FARMINGTON — The Farmington Scorpions had no problem beating crosstown rival Piedra Vista on Tuesday.
The Scorps defeated the Panthers 2-0 thanks to goals from Jorge Chavira and Isaac Valencia.
"I am very happy with the way the guys are playing," said FHS head coach Byron Farnsworth. "We are getting rid of the little mistakes and improving every single game. Jorge is also turning into a great forward for us."
FHS (9-5, 2-0 District 1-4A) scored 15 minutes into the game when Chavira put in his fifth goal of the season. Piedra Vista (7-9, 1-1) had a few good chances to score late in the first half, but the Panthers couldn't get anything past FHS goalkeeper Connor Tornquist, who made 11 saves in the game.
"After we got our first goal, we relaxed too much. We played good soccer, but we didn't possess the ball great like we did the rest of the game," Farnsworth said. "The entire second half, I felt like we completely controlled the game."
Valencia added the Scorps' second goal in the final six minutes of the game. FHS had a few other chances to score but ripped two shots off the cross bar and sent two rebounds just wide of the net.
PV head coach Pablo Quintana knew the game would be close and that whoever scored first would likely win the game.
"We had chances, but sometimes the ball doesn't go in. You never know what is going to happen, but I thought it was a good loss," Quintana said. "It is all about experience."
Quintana said his team gained the knowledge it needed to be able to beat FHS when the Scorps visit the Panthers on Oct. 24.
"We can now practice the things we need to do to beat them at home. Today, we learned how to beat FHS," he said.
PV will play again on Saturday at home against Los Alamos. The No. 6 Scorpions will host No. 1 Albuquerque Academy on Saturday after facing Aztec on Thursday.
"We have had that game circled on the calendar," Farnsworth said of the Albuquerque Academy game. "They are the top teams in the state, and they have played St. Pius X and Capital just like we have. We won't overlook Aztec because it is an opportunity to work some kinks out and continue to improve, but the Academy game is huge."
Bloomfield 10, Bernalillo 1
The Bobcats won their seventh consecutive game on Tuesday.
Bloomfield (10-5, 7-0 District A-AAA) defeated Bernalillo 10-1 at home. Raul Fonseca scored five goals to lead the Bobcats.
"The boys are playing pretty well right now," said BHS coach Scott Reed. "There is still a lot of room for improvement, but the team is coming together."
Sergio Payan added a goal and an assist for Bloomfield. Samuel Gutierrez and Amadio Gonzalez also scored goals.
The Bobcats resume district play on Friday at home against Pojoaque Valley. The Bobcats are 6-2 at home this season.John Livingston can be reached at email@example.com; 505-564-4648. Follow him on Twitter @jlivi2.