Farmington boys, girls blank Aztec
FARMINGTON — In a District 1-5A matchup between the second- and third-ranked teams in the state, the No. 2 Farmington girls soccer team (11-1, 2-0 District 1-5A) proved to be too much for No. 3 Aztec (8-4, 1-1) and came away with a 3-0 win Thursday at the Aztec Tiger Sports Complex.
"Aztec came out and really played hard," Lady Scorpions head coach Shannon Gill said. "We got our first goal within 15 to 20 minutes and settled down after that. After that, the girls picked up the intensity and maintained their composure when they (Aztec) had opportunities. That's what kept us in it."
Hannah Kelley scored two goals for the Lady Scorps while McKenzie Coleman added a goal of her own.
Alissa Montoya recorded her eighth assist of the season in the win.
"It's tremendous for us. She's always looking for who's open," Gill said of Montoya. "She has had shots on goal, but she's always looking for someone else when she doesn't have the right shot, and we have a lot of people who can score."
Aztec will be off until Tuesday, when the Lady Tigers go to Albuquerque to play Albuquerque Academy (5-3-2) in nondistrict play.
Farmington will head to Albuquerque on Saturday to face Hope Christian (5-3) in a nondistrict match. The two teams met earlier this season, with the Lady Scorps handing Hope its first loss of the season on Sept. 11.
Grants 2, Navajo Prep 0
The Navajo Prep girls soccer team (2-9-1) put up a fight against a solid 8-2 Grants squad on Thursday, but ultimately lost on the road.
Goals have been extremely hard to come by for the Lady Eagles in 2015. They have been shut out seven times.
"We had quality shots coming from Audrey Shorty and Darien Nelson," Navajo Prep assistant Leroy Nelson said in a text on Thursday. "We just could not buy a goal tonight."
Nelson said the midfielders smoothly transitioned from defense to offense for much of the game. But on the defensive side, he thought his girls suffered from some bad luck.
"We got caught up in some counterattacks against Grants," Nelson said. "It was unfortunate, but overall, I'm pleased with our passing and aggressive plays on the ball."
Navajo Prep tangles with Hope Christian on the road Monday.
Farmington 7, Aztec 0
Farmington (6-3-2, 2-0 District 1-5A) controlled possession and stifled every scoring opportunity Aztec (8-4, 1-1) had en route to a 7-0 district win Thursday evening at Hutchison Stadium.
The Scorps controlled possession the majority of the match and limited what the Aztec attack, which only had one shot on goal, was able to do.
Farmington held a 2-0 lead at halftime, but went on a scoring tear in the second half, finding the back of the net five times in the final 20 minutes.
"The biggest thing they did was playing simple. They didn't overthink stuff," Farmington head coach Byron Farnsworth said.
Emryck Churchill and Carlos Medina each scored two goals in the win.
The Scorps will host Gallup (0-10, 0-1) on Tuesday.
Aztec will travel to Albuquerque on Saturday to challenge St. Pius X (7-2-2) in nondistrict action.
Kirtland Central 3, Miyamura 1
The Kirtland Central girls volleyball team shook off a tough 3-0 loss to Farmington from Tuesday when it defeated Miyamura 3-1 Thursday night at home.
After picking up the first set 25-14, KC (4-3) lost game two 25-23 to the visiting Patriots (6-2). Coach Nadia Watson's team then bounced back by taking the last two sets 25-15 and 25-20.
"We had a really rough game against Farmington," she said. "I think they were really disappointed in themselves, and they bounced back really nicely."
Nia Nelson and Dominique McGilbert — the Lady Broncos' middle hitters — played well Thursday, according to Watson.
Watson also said libero Shania John was on point in the win over Miyamura.
Kirtland will now begin district play starting with a Tuesday home game against Zuni.
"We have a really rough district with teams like Shiprock and Wingate, who really compete with us," Watson said. "We're going to have to fight in every set of every game from here on out."
Navajo Prep 3, Dulce 1
Navajo Prep overcame mental mistakes and an improving Dulce team to pick up a win in four sets 25-18, 25-27, 25-14, 25-18 Thursday in Dulce.
Prep head coach Rainy Crisp said Dulce (3-4) did a good job taking the Lady Eagles (6-0) out of their game in the second set, but she was happy to see her team respond with a strong performance to get the win.
"I am definitely proud of how the girls bounced back after that (second) game," Crisp said. "It doesn't matter who we play, it's always tough to beat a team three times in a row. This was the third time we've played Dulce, and every time, they've gotten better."
Martinique Larvingo finished the night with five blocks for Prep. Diamond Jones recorded seven kills in the win, and Jazmin Benally registered 26 assists.
Prep will open District 1-3A play Tuesday when the Lady Eagles host Tohatchi (9-1).
Sports reporter Jake Newby contributed to this story.