Aztec girls knock off Piedra Vista 3-1
Farmington hands Miyamura 6-0 defeat
FARMINGTON — The Aztec girls soccer team got a key win to take sole possession of second place in the District 1-5A standings with a 3-1 win over Piedra Vista on senior night tonight at Fred Cook Memorial Stadium in Aztec.
“I’m proud of the girls,” Aztec head coach Kelly Kelso said. “This was our last home game, so it was kind of pivotal that we win this game. Overall, it was a good night, other than it being wet and cold.”
After rain and lightning delayed the start of the match by about 30 minutes, the two sides battled throughout the first half and went to halftime with no score.
“I’m not really sure what was causing the slow start, whether it was the delay or being the last home game or what. We couldn’t get going,” Kelso said. “I think mentally they needed to slow down and look at what was going on. Anytime we play PV or Farmington, everyone gets a little riled up.”
After halftime, the Lady Tigers (10-5, 3-1 District 1-5A) settled in and took advantage of turnovers in the midfield by the Lady Panthers (9-6, 2-2) to score two quick goals.
About 40 seconds into the half, Alycea Aviles put a shot on goal that skipped across the turf and slipped in the right side of the goal.
About seven minutes later, Autumn Petersen was one on one with the PV goalkeeper and beat her to the far post to make it 2-0.
“We’ve got to play better in the middle,” PV head coach Adam Huff said. “We’d string together a couple passes, but we never got that last touch we needed. When you turn the ball over against a team like Aztec, they have good speed, and their counterattack is really good.”
Aztec kept the pressure on the Lady Panthers throughout the second half and made it 3-0 with 14 minutes left with a goal from Kinsey Gomez.
PV’s Andi Johnson scored in the final two minutes of the match on a corner kick to avoid the shutout.
PV will host crosstown rival Farmington on Thursday.
Aztec will play at Gallup (0-11-2, 0-3-1) on Thursday.
Farmington 6, Miyamura 0
Farmington remained perfect in district play, disposing of Miyamura 6-0 tonight in Gallup.
“We started off pretty slow. I think we might have overlooked Miyamura, who improved tremendously since last year,” Farmington head coach Shannon Gill said. “Once we got started, we created some good scoring opportunities.”
By blanking the Lady Patriots (4-9-1, 0-3-1), Farmington (13-2, 4-0) has yet to allow a goal in district play, outscoring opponents 22-0.
Five players found the net for Farmington. McKenzie Coleman scored twice for the Lady Scorps.
Farmington will be back in action Thursday, travelling across town to face Piedra Vista (9-6, 2-2).
Hope Christian 10, Bloomfield 0
Hope Christian (10-3, 5-0 District 1-A/4A) showed why it is one of the best programs in the state and blew past Bloomfield 10-0 this afternoon in Albuquerque.
Hope’s ability to possess and pass the ball opened up the Bloomfield defense and ended the match with about 15 minutes left in the second half.
“The girls played well,” Bloomfield head coach Shannon Nygren said. “It was a huge improvement from last time we played them. The girls really stepped up today.”
Bloomfield (4-10, 2-6) will host Kirtland Central (7-8, 4-3) on Saturday.
Farmington 10, Miyamura 0
Farmington continued its dominance over district opponents with a 10-0 victory over Miyamura tonight at Hutchison Stadium.
“The boys played really well. They had great possessions,” Farmington head coach Byron Farnsworth said. “They played simple and cleaned up some of the mistakes we’ve been working on.”
Eight Scorps scored in the win, with Kahlil Stoltzfus and Yosmar Ruiz scoring twice.
Farnsworth praised his team’s defense, saying the back line was fantastic.
“The back line is so crucial for us as we try to go through the rest of our schedule and state,” Farnsworth said. "Defense definitely wins championships, and the back line really keeps us in the game. It really helps settle the team down. They (did) a fantastic job.”
Farmington will host crosstown rival Piedra Vista (3-11, 1-1) on Thursday.
Karl Schneider is the sports editor for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4648.