AZTEC — There was just no stopping St. Pius X girls soccer forward Tatiana Limon on Saturday afternoon.
Aztec was a bit dinged up coming into the Lady Tiger Shootout Tournament final at the Aztec Tiger Sports Complex, but the host team still played a solid game against the Sartans. However, a hat trick by Limon was more than enough for Pius to win 3-0 and claim the tourney title.
"We were basically trying to cut down the service to her," Aztec coach Kelly Kelso said of his defensive adjustments on Limon. "Our center back, Kylie Brown, was injured today. We then lost another center back in the second half. So we had two central defenders who don't play there very much trying to slow down a good athlete like that."
The Lady Tigers played St. Pius tough for the first 30 minutes of the half, with both teams jockeying for firm possession of the ball to little success.
The teams reeled off a few shots apiece, but it wasn't until the 12-minute mark that the scoreless tie was broken, as Limon scored her first goal of the day.
The 1-0 score would stick for another 20 minutes into the second half until Limon struck again. She scored on a floating ball from well outside of the box that soared over the head of Aztec netminder Elana Kresl and dropped into the net.
With 4:55 remaining, Limon sealed the deal by scoring for the third time.
Kelso said he thought his team played an impressive brand of soccer against a perennial state title contender in St. Pius.
"We had some opportunities in the second half; I think we were starting to break them down a bit," he said. "But we learned a little bit by watching their back line today. We'll break down the film for when we play them again in a couple of weeks."
The next game on Aztec's schedule will be a home game against Los Lunas on Thursday. The Lady Tigers will face off with St. Pius again on Saturday, Sept. 5.
Piedra Vista 1, Los Lunas 0
The Lady Panthers (1-1) came away with from the Lady Tiger Shootout with a 1-0 win over Los Lunas (1-2) in the third-place match Saturday afternoon at the Aztec Sports Complex.
Despite controlling the game from the start, PV couldn't convert its scoring opportunities.
"We dominated most of the game," head coach Adam Huff said. "We had plenty of chances, we just couldn't put it in the net."
The Lady Panthers finally broke through with about three minutes left in the match.
After drawing a free kick, PV's Hannah Sayyeau put a shot on goal that was blocked, but Makeyan Kalmbach put the rebound in the back of the net to break the scoreless tie.
PV kept the Los Lunas attack in check the entire game, stifling any offensive threat from the Lady Tigers.
PV will host Kirtland Central (2-1) on Tuesday.
Kirtland Central 2, Bloomfield 1
The Lady Broncos and the Lady Bobcats got a little taste of what District 1-4A has in store later this season after the two squads met in the consolation final of the Lady Tiger Shootout in Aztec.
With regulation coming to an end with a 1-1 tie, KC (2-1) picked up the win in a shootout, beating Bloomfield (0-2) 5-4.
"I felt like we dominated the game, we just didn't execute on the chances we had," Lady Broncos head coach Chad Kimball said. "We could have had a few easy goals that we didn't capitalize on, but I've got to hand it to Bloomfield. They really stepped up their game, and I think they're going to be a lot better than they were last year."
The Lady Bobcats won't play again until Sept. 12 when they host Bosque (0-0) to open their district schedule.
The Lady Broncos will be back on the field Tuesday, traveling to Farmington to meet Piedra Vista (1-1).
"PV is a lot bigger school, but we always seem to hang with them," Kimball said. "It would be huge for our girls if we're able to come out of there with a win."
Farmington 3, Los Alamos 1
The Lady Scorpions (1-0) started their season on a high note, besting Los Alamos (0-1) 3-1 Saturday afternoon in Los Alamos.
The FHS attack was on point, putting nine shots on goal in the match.
Senior Hannah Kelly led the way for Farmington, finding the back of the net twice while fellow senior Alissa Montoya scored the other goal.
Sophomore Arin Coleman recorded two assists for the Lady Scorps in the win.
But it wasn't all offense for FHS, as goalkeeper Bailey Carter made four saves on the day.
FHS head coach Shannon Gill said the match was a great way to start the season.
The Lady Scorps will be off until Friday, when they meet Bosque in the first round of the Taos Tournament.
Karl Schneider contributed to this article.