FARMINGTON — San Juan County soccer teams learned their playoff fates on Sunday as the New Mexico Activities Association released the state tournament brackets.
In the 4A girls bracket, Farmington and Aztec were each awarded a first-round bye after strong regular seasons.
FHS (13-6) was awarded the No. 2 seed after winning the District 1-4A title on a goal-differential tiebreaker over Aztec.
"It's a tremendous honor. It goes to show how hard the girls have worked and hopefully, we can go out and back up the seeding they gave us," said FHS head coach Shannon Gill.
The Lady Scorpions will face the winner of No. 7 Goddard (12-8) and No. 10 Valencia (13-6) on Nov. 7 in Albuquerque.
Goddard won the Distict 4-4A title, while Valencia took third in District 6-4A.
FHS didn't play either team during the regular season, but Gill expects a tough game from the team that advances.
"We better get ready regardless of who we play," Gill said.
Aztec (18-2) was seeded just behind Farmington at No. 3 and will face either No. 6 Los Alamos or No. 11 Piedra Vista in the quarterfinals.
"I pretty much figured that's where we'd end up," said Aztec head coach Stephen Parks. "I was pretty confident given the criteria that the NMAA uses we'd be No. 3."
Aztec and FHS could potentially meet for a fourth time this season in the semifinals if the seedings hold, but neither team is looking past their first game.
"If we both make it that far, it will be one of the toughest games either of us have played, but we can't afford to look that far ahead," Gill said.
PV (9-11) received a tough draw with a road game against Los Alamos (10-10) in the first round.
The Lady Hilltoppers won the District 2-4A title and defeated the Lady Panthers 4-0 in their only matchup this season on Oct. 19.
Kirtland Central (10-10) was left out of the field despite being ranked in the top 12 in the MaxPreps rankings for the entire season after going winless in district play.
The Farmington High boys received the No. 3 seed after winning the district title.
FHS (13-6) will draw the winner of No. 6 Los Alamos (10-10) and No. 11 Centennial (13-7).
"We're very excited," said FHS head coach Byron Farnsworth. "I feel like the bye is justified. The biggest focus was peaking at the right time. The boys have put in a quality amount of work. The potential is there. We have that potential to make a run."
In the 3A/A bracket, both the Bloomfield boys and girls made the field.
The Bobcat boys earned the No. 7 seed after finishing a perfect district season.
Bloomfield (14-6) will host No. 10 Hatch Valley (8-9) in the first round in a game likely scheduled for Saturday.
"We've never played them so I'm not sure what to expect," said head coach Jarly Lopez. "I'd have liked to get the No. 6 seed, but it's a lot better seeding than we've got in the past."
The winner of Bloomfield's first round match will advance to face No. 2 Bosque (17-3).
The Lady Bobcats (9-11) were the final team in the girls bracket at No. 12 and will travel to play No. 5 Bosque (10-9) in the first round.
"We're very excited to be in. Now it's just a matter of preparing for Bosque," said head coach Kate Dunlap.
The winner will play No. 4 Taos (13-3) in the quarterfinals.
Piedra Vista coach Ryan Mussett was unavailable for comment by press time.