FARMINGTON — Both the Piedra Vista boys' and girls' soccer teams picked up victories against Bloomfield on Tuesday.
The PV boys (4-6) defeated the Bobcats 5-2 behind three goals from Beau Velarde. The Lady Panthers (6-4) defeated the Lady Bobcats 5-0.
Bloomfield boys' coach Jarly Lopez said the Bobcats (2-4) just couldn't slow down Velarde.
“We came out ready to play, but we couldn't control Beau,” Lopez said. “Once he got a hold of us, he started scoring with ease. We could not defend his runs.”
Lopez said he tried a new formation with his back row, and Velarde exploited that by getting past the defenders.
“Our experience playing that formation is low, but it is something I wanted to try going into district play to help us generate some scoring opportunities,” Lopez said.
Also scoring for the PV boys was Adam Rodriguez and Kalani Aligergarbes.
“It was a tough game. We showed improvement like we have so far throughout the season,” said PV head coach Pablo Quintana. “We still are not where we want to be when we play Farmington or to have a shot in state. We have to continue working hard to be where we want.”
Bloomfield had a goal scored by Gage Kreilick, and PV had an own-goal to score for Bloomfield.
“We broke down in a few places, but, hopefully, we got those out of the way and we make it through this week and get to Taos for a district game on Saturday,” Lopez said.
In the girls' game, Piedra Vista controlled the ball to take a 5-0 win. Jenna Brown scored two goals for the Lady Panthers, as did Jade Santillanes. Toni Taylor scored once. Brown also had three assists in the game, and Sabrina Tornow had another assist.
“We played very well and passed the ball around well. We could have been better, but I am happy with the overall team performance,” said PV girls' coach Shaun Taylor.
Kate Dunlap, head coach of the Lady Bobcats (1-5), said the game was very physical.
“Our girls aren't used to playing that kind of game.
Farmington 5, Miyamura 1
Two tough losses over the weekend didn't deter the Farmington High Lady Scorpions from coming out strong against weaker competition on Tuesday.
The No. 3-ranked Lady Scorps (6-2) defeated Miyamura 5-1 in their first home game of the season. Hannah Kelley led Farmington with three goals, and Arin Coleman and Katelynn Flack each scored once. Flack also had an assist in the game.
The loss snapped a two-game losing streak in which FHS fell to No. 2 Aztec and No. 4 Albuquerque Academy.
“It was weird playing a home game,” joked Farmington High head coach Shannon Gill. “After the conditions and adversity we faced last weekend playing and coming up short in a few games, it was good to rebound and continue to keep trying and play good offense. We weren't out there feeling sorry for ourselves.”
Gill called Tuesday's game a good tune-up before the Lady Scorps face No. 1 St. Pius X on Saturday on the road.
Aztec 10, Gallup 0
Six times in 11 games this year, the No. 2 Aztec Lady Tigers have won 10-0 via mercy rule.
Hailey Morris scored four goals on Tuesday at Gallup as she added to her state high in goals scored. That total now stands at 23. Morris also had an assist in the 10-0 win against the Bengals.
Also scoring for Aztec was Emiley McDonald, Lacy Garcia, Rikki Newland, Paige Adair, Devyn Martinez and Jessica Kresl.
“There is always room to improve, but the team is doing a great job playing as a team and staying focused,” said Aztec head coach Stephen Parks. “We just want to maintain the intensity and play one game at a time.”
Aztec will host Miyamura on Thursday, and then the team has more than two weeks off before playing No. 1 St. Pius X on Oct. 5.
Farmington 3, Bayfield 1
Farmington High picked up yet another big victory on Tuesday night to continue a solid start to the 2013 campaign.
The Lady Scorpions (5-1-1) defeated Bayfield, Colo., in four sets at home on Tuesday. Farmington won the games 25-14, 16-25, 25-20 and 25-20.
“That was a good win for us. The girls showed consistent play. It was a big deal because Bayfield has always been a strong team up in Colorado,” said FHS head coach Dan Hickman.
Lydia Bryom had a big game for the Lady Scorps with 13 kills. Sarah Long added another nine kills. Setter Ashley Schultz had 33 assists, including 13 in the fourth set.
“JoJo Curry also had a big game and came to life when we needed her to. Her biggest role was shutting down Bayfield's middle hitter, the 6-foot-5 gal,” Hickman said. “I really felt that our defense with blocks and digs was our strong point. Defense is carrying us right now. We have tenacity and won't quit.”
Farmington High will play in the big Santa Fe tournament this weekend. The Lady Scorps open in pool play against defending 3A champion Pojoaque Valley.
“Pojoaque is coached by Eric Zamora, who I used to coach with,” Hickman said. “They are looking really good right now. I told the girls to come out and give me a gift in that one by taking Pojoaque out.”
Hickman said the team is a little shocked over its stellar play so far this year, but the players are still taking it one game at a time and not looking too far ahead.
Piedra Vista 3, Pagosa Springs 0
Piedra Vista is out to a perfect 5-0 start this season.
The Lady Panthers picked up another victory at home on Tuesday night against Pagosa Springs, Colo., winning in three games. The scores were 25-6, 25-17 and 25-7.
“It was tough to get the girls fired up and going,” said PV head coach Ron Becker. “We played real steady.”
Samantha Sofka led PV with 11 kills, while Haleigh Lovato had another five. Setter Vanessa Harris had 26 assists.
“Harris also served very well in the third game. She was serving while we went up 13-0 or 14-0 in that last game,” Becker said.
PV is off until Friday morning when it begins play in the Santa Fe tournament.
“We are definitely focused on this weekend. There is a chance we see Farmington or Pojoaque in the first round of bracket play. Both of those teams are playing great, so we will see,” Becker said.
Kirtland Central 3, Gallup 0
Kirtland Central improved to 4-2 this season with a three-set victory Tuesday at home against Gallup.
The Lady Broncos defeated the Lady Bengals 25-19, 27-25 and 25-16 to take the win.
Keeshawna Ockerman led the Lady Broncos with 15 kills. Marley Max added another nine, and Georgia Willie had five.
“The girls played pretty good. Our serving was good, and we passed the ball pretty good, too,” said KCHS head coach Brian Joe. “We started hitting the ball out of bounds a bit, so we have to work on that, as well as communicating better as a team. Overall, I was happy to pull out the win in three.”
Kirtland will play in the Bloomfield tournament this weekend. Joe hopes the team can keep improving as they build toward the district season.
“It is looking like our district will be pretty tough this year with PV, Farmington and Aztec,” Joe said. “We just want to play like what we have worked on in practice and play as a team.”
Navajo Prep 3, Navajo Pine 0
The Lady Eagles opened the District 1-2A volleyball season with a convincing win against a rival.
Navajo Prep (5-1 overall, 1-0 District 1-2A) defeated Navajo Pine in three games at home on Tuesday night. The Lady Eagles won the games 25-13, 25-16 and 25-16.
It was a big win for the Lady Eagles after they took fifth at the Hope Christian tournament following a first-round loss to Grants. Navajo Prep went on to beat Laguna Acoma and Thoreau.
“Coming out of the Hope Christian Invite and not performing the way we wanted to, it was great to get back on the court and shake it off,” said Prep head coach Rainy Crisp.
Jasmine Coleman led Navajo Prep with nine kills and four blocks. Keona Leano had 17 assists.
The Lady Eagles are back in action Thursday at Crownpoint.
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