FARMINGTON — The Farmington boys soccer team battled top-ranked St. Pius X to a standstill through regulation and two overtimes, coming away with a 3-3 draw Friday in Albuquerque.
Yosmar Ruiz and Carlos Median both scored goals it the first half to give the Scorps a 2-0 lead, but the Sartans found the goal on a free kick late in the half to send the game to intermission with a score of 2-1.
Pius (6-2-2) tied it up at 2 in the second half, but Joaquin Gonzalez scored to give the lead back to Farmington (4-3-2).
The Scorps gave up a penalty kick late in the second half that sent the match to overtime, where neither side could come up with a goal.
"(We) need to improve on our communication to clean up the silly mistakes," Farmington head coach Byron Farnsworth said in a text message. "They battled and worked extremely hard for each other, and playing the high-caliber competition out of district like Pius can only make us better."
Farnsworth added that playing in close matches such as Friday's will test the Scorps mentally, and he's excited about seeing his team respond.
Farmington will play at Piedra Vista (1-9) on Tuesday.
St. Pius X 3, Piedra Vista 0
Piedra Vista (6-3) surrendered three goals in the first half and couldn't overcome the deficit, falling 3-0 to St. Pius X (10-1) Friday in Albuquerque.
"(We) couldn't string any passes together to have consistent offense," PV head coach Adam Huff said in a text message. "(We) had good pressure, especially after half, but not enough good touches offensively."
Huff said the difference between the two halves was the pressure the Lady Panthers put on Pius. Huff said PV played better offensively in the second half and possessed the ball more than in the first half, but not enough to put the ball in the net.
PV will play at No. 1 Farmington (9-0) on Tuesday.