Farmington tops Aztec 4-0 to win Albuquerque Academy Tournament

Jake Newby The Daily Times
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FARMINGTON — The Farmington girls soccer team got the best of 1-5A rival Aztec Saturday afternoon in Albuquerque, and its prize was the Albuquerque Academy Tournament championship.

The Lady Scorpions improved to 8-0 on the season by shutting down a very good Lady Tigers team that came into the weekend with only two losses. FHS scored twice in the first half and twice in the second half to win 4-0.

"It was a great tournament for us. We got to see a lot of great competition," Farmington coach Shannon Gill said. "We fought through some things that disrupted our flow and our play, and really just pulled through in a big way."

Payton Sandoval-Belt and McKenzie Coleman scored a goal apiece, and Hannah Kelley came through with two goals for the Lady Scorps.

Aztec, whose starting goalkeeper Elana Kresl hurt her finger Friday and didn't play against Farmingon, was simply outplayed, according to coach Kelly Kelso.

"I don't know if Elana's absence would have changed the outcome today; (Farmington) was just on their game, (and) we weren't," Kelso said. "We weren't cohesive, and we didn't play quality team soccer while Farmington did. Next time will probably be a different scenario."

The Lady Tigers (7-3) get a chance at redemption on Thursday, Sept. 24 when they welcome FHS to Aztec for a 6 p.m. game.

Piedra Vista downs Del Norte 5-0

For the second straight day, the Lady Panthers didn't allow their opponents to get on the scoreboard.

PV hit the road to top the Del Norte Lady Knights 5-0 on Saturday, one day after beating Valley 4-0. The 6-2 Lady Panthers have won three straight.

"We scored three times off of corner kicks, which is something we've been working hard on in practice," PV coach Adam Huff said. "This was possibly our most complete game, which is what I wanted to see leading up to our match vs. St. Pius X on Friday."

Makeyan Kalmbach was a standout for PV, scoring twice on the afternoon. Lexi Atencio, Andi Johnson and Natalie Martin scored the other three goals.

PV's game with the Lady Sartans (8-1) will start at 4:30 p.m. Friday and will be another away game.

Bloomfield shut out

Though they played a much cleaner game defensively, the Lady Bobcats' offensive woes continued in Saturday's 1-0 loss to the Bosque Lady Bobcats.

The result was much improved from Bloomfield's Friday night 9-0 loss to Sandia Prep.

"The girls were a lot more aggressive going to the ball. The communication was a lot better," Bloomfield coach Shannon Nygren said. "There was definitely more of a competitive edge to them today."

Bloomfield (1-6) gave up the game's lone goal early in the first half.

Nygren said she her team needs to be even more aggressive to break the offensive cold streak it is currently mired in.

"We played very, very defensive, and we need to get a little bit more movement in the middle of the field," she said. "Passing out is key. We have to do a better job of that."

Bloomfield visits Navajo Prep for a 4 p.m. game on Tuesday.

Navajo Prep loses, ties

Navajo Prep had a doubleheader on Saturday in a tournament in Rehoboth, and the team went 0-1-1 in its two contests.

The Lady Eagles (2-6) lost to Robertson 2-0 Saturday morning before playing the Academy for Technology and the Classics to a 1-1 stalemate later in the day.

They didn't come up with a win, but Navajo Prep coach Stacy Irwin said his girls are slowly moving in the right direction.

"To hold a powerhouse like Robertson to two goals is great," Irwin said. "We are a young team with a lot of freshmen. The formation we're trying out is working, and we got off some good shots on them."

Naakii Brown picked up the Lady Eagles' goal in the with ATC. The freshman came out of center defense and up the left side, where she found herself one on one with the 'keeper. She won that matchup and picked up the goal about 30 minutes into the half.

The Lady Eagles host Bloomfield on Tuesday.

Kirtland Central falls to Socorro

Up 2-0 at halftime, the Lady Broncos gave up two late goals to Socorro and lost 3-2 to the Lady Warriors Saturday at home.

"Obviously, (Socorro) worked the ball really well, but I think us being shorthanded because of a couple of injuries kind of got to us. The heat got to us, as well," KC coach Chad Kimball said. "So we got a little tired in the second half and maybe even a little over confident."

Nikki Begay scored first for the Lady Broncos by bending a corner kick for a goal. Christine Young scored Kirtland's second goal.

Five minutes into the overtime, Socorro exploited a mismatch and found an attacker wide open for the goal. That kind of defensive breakdown is correctable, Kimball said.

Now 4-5, KC visits Rehoboth Christian at 5 p.m. Tuesday.

Jake Newby covers sports for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4577 and Follow him @JakeNewby07 on Twitter.