FARMINGTON — It was a tale of two halves for the Farmington and Piedra Vista boys soccer teams Tuesday.
The Panthers (1-10, 0-1 District 1-5A) controlled the match during the first half, while the Scorps (5-3-2, 1-0) took charge in the second. But Farmington's hold on the second half proved to be stronger, as the Scorps scored three goals after intermission to top the crosstown rival Panthers 3-1 at the Piedra Vista soccer fields.
"The first half, we played very well. We controlled the ball and scored fairly early," PV head coach Pat Denney said. "The second half, I don't know what it was. The Scorpions had a very intense second half, and we were a little flat and they capitalized on it."
PV's goal came from Riley Hill, who took a deep shot and found the net when the Farmington goalkeeper misplayed the ball and had it bounce over his head.
Farmington head coach Byron Farnsworth said PV did a great job pressuring the Scorps during the first half to keep the Scorps from getting into any kind of a rhythm.
In the second half, the Scorps got back to the basics.
Farnsworth said the biggest adjustment was getting back to doing what his team has been working on in practice and beating opponents one on one.
"In the second half, we were trying to play simple and not trying to be special," Farnsworth said. "Just doing what they're trained to do and not trying to make these miracle plays we were trying to do in the first half."
Joaquin Gonzalez evened the match about 15 minutes into the second half, poking the ball into the goal after the Panthers failed to clear it.
"I think we might have lost a little momentum off the first goal," Denney said. "Up until the Scorpions' first goal, I think we had the game in our favor. The first goal, unfortunately, deflated us."
Kahlil Stoltzfus put the Scorps up 2-1 with about six minutes left, and two minutes later, Emryck Churchill, who was playing in his first varsity game, provided the dagger and made it 3-1.
Piedra Vista will be off until Tuesday when the team travels to Gallup to take on Miyamura (0-7-3).
Farmington will host Aztec (7-3, 1-0) on Thursday.
Aztec 8, Gallup 0
Aztec (8-3, 1-0) opened district play on a high note, blowing by Gallup (0-10, 0-1) 8-0 in Gallup.
The Tigers scored four goals each in the first and second half en route to the win.
Aztec will travel to Farmington Thursday to take on the Scorps (5-3-2, 1-0).
Aztec head coach Steve Scales was not available for comment on the win.