Farmington tops Piedra Vista 2-0
FARMINGTON — The Farmington girls soccer team swept its season series with crosstown rival Piedra Vista, topping the Lady Panthers 2-0 Thursday at the PV soccer fields.
The shutout was Farmington’s 12th of the season, and the Lady Scorps have yet to allow a goal in district play.
“Overall, the defense played great, the offense played great," Farmington head coach Shannon Gill said. "Everybody just comes together as a team, and we all do our job. We all do what we’re supposed to do on the field, and we get good results when we do that.”
The first 15 minutes of the match proved to be the difference for the Lady Scorps.
About five minutes in, Alexis Velasquez played a cross into the middle of the box, where Arin Coleman took a couple of touches and fired the ball into the back of the net.
Three minutes later, Hannah Kelley got behind the PV defense and put the ball past the PV keeper to make it 2-0.
With a little more than 20 minutes left in the half, PV started to be the aggressor and put pressure on the Lady Scorps.
“They’re very fast, but if you put pressure on them, it can negate their speed, and the tides turn a little bit,” PV head coach Adam Huff said. “But the first 15 minutes, they were getting every ball because we were standing behind them and not being aggressive.”
Once the Lady Panthers started playing with more purpose, they had multiple scoring opportunities, but every shot on goal went straight to the Farmington goalkeeper.
Farmington will host Aztec (11-5, 4-1) on Tuesday.
PV will play at Miyamura (4-9-1, 0-3-1) on Thursday.
Aztec 9, Gallup 0
Aztec took care of business in Gallup, knocking off the Bengals 9-0 Thursday night.
“The first half we did really well. We had five goals on five assists in the first half,” Aztec head coach Kelly Kelso said. “We were really excited that those five goals came off of assists.”
Ashlyn Bradley led the way for the Lady Tigers (11-5, 4-1), scoring three goals in the win.
Aztec will play at Farmington on Tuesday. The two teams met last month with Farmington getting a 3-0 win.
“The girls are pumped and looking forward to Farmington,” Kelso said. “We’ve got to go out and play hard next Tuesday. We're definitely playing a lot better, and I’m expecting a lot better game this time.”
Rehoboth 4, Navajo Prep 0
The scoring drought continued for Navajo Prep on Thursday at home, as the Lady Eagles fell to Rehoboth Christian (5-11, 3-7 District 1-4A) by a score of 4-0.
Prep (2-13-1, 0-8) has now failed to score a goal in six straight contests.
According to head coach Stacy Irwin, the Lady Eagles had plenty of chances, but just couldn't make good on them.
"We got some pressure on (Rehoboth), which we've been doing pretty well lately," Irwin said in a text message. "We even had a goal taken away that we made from a goal kick. That hurt us."
Prep will get a week to regroup before heading to Bloomfield to play the Lady Bobcats (4-10, 4-3) on Thursday.
Farmington 10, Piedra Vista 0
Farmington (10-3-2, 5-0 District 1-5A) dominated from start to finish in a 10-0 blowout of crosstown rival Piedra Vista (3-12, 1-2) Thursday night at Hutchison Stadium.
Farmington controlled possession and kept the action on PV’s half of the field throughout the match. With their possession, the Scorps used their speed, playing the ball out wide to stretch the PV defense and open up gaps in the backline for scoring opportunities.
“It really clicked tonight,” Farmington head coach Byron Farnsworth said. “The boys were very efficient. I think this was our most efficient shooting nights. When we’re shooting, we’re scoring, as opposed to early in the season we were missing a ton of opportunities. We’re cleaning it up, and it’s making me happy.”
PV will host Aztec (10-6, 3-1) on Saturday.
Farmington will play at Aztec on Tuesday.
Aztec 1, Gallup 0 2OT
It took longer than planned, but in the end, Aztec (10-6, 3-1) came away with a win, edging Gallup (0-15, 0-3) 1-0 in double overtime Thursday night at Fred Cook Memorial Stadium in Aztec.
With just 2:20 left in the second overtime period, Aztec’s Bailey Watkins finally put one past the Gallup keeper to give the Tigers the win.
Aztec will play Piedra Vista (3-12, 1-2) on Saturday.
Aztec head coach Steve Scales could not be reached for comment.
Karl Schneider is the sports editor for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4648.