Aztec struggles in 5-1 loss
AZTEC — Mistakes on the back line cost the Aztec boys soccer team dearly as the Tigers dropped a 5-1 decision to Rehoboth Christian Saturday afternoon at Fred Cook Memorial Stadium.
The first two goals of the match came from the foot of Rehoboth Christian's Ben Kruis. Both goals came when the Aztec defense was pressing too far upfield, and Kruis broke through and beat the Aztec goalkeeper one on one.
Seemingly every shot the Tigers (7-3) had on goal went directly to Rehoboth Christian's keeper.
"It's tough," Aztec head coach Stephen Scales said of the offensive woes. "I'll put that squarely on my shoulders. I'm apparently not getting it done in practice when we need to be shooting it harder on frame."
The Lynx (9-1) augmented their lead in the second half when Christian Jaquez scored on a free kick from 35 yards out to make it 3-0. On the score, Jaquez — who couldn't convert on a penalty kick during the first half — hit a slow strike right to the Aztec keeper, but the ball had enough steam on it to get through his hands and roll between his legs into the net.
Kruis scored his third goal of the match with about 25 minutes remaining to make it a 4-0 advantage. Then, about six minutes later, Gil Alvarez made it 5-0 for the Lynx.
The Tigers finally broke through with about 16 minutes left when Angel Sigala gained possession at the top of the box and fired a shot over the keeper's head and into the back of the net.
The Tigers will open District 1-5A play on Tuesday at Gallup (0-9).
St. Pius X 8, Piedra Vista 0
Injuries continue to take a toll on Piedra Vista, and that was evident Saturday as the Panthers fell to St. Pius X 8-0 in Albuquerque.
"We're still dealing with a lot of injuries," PV head coach Pat Denney said. "We had some boys who didn't play today, and had two more go down with injuries today."
Those woes were coupled with a slow start from the Panthers (1-9), as Pius (6-2-2) took a 6-0 lead into halftime.
"In the first half we started pretty bad, but we played better in the second half," Denney said.
PV will begin play in District 1-5A Tuesday when the Panthers host crosstown rival Farmington (4-3-2).
"We're just hoping to go into Tuesday healthy," Denney said. "If we have everyone healthy, we can beat Farmington."
St. Pius X 3, Farmington 1
In a matchup between the top two teams in the state, No. 2 St. Pius X got the better of No. 1 Farmington Saturday in Albuquerque.
"To be honest, we could have played a little better. We just weren't ready or prepared for it, and that's my fault," Farmington head coach Shannon Gill said. "It wasn't the last game of the season. We'll get to see them again, and hopefully, we're better prepared for them."
Hannah Kelley scored the lone goal for the Lady Scorps (9-1), which came in the first half.
The match went to halftime with Pius (11-1) ahead 2-1, and it wasn't until there were about 15 minutes left in the match that the Lady Sartans delivered the dagger with their third goal.
"They're quick to counter on the opposite side of the field, and they spread us out," Gill said of Pius. "They've done it for years. When they get the ball on the left side, they get it out to the right with the counter, and we weren't quick enough."
The Lady Scorps will open play in District 1-5A Tuesday, hosting crosstown rival Piedra Vista (6-3).