FARMINGTON — Farmington High's girls soccer team notched a crucial district win against crosstown rival Piedra Vista thanks to a big game from Hannah Kelley.
The sophomore forward scored a pair of goals and assisted on a third as the Lady Scorpions defeated the Lady Panthers 3-1 on Tuesday at Piedra Vista High School.
"The confidence was high today. It's good to see we can score. That's a confidence booster," Kelley said.
Kelley put the Lady Scorps (10-6, 2-1 District 1-4A) on the board with a goal about 10 minutes into the game, then scored her second goal off a corner kick a couple of minutes before halftime to give FHS a 2-0 lead heading into the break.
The Lady Panthers (8-7, 1-2) cut into the FHS lead after a goal early in the second half by Jenna Brown.
FHS quickly responded, however, when Katelynn Flack scored on a cross from Kelley a few minutes later.
"She's an impact player," Gill said of Kelley. "When teams double team her, it opens things up for players like Katelynn. The rest of the girls have also stepped up, and it takes a team effort."
PV had a chance late in the contest to put a second goal on the board, but Sabrina Tornow had her penalty kicked saved.
The Lady Scorps dominated much of the possession and outshot PV 25-8 in the game.
Gill was happy with the way her offense created chances against the PV defense.
"To have a few more goals go in there is good to see. We should have had a few more, but that's how the ball bounces," Gill said.
PV will look to regroup from the disappointing outing against Farmington when they face Kirtland Central on Thursday.
"We had a couple of chances and didn't capitalize, but I think we just got flat outplayed. That's all there is to it," PV coach Ryan Mussett said. "We'll need to come out strong and get to 2-2 (in district) heading into the last week. It'll be tough because they'll come out hungry. We just have to come out and win, simple as that."
Farmington will face Aztec on Thursday with first place in the district on the line.
"Now we get to focus on Aztec again at home. It should be an even ball game," Gill said.
Aztec 2, Kirtland Central 1 2OT
For the third time in three district matches, Kirtland Central lost a tough game in overtime, while Aztec stayed unbeaten against its local rivals.
Hailey Morris scored a minute into double overtime on a rebound to give the Lady Tigers the win on Tuesday in Kirtland.
"I felt like we controlled the game, but we just had a hard time finishing," said Aztec head coach Stephen Parks.
Aztec (16-1, 3-0) scored about 10 minutes into the contest when Emily McDonald's goal gave the Lady Tigers a 1-0 lead.
The Lady Broncos (10-6, 0-3) tied the game up on a goal by Zoey Hooper with about 25 minutes left in regulation, before Morris finally wrapped up the game for Aztec in the second overtime.
Parks thought his team played well throughout the evening, but he knows they will need to convert their chances better when Aztec starts the second half of district play on Thursday with Farmington.
"It's absolutely essential to put them away," Parks said of the scoring chances. "Any given team on any given night can win a game in this district."
The Aztec game-winning goal was the 100th the Lady Tigers have scored this season.
Despite still being winless in district, KCHS head coach Leonel Camacho said his team is playing well and just needs to keep fighting.
"We lost another tough one, but there's no doubt that all four of us deserve to go to the playoffs," Camacho said. "I'm really proud of the girls, and we've just got to get ready for the next half."
Bloomfield 1, Bernalillo 0
The Lady Bobcats (6-11) got an early goal from junior Alyssia Page and hung on to defeat Bernalillo on Tuesday in Bloomfield.
Page scored the goal two minutes into the game, and the Bloomfield defense was able to contain the Lady Spartans (1-12).
"The girls are excited we're going into some critical games now as we try to make the playoffs," said Bloomfield head coach Kate Dunlap.
The Lady Bobcats have hit their stride this season and are on a four-game winning streak after struggling to start the year.
"The girls are playing the field and passing much better. Everyone has improved their soccer abilities exponentially this year," Dunlap said.
Bloomfield will get back into district play on Friday with Pojoaque Valley.