Farmington, Aztec roll at Academy Invite

Karl Schneider The Daily Times
The Daily Times

FARMINGTON — The Farmington girls soccer team came out on fire in its opening match at the Albuquerque Academy Invitational and cruised to a 5-0 win over Mayfield.

"We came out very strong in the first half," Lady Scorpions head coach Shannon Gill said. "We came out with a lot of intensity and scored our first three goals in the first 15 minutes of the half."

After the three quick goals, Farmington slowed down the pace to work on a few different tactics and allow players to get some playing time.

Hannah Kelly finished the day with two goals. Alyssa Montoya, Arin Coleman and McKenzie Coleman each added a goal in the win.

The Lady Scorps will play Hope Christian today in a battle between two of the top teams in the state.

"That's one of the reasons we love coming to this tournament, because it's very competitive, and it shows us where we stand in the state," Gill said. "They're (Hope) a phenomenal team year in and year out. We'll see if we can rise to the occasion."

Aztec 6, Centennial 0

The Aztec girls had a hot start at the Albuquerque Academy Invitational, toppling Centennial 6-0 Thursday.

"The team looked good," Lady Tigers head coach Kelly Kelso said. "They played well. Their effort and communication was good. There's really nothing to complain about."

Kelso said that during the first 30 minutes of the match, the two sides felt each other out, but with about 10 minutes left in the half, the Lady Tigers took control.

At the half, Aztec led 2-0, then came out in the second half and controlled the match the rest of the way.

"Definitely in the second half we controlled the ball pretty much the whole time," Kelso said.

Alycea Aviles finished the day with three goals to lead the attack. Kinsey Gomez, Paige Adair and Devyn Martinez all scored a goal, as well.

Aztec will play Academy today with a trip to the finals on the line.

"After the St. Pius loss on Saturday, they're (the Lady Tigers) ready to step up and be one of the premier teams in the state," Kelso said.

Karl Schneider is the sports editor for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4648 and Follow him @karltschneider on Twitter.