Piedra Vista escapes with overtime win against Bloomfield
FARMINGTON — Piedra Vista picked up its first win of the season in dramatic fashion, topping Bloomfield 3-2 in overtime Tuesday at the Piedra Vista soccer fields.
A few minutes into overtime, PV's Ryan Shaffer ended the game when the Bloomfield keeper couldn't handle the Panther's strike at the goal and the ball made its way into the net.
"I'm happy about the win, but we need to work harder," PV assistant coach Shaun Taylor said. "If we're going to be a threat in the district, we need to have better possessions and put more pressure on the opposing team. It's a good win for us. It's our first win of the season, and it's good to get it, but we have to step it up."
The first half of the match was played evenly, with the two sides splitting the time of possession and scoring opportunities.
In the second half, the Panthers (1-5) applied the pressure the coaching staff was looking for and controlled the play.
Sammy Gutierrez scored both goals for the Bobcats (4-2), the first in the sixth minute to give Bloomfield the 1-0 lead and later, with nine minutes remaining, to tie at 2-2.
"I feel like in the second half the boys kind of had their heads down," Bloomfield head coach Scott Reid said. "When we came back and tied it, I thought it would give them more energy, but it seemed like they were content with tying, and it came back to bite us in the butt."
PV's Angel Flores netted two goals for the Panthers, converting on a penalty kick in the first half and then finding the net again midway through the second half.
PV will play again Saturday at Rehoboth Christian (4-0).
Bloomfield will host Aztec (4-1) on Thursday for the Bobcats' first home match of the season.
Aztec 5, Belen 4
Aztec (4-1) blew a 4-0 lead and allowed Belen (1-3) to come back and tie the match before Riley Barber put in the game-winner to give the Tigers a 5-4 victory Tuesday in Belen.
On the game-winning goal, Talon Ketring played a cross into the box where Barber got the back of his heel on the ball to put it past the keeper.
"We came out a little flat, but then went up 4-0," Aztec head coach Steve Scales said. "Then we lost focus. But, luckily, we got it back, and Riley got us a great goal."
Scales said dropping the four-goal lead was a combination of losing focus and suffering a couple of injuries during the match.
Bailey Watkins finished the day with three goals, while Ketring added a goal to go with his assist.
The Tigers will be back on the road Thursday, traveling to Bloomfield to face the Bobcats (4-2).
Scales said he wants his team to come out focused and ready to go against the Bobcats while maintaining better control in the midfield.
Piedra Vista 5, Bloomfield 1
Piedra Vista kept rolling through the early part of its schedule, knocking off Bloomfield 5-1 Tuesday at the Piedra Vista soccer fields.
While pleased to get a win, PV head coach Adam Huff said it wasn't the best his team could have played.
"We didn't have intensity early," Huff said. "I thought we were very lackadaisical at the beginning and didn't have a focus to finish. I think that was the biggest thing."
Bloomfield (0-4) took the 1-0 lead when Teagan Mosley found the back of the net in the ninth minute. But PV (3-1) scored twice, getting goals from Natalie Martin and LisaMarie Jones midway through the first half to take the lead.
The second half was all PV with the Lady Panthers keeping the action in Bloomfield's half of the field and finding the net three times to secure the win. Martin, Makeyan Kalmbach and Cheyenne Montano scored in the second half.
Despite the loss, Bloomfield head coach Shannon Nygren said she was proud of her team.
"I'm extremely proud. It was 5-1, but two of those goals we gave them," Nygren said. "We're struggling in the second half, that's where we're trying to find our momentum, but today I couldn't be more proud. They did great."
PV will travel to Albuquerque on Thursday to take on Hope Christian (1-0).
Bloomfield's next match is scheduled for Sept. 11, when the team heads to Albuquerque to meet Sandia Prep (2-1).
Aztec 10, Kirtland Central 0
Aztec (4-1) dominated Kirtland Central (3-3) in a 10-0 victory that stopped via the mercy rule about midway through the second half on Tuesday at the Tiger Sports Complex in Aztec.
"Our girls played well. I was excited about how they stayed disciplined throughout the whole game," Aztec head coach Kelly Kelso said. "We had good service from the outside and pushed it to the middle. We did a lot of things we've been working on. Today definitely helped our confidence, scoring-wise."
Ashlyn Bradley led Aztec with four goals, while Paige Adair finished with three of her own.
Aztec controlled the vast majority of the match with the Lady Broncos only getting one shot on goal against the Lady Tigers defense.
Kirtland Central will host Farmington (4-0) on Thursday.
Aztec will play at Bernalillo (0-2-1) on Thursday before a key match against defending state champion St. Pius X.