Boys soccer roundup: Scorps top Capital 1-0

Karl Schneider
Farmington's Andrew Jaquez, left, and Capital's Luis Melendez battle for the ball during Thursday's match at Hutchison Stadium in Farmington.

FARMINGTON — The Farmington boys soccer team earned its second win over Capital this season when the Scorps edged the Jaguars 1-0 Thursday night at Hutchison Stadium.

The two teams met on Sept. 11, with the Scorps getting a 1-0 win at the Albuquerque Academy Tournament.

“The boys played extremely well tonight. They really communicated well with each other,” Farmingotn head coach Byron Farnsworth said. “The last 15 minutes of the first half, Capital put a lot of pressure on us, and the boys handled it well. Then, the second half was lights out.”

Farnsworth said the match had a state championship-type atmosphere, and the way the Scorps (8-3-2) banded together to get the win was great. He also said that the team’s ability to maintain possession under Capital’s pressure was important, as it kept the Jaguars (10-6) from attacking Farmington’s freshman goalkeeper.

Yosmar Ruiz scored the lone goal of the match when he found the back of the net in the first half.

The Scorps will get back to play in District 1-5A, where they are 3-0, on Tuesday when they host Miyamura (4-8-1, 0-2-1).

“The biggest thing is focusing on the details. The bulk of the work we’ve done is fantastic,” Farnsworth said of his team’s passing and control of the ball. “The biggest thing is to work on the little details and stay hungry. If we can do that and keep getting better every day, the sky is the limit.”

Aztec 3, Miyamura 1

Aztec controlled the ball for the majority of the match and was rewarded with a 3-1 win over Miyamura (1-9-3, 0-2) Thursday in Gallup.

We passed the ball around the pitch really well today and opened up good scoring opportunities,” Aztec head coach Steve Scales said. “We played really well as a unit.”

Zack Kimbell, Sam Parks and Bailey Watkins all scored in the win.

Scales said the Tigers (9-5-1, 2-1) held possession for about 80 percent of the match.

Aztec will head to Colorado on Saturday to take on Durango (6-3-1).

“They have a very disciplined team that passes the ball really well,” Parks said. “We’re going to have to possess the ball and pass well, and I think whoever has more possessions will be the team that comes away with the win.”

Piedra Vista 6, Gallup 0

Piedra Vista picked up back-to-back wins for the first time this season, blowing past Gallup 6-0 Thursday at the PV soccer fields.

“We had a good solid game,” PV head coach Pat Denney said. “We had a pretty slow first half, but the second half was really good.”

Six players scored for the Panthers in the win, and four of the six goals came off of assists.

Jacob VanDevalde led the Panthers with three assists, as well as a goal.

“Jacob played phenomenal today,” Denney said. “He was really on his game. He placed the ball right where it needed to be today.”

PV will host Aztec (9-5-1, 2-1) on Tuesday.

Bloomfield 4, Montezuma-Cortez, Colo., 1

Bloomfield (7-8) put together a complete game Thursday, knocking off Colorado’s Montezuma-Cortez (2-9) 4-1 in Bloomfield.

“The boys played really good today. I feel like were meshing with our passing and what we want to do offensively,” Bloomfield head coach Scott Reid said. “Today, we’d string nine or 10 passes together, then get a shot on goal. I’m really impressed with the way they played and thought they fought hard today.”

Sammy Gutierez recorded a hat trick for the Bobcats while Micah Bachert added a goal of his own.
Edgar Fonseca, Miguel Pereyra and Manny Cuevas each recorded an assist in the win.

Bloomfield's next match is scheduled for Oct. 13 at East Mountain (5-6-1).

Karl Schneider is the sports editor for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4648.