parks. "FHS has also been playing well and has beat Los Alamos twice now. I feel like it's going to be a battle. We are definitely going to have to be on our game."
Kirtland Central 2, Gallup 0
The Lady Broncos notched a road victory against Gallup on Thursday.
"They played a very deceptive game and made us try different things," said KCHS head coach Leonel Camacho.
Zoey Hooper opened the scoring for KCHS (7-2) with a goal a minute and a half into the game.
Deena Charley tacked on the second during the second half on a free kick at the 55-minute mark.
Goalkeeper Megan Silversmith kept a clean sheet for the Lady Broncos with a pair of saves.
KCHS will be in action against Bloomfield on Thursday at home.
"Bloomfield beat Gallup, too, so we just need to continue to perform. We don't want to overlook them, and we should dominate that game," Camacho said.
Farmington 3, Pagosa Springs, Colo. 0
Farmington High stayed unbeaten with a straight-set victory over Pagosa Springs, Colo.
FHS (3-0) won 25-13, 26-24, 25-14, and head coach Dan Hickman was impressed with his team's place, especially during a close second set.
"When we got down in the second game, they didn't let it get them down," Hickman said. "We had an eight-point deficit, but they came out and climbed out of it. We're a more mature team and keep our emotions under control."
The Lady Scorps continue their season today at the Piedra Vista Invite.
"We have St. Pius in the morning, and they'll be running a lot faster game than what we played tonight. We want to take it step by step. They're a great team," Hickman said. "We've got Cortez in there, too. If we can get in the top 2 and get in the gold bracket, that'd be great."