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PV snaps six-game skid behind Vandevalde's game-winner

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FARMINGTON — It was a quick day’s work for the Farmington boys soccer team on Tuesday afternoon.

FHS scored eight times in the first half and twice early in the second to cruise by Gallup 10-0 Tuesday at Hutchison Stadium. The 10th goal came less than three minutes into the second half to end the game.

Despite easily trouncing Gallup (0-12), Farmington coach Byron Farnsworth wasn’t pleased with the way the Scorpions (7-3-2) played.

“Our lack of efficiency on offense was pretty alarming today,” Farnsworth said. “We really wanted to achieve a good amount of efficiency, and we definitely did not do that today.”

Farmington fired more than 10 shots in the first 10 minutes of the game, but many of those shots were either off the mark or weakly kicked and saved.  

It took until the 27:09 mark of the first half for the Scorps to get on the board when Andrew Moss found the back of the net.

“We were crossing it in with only one or two guys in the box a lot in the first half when we were supposed to be crashing,” Farnsworth said.

Though they continued to miss their share of shots, the floodgates opened up for the Scorps after Moss’ first goal.

Andrew Jaquez scored twice in a span of five minutes midway through the first half. On his first goal, the senior pushed a ball past Gallup goalie John Lomasney, who unwisely came out to challenge him.

Jaquez’s second goal came off a header just a foot or two in front of Lomasney.

Kahlil Stoltzfus also scored a pair of first-half goals, and Moss attacked the net for two more to complete his hat trick.

Farmington went into the half with a hefty 8-0 advantage. Still, Farnsworth felt like the Scorps left a lot of scoring opportunities on the field.

“Playing our higher-ranked opponents throughout the state, they’re not going to allow us to get away with missing that many opportunities,” he said. “We’ve done well in some big games, and then in some others, we’re not being so efficient.”

The hosts wasted no time getting back on the scoreboard after the break.

The Scorps scored twice in less than three minutes, capped by a Ned Merrion one-timer goal to make it 10-0. The game was called at 37:03.

Branson Carter and Ethan Liebman were Farmington’s other goal scorers on the day.

Gallup didn’t register a single shot on net.

On Thursday, FHS hosts Capital (9-5), the defending 5A state champion.

Farnsworth said that game will be a big test for his team, which is 4-0-1 in its last five contests.

“That’s a huge game. We have our Farmington youth soccer day that day, so we hope to have a nice crowd,” he said. “Our base is really good. We just have to focus on the details now, especially in practice.”

Piedra Vista 3, Miyamura 2

The Panthers put a halt to a six-game losing streak Tuesday, besting Miyamura 3-2 on the road.

“I thought the boys played pretty well today,” PV coach Pat Denney said. “We were due for a win.”

Piedra Vista held a 2-1 lead in the second half until Miyamura knotted the game.

Junior Jacob Vandevalde broke the tie late by netting the game winner, which was his second goal of the afternoon.

“Jacob has come a long ways, like all of our boys have,” Denney said. “He has a very dominant left foot and a very beautiful strike from the left side.”

Junior Rich Cross scored PV’s other goal.

The Panthers have a great shot at picking up a second straight win. They host a winless Gallup club Thursday.

Jake Newby covers sports for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4577 and jnewby@daily-times.com. Follow him @JakeNewby07 on Twitter.