Aztec boys top Bloomfield 3-2 in overtime, Farmington girls stay undefeated with 8-0 win over KCHS
FARMINGTON —It's been an unlucky week for the Bloomfield boys soccer team.
Just like against Piedra Vista on Tuesday, the Bobcats lost 3-2 in overtime. And just like against PV, a shot bounced off a Bobcat goalkeeper's hands and into the net to end the game.
With that bounce, Aztec (5-1) beat Bloomfield (4-3) at Bobcat Stadium.
"Two tough losses like that in one week, it's really hard to swallow," Bloomfield coach Scott Reid said. "At the same time, in a week or two, I think it'll be a positive for our team because we'll have more poise going into tough games like this."
Bloomfield actually held a 2-0 lead until late in the first half.
Twelve minutes into the second half and trailing 2-1, Aztec's Bailey Watkins scored for the second time on a through ball to make it 2-2.
Reid said his team "didn't play particularly special in overtime," and it was Aztec that played the role of aggressor.
In the extra frame, Riley Barber fired a shot from 20 yards out on Bloomfield backup netminder Gabe Aguire, who relieved Ricardo Gutierrez following a head injury earlier in the game. That shot tipped off Gutierrez's hands and into the goal.
Scales and Reid both called the goal "unlucky," but Scales said he felt like his team had earned a break for playing so hard for 80-plus minutes.
"We just wanted to test their keeper," Scales said. "We were pressing all day and didn't get much luck there, so to score one in overtime, I felt like the boys deserved it,"
Piedra Vista falls to Hope Christian 5-1
The Lady Panthers' record on the young season dropped to 3-2 on Thursday afternoon when they lost 5-1 to Hope Christian on the road.
Andi Johnson scored on a free kick midway through the second half for PV's only goal.
Hope Christian (2-0) has won back-to-back state titles, so PV coach Adam Huff knew his team was in for a stiff test.
"(Hope Christian) got a goal about seven minutes in. We got turned around, and they were able to put it in," Huff said. "They do a very good job of scoring from deep. I think three of their five goals were from outside of 18 feet. They're an impressive team."
Johnson's goal came near the 22-minute mark of the second half when the Lady Panthers were down 3-0. Hope Christian tacked on two late goals to put the game on ice.
Aztec routs Bernalillo 8-0
Ahead of Saturday's showdown with undefeated St. Pius X, the Lady Tigers passed their latest test with flying colors Thursday afternoon.
Aztec dominated Bernalillo on the road 8-0 for its third consecutive shutout.
"We tried to move some players around in the second half, kind of tried dribbling more and passing faster once we had a big lead," Aztec coach Kelly Kelso. "Tried some different things out. The girls have had a lot of time together on the field now, and they look pretty good. It's up to them how far they want to go at this point."
Ashlyn Bradley and Paige Adair each notched hat tricks in the win.
Now 5-1, the Lady Tigers welcome St. Pius into the Aztec Tiger Soccer Complex at 11 a.m. Saturday.
Navajo Prep bests Desert Academy 5-1
Navajo Prep improved to 2-3 on the season Thursday evening by taking Desert Academy down 5-1 at home.
Five different Lady Eagles contributed goals in the win, including three freshmen — Joletta Henry, Shanell Nakai and Kylie Begay.
Lady Eagles coach Stacy Irwin said his girls did a lot of things right Thursday.
"We had better passing and played higher up for longer stretches, which is what we want to do more of this year," Irwin said. "We want to come higher up on the field to where we don't have to always have to backpedal."
Next up for Navajo Prep will be a home game at 4 p.m. Tuesday against Kirtland Central.
"We hope to at least play hard and keep doing what we're doing," Irwin said. "Let's see if our formula keeps working."
Farmington stays unbeaten, shuts down KCHS 8-0
The Lady Scorpions kept their flawless young season intact Thursday by defeating Kirtland Central 8-0 at Hutchison Stadium.
"The girls just played very unselfish today," Farmington coach Shannon Gill said. "Multiple girls were able to score. They distributed the ball to teammates that had better angles to shoot. I mean, it was just beautiful soccer and a lot of fun to watch."
Farmington's offense was split evenly in the game's 80 minutes, as Gill's girls scored four goals in each half.
Hannah Kelley picked up a hat trick in the win, and Alissa Montoya scored twice for Farmington, which is now 5-0.