AZTEC — The Aztec boys soccer team played well in its first tournament of the 2015 season — just not well enough to come away with its first trophy.
Against Lovington on Saturday at Hartman Park, the host Tigers cut a two-goal deficit in half late in the game, but they ultimately fell short. The Wildcats' 3-2 win brought them the Tiger Shootout Tournament trophy.
Playing for the third time in two days, Aztec struck first when Riley Barber scored less than a minute into the game.
The first half was all downhill from there for the Tigers, as mental errors caused them to cough up the lead, according to Aztec coach Stephen Scales.
"We come out and scored first right off the bat and then back-to-back mental breakdowns led to (Lovington) getting two back," Scales said. "We just couldn't come back from those mistakes."
A little less than minutes into the second half, Lovington was awarded a penalty kick, which the team cashed in on to make it a 3-1 game. Scales said his team was guilty of causing the free kick.
"That was just a professional foul on that play," he said. "It was going to be a goal regardless. It was a professional foul."
Barber responded 10 minutes later with a hard strike off a set piece that found the back of the net for his second goal of the day.
Down by only one goal with 20 minutes remaining in the second half at that point, the Aztec offense couldn't make a legitimate push to tie the game.
"It's been a long weekend, and we're just trying to get the legs under the boys," Scales said. "We played really well as a whole. But three games in two days can take a lot out of you. We just couldn't get anything going there at the end."
The Tigers will get to rest until Thursday, when they host Grants.
Bloomfield 3, Miyamura 0
The Bobcats picked up a big win Saturday, topping Miyamura in the third-place game of the Tiger Shootout at Hartman Park in Aztec.
Bloomfield head coach Scott Reid said the Bobcats responded well after playing two games Friday and got back to the style of play he is looking for.
"Yesterday was kind of tough playing two games almost back to back in one day. You could see some of those first-game jitters," Reid said. "Today you could tell the boys were much more relaxed. We got back to the style of play we like, passing the ball around."
Sammy Gutierrez finished the day with two goals, while senior Edgar Martinez found the back of the net, as well.
Bloomfield will be back in action Tuesday when its plays Robertson in Bernalillo.
Hope Christian 5, Piedra Vista 2
The Huskies (1-0) handed the Panthers (0-2) their second loss in as many days, beating them 5-2 Saturday at the PV soccer fields.
Hope scored three goals in the first half to take a commanding lead.
The two sides traded pairs of goals in the second half.
PV head coach Pat Denney did not return phone calls to comment on the match.
The Panthers will be back in action Friday, facing Goddard in the first round of the Los Alamos tournament.
Karl Schneider contributed to this article.