FARMINGTON — The Farmington girls soccer team's 3-0 win over Piedra Vista Tuesday night at Hutchison Stadium was a good win for multiple reasons.
Not only did the Lady Scorps knock off their crosstown rival, they did it in dominating fashion and showed the state that Saturday's 3-1 loss to St. Pius X was only one bad day.
"We kind of struggled the last two games and didn't play our best, but to come out against PV, with the rivalry and under the lights, and start the game with intensity, it was just fun," Farmington head coach Shannon Gill said. "It was a good way to bounce back after a couple of sluggish games."
Gill said one of the main points of focus in getting ready for the rivalry match was playing with more intensity and using the speed the team has to stretch the PV defense.
Alissa Montoya gave Farmington (10-1, 1-0 District 1-5A) a 1-0 lead, finding the goal on a free kick from 21 yards out about seven minutes into the match. On the goal, Montoya fired the shot just over the PV wall. The ball deflected off the PV goalkeeper's hands and into the top of the net for the goal.
With about 24 minutes left in the first half, the Lady Scorps were awarded another free kick, from about the same spot as the first. This time, Arin Coleman stepped in to take the shot and delivered a bullet into the back of the net, making it 2-0.
Narcissa Fowler put the game out of reach with a little less than 20 minutes remaining when she headed home a cross from Montoya.
Throughout the match, PV (6-4, 0-1) struggled to find scoring opportunities, and head coach Adam Huff said the Lady Panthers — who practice and play their home matches on a grass surface — struggled with the surface at Hutchison Stadium.
"We couldn't handle the speed of the turf, so our touches weren't very good," Huff said. "If we can't get good touches, we can't build an attack, and we can't get offensive opportunities."
PV will play at the Sandia Prep Tournament in Albuquerque this weekend.
Farmington, ranked second in 5A, will travel to Aztec to face the No. 3 Lady Tigers (8-3, 1-0).
"It's always going to be a tough game," Gill said of the Aztec match. "For years, we've gone back and forth. This district, it's anybody's game, so we'll have to be on top of our game again."
Aztec 10, Gallup 0
A sloppy and wet field couldn't slow the Lady Tigers down as Aztec (8-3, 1-0) cruised to a 10-0 victory against Gallup (0-8-1, 0-1) at the Aztec Tiger Sports Complex.
"They played well," Aztec head coach Kelly Kelso said of the Lady Tigers. "We had it on their half of the field the whole time. The girls passed well, had some good assists. They moved the ball around well and worked it from the outside. We did a lot of good stuff and executed what we've been working on in practice."
Ashlyn Bradley led the Lady Tigers with four goals in the match while Grace Olsen registered two goals of her own.
The No. 3 Lady Tigers will host No. 2 Farmington (10-1, 1-0) on Thursday.
Kirtland Central 2, Bloomfield 0
Kirtland Central (6-6, 3-1 District 1-4A) shut down district rival Bloomfield (3-7, 2-3) 2-0 Tuesday at Bronco Stadium in Kirtland.
"We did a lot better job maintaining possession," KC head coach Chad Kimball said. "The midfield did a great job getting open and turning the ball around, and the defensive line did a great job holding Bloomfield's forwards at bay."
KC's first goal came on a corner kick from Nikki Begay. Kimball said the ball was kicked around in front of the goal for a bit before deflecting off a Bloomfield player and in.
Begay scored the second goal of the match, placing her shot into the upper corner of the goal.
Bloomfield will host Hope Christian (5-3, 1-0) on Friday.
KC will host Rehoboth Christian (3-7, 1-4) on Saturday.
Bosque 10, Navajo Prep 0
An hour-long lightning delay before play began threw Navajo Prep (2-8-1, 0-4) out of its rhythm, and the Lady Eagles couldn't get things going, falling to Bosque (5-2-2, 4-1) 10-0 in Albuquerque.
Prep head coach Stacy Irwin said the Lady Eagles couldn't get their heads back in the match after the lightning delay. He said the back line was out of position, and the midfielders weren't working together.
"We have things to work on," Irwin said.
Prep will play Grants (7-4) on the road Thursday in nondistrict play.