FARMINGTON — Aztec won another one-goal game to move to 2-0 in District 1-4A girls' soccer games.
The Lady Tigers (14-1 overall, 2-0 District 1-4A) defeated Piedra Vista 2-1 thanks to goals from Jessica Kresl and Rikki Newland.
"It is nice to be 2-0 in district, but you can never feel safe because every team in this district is dangerous," said Aztec head coach Stephen Parks.
Kresl scored just seven minutes into the game, and Newland followed with another goal just 13 minutes later. Aztec took a 2-0 lead into halftime.
Piedra Vista (8-6, 1-1) struck when Jade Santillanes scored on a header off a corner kick by Jenna Brown in the second half, but the Lady Panthers couldn't get a second goal in to equalize.
"Just that goal was enough for me. It was the most amazing goal I have ever seen in a high school girls soccer game," said PV coach Ryan Mussettt. "We got down early primarily due to a little bit of pregame jitters. Once we settled into the game, we were fine. Now the team knows they can play with Aztec."
Piedra Vista's starting goalkeeper was out on Thursday, and Mussett was impressed with the play of freshman Liann Harris in her place.
Parks thought his team did a good job controlling the ball, but the Lady Tigers couldn't tack on any extra goals in the second half.
"We controlled the pace of the game, but we couldn't finish in the second half even though we had several good looks," Parks said.
Aztec will play again Saturday against Hope Christian. Piedra Vista is off until next Tuesday when it faces rival Farmington High.
"The in-city rivalry games are always a different level. It should be another very tight battle," Mussett said.
Farmington 1, Kirtland Central 1, FHS wins in PKs
Another close District 1-4A girls soccer game was played on Thursday as Kirtland Central and Farmington High played through overtime and into penalty kicks.
Farmington High (9-6, 1-1) defeated Kirtland Central (10-5, 0-2) in penalty kicks at Hutchison Stadium. The Lady Scorpions beat the Lady Broncos 4-2 in penalty kicks after the game was tied 1-1 through two overtime periods.
Farmington High scored first on a goal by Hannah Kelley 15 minutes into the contest.
"It was a typical district match," FHS head coach Shannon Gill said.
Kirtland Central answered with a goal 10 minutes into the second half when Keisha Yellowhair scored with an assist from Temerae Blackwater.
It was the second close loss of the week for the Lady Broncos, who fell in overtime to Piedra Vista 2-1 in the district opener.
"We really have to claw our way back. We know we have the potential to play with any team in the district and the best teams in the state, but I am worried. We have to get some wins," said Kirtland Central head coach Leonel Camacho.
Farmington High plays Piedra Vista at home next Tuesday with both teams looking to improve to 2-1 in district. Kirtland Central will look for its first district win against unbeaten Aztec.
"We have to have a really good showing with Aztec. They better not look past us," Camacho said.
Shiprock 3, Bloomfield 0
Shiprock won its District 1-3A volleyball opener and sent Bloomfield to 0-2 in the process.
The Lady Chieftains (5-9, 1-0) beat Bloomfield (1-13, 0-2) 25-22 in all three sets to take the win.
"We played well. We are still looking to improve and not looking past any teams," said Shiprock head coach Rae Collins.
A year ago, Shiprock won the top-seed in the district tournament but was upset by the Lady Bobcats in the district championship game. Thursday was the first time the two teams have met since.
Ashley John had seven kills and 11 digs in the win for Shiprock. Shania Harry also had seven kills, as did Melyssa Harwoord. The Lady Chieftains combined for 31 kills in the match. Katura Garcia led the team with 16 assists, and Mariah Lee had another 15.
Bloomfield was led by Shania Gallegos' seven kills. Jessica Burnham had another six. Gabby Munoz recorded 18 digs to help cover the court, and Tashai Werito had 17 assists.
"Our play is improving with every match, but we have to find a way to finish a game when we have a lead," said Bloomfield head coach Tami Bekes. "We need to step our game up. We aren't giving up, and we are going to keep fighting."
Piedra Vista 3, Bayfield 2
For the second time this season, Piedra Vista and Bayfield, Colo., battled through five sets.
PV claimed both of those matches with another win at home on Thursday. The Lady Panthers (12-2) defeated Bayfield 23-25, 25-13, 25-20, 22-25 and 15-13.
"It was pretty intense," said PV head coach Ron Becker. "I would have liked to have swept Bayfield in three games, but they are a really good quality team. Those are the matches that make us better."
Becker said his team played too inconsistently, and he hopes the team plays more steadily when district games begin next week.
"We have been really up and down, just like we were at Monument Valley this week," he said. "I am not sure what is going on. Sometimes, we are on fire and make incredible plays, and then we do things we shouldn't."
Samantha Sofka led PV with 21 kills, despite missing some time in the game. Brittney Hutchison had another 13. Vanessa Harris led PV with 38 assists.
PV begins District 1-4A play next Tuesday at Kirtland Central.
Aztec 3, Pagosa Springs, Colo., 1
Aztec picked up its 10th win of the season on Thursday.
The Lady Tigers (10-3) won in four sets on the road at Pagosa Springs, Colo., on Thursday. Aztec took the match 25-20, 25-11, 22-25 and 25-23.
"We are just trying to get more confident and get our offense going," said Aztec head coach Anna Strauss. "We are fine tuning things and getting ready for our tough district that begins next week."
Aztec had 15 serving aces in the win. Madie Sims led the team with 11 kills wile Aubrey Folk had eight more.
The Lady Tigers begin the District 1-4A schedule next Tuesday against Farmington High.
Navajo Prep 3, Navajo Pine 0
Navajo Prep picked up its fifth district win of the season against rival Navajo Pine.
The Lady Eagles (8-3, 5-1 District 1-2A) defeated the Warriors 25-20, 25-10 and 25-9. Keona Leano had 17 assists in the game, and Khadija Jackson had another 10. Jasmine Coleman covered the floor with 17 digs and 15 kills.
"We are playing a lot more consistent," said Prep head coach Rainy Crisp. "We have a big week next week with Crownpoint and Ramah, so we hope to keep this momentum going."John Livingston can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org; 505-564-4648. Follow him on Twitter @jlivi2.