FARMINGTON — The District 1-4A girls' soccer title came down to a tiebreaker on Thursday night.
When it was all said and done, the Farmington Lady Scorpions were crowned champions thanks to a goal differential tiebreaker throughout the district season. The Lady Scorps (13-6 overall, 5-1 District 1-4A) finished ahead of the Aztec Lady Tigers (18-2, 5-1) after defeating Piedra Vista 4-2 on Thursday night. Aztec defeated Kirtland Central 1-0.
"What a great night. To finish the season under the lights on our home field against our rival and to finish as district champs, it was extra special," said FHS head coach Shannon Gill. "Our whole district has accomplished a lot this year. Every one is prepared, and all four of us should make it to state, in my opinion."
Aztec head coach Stephen Parks said it is frustrating to lose the district on a tiebreaker, especially after losing just two games all season.
"Nobody as a coach or player wants to see it come down to a tiebreaker. You want to win it outright. Sometimes, that is just how it has to go," Parks said. "We have to take it with a grain of salt. Congrats to Farmington. They got it. Now, we just have to prepare for state. When we get there, we have to win regardless of who we play."
Katelynn Flack, Hannah Kelley, Mikayala Aragon and Ashton Staley all scored on Thursday night for Farmington. Megan Roth and Sabrina Tornow scored for Piedra Vista (9-10, 2-4).
PV interim coach Ryan Mussett was proud of his team's effort against Farmington High,and hopes his team will get a chance to keep playing in the state tournament.
"I think we have a good chance. The district was super tight, just like last year when we made it in after going only 1-5 in district. We still made the playoffs last year, too," Mussett said. "It is disappointing we couldn't beat Farmington, but FHS is a great team that has a chance to win state. The girls played their hearts out and left it on the field, and I couldn't ask for more."
Aztec's Kayli Farmer scored the only goal for the Lady Tigers on Thursday night, but it may have been enough to spoil the playoff hopes of Kirtland Central (10-10, 0-6).
"We definitely made a difference in the district, even though we didn't win a game," said Kirtland Central head coach Leonel Camacho. "Farmington couldn't have been district champs without our tough play against Aztec. We were factors, without a doubt.
"I don't see how the seeding committee could keep us out of the playoffs, but they have to follow rules and let all the district champs in, even though we would easily beat some of those district champs. Because those teams down south get in, we may lose a spot."
Despite losing to PV twice in district, Camacho believes his team should get in ahead of the Lady Panthers.
"My concern is if PV gets in ahead of us. They will have a losing record overall and more goals scored against them in the state and in district than us," Camacho said.
All four coaches hope their teams will make it to the state tournament. Gill wants her team to earn a No. 2 seed, which Aztec would have certainly been awarded if the Lady Tigers had won the district. Gill also hopes her team and Aztec can end up on opposite sides of the bracket to create the potential for the two teams to meet in the state title match.
"It would be awesome for this part of the world to have two teams in the state title game," Gill said. "I think they have to put all four of us in, and that would give us a great shot of that happening. Even if they put Kirtland Central and Piedra Vista in at lower seeds, let them go out there and show what they can do."John Livingston can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org; 505-564-4648. Follow him on Twitter @jlivi2.