Mosley's two goals lead Bloomfield to victory in district battle
BLOOMFIELD — The Bloomfield girls soccer team didn’t lead Kirtland Central today at Bobcat Stadium until Teagan Mosley scored the final goal of the afternoon to steal the victory.
Tied at 2 with less than 20 minutes to go, Mosley sped up the left sideline and booted a ball into the top-right corner of the net to give the Lady Bobcats (5-10, 3-6 District 1-4A) the 3-2 advantage that would stand up as the final score in their victory over the Lady Broncos (7-9, 4-4).
“She’s just got such great speed,” KC coach Chad Kimball said of Mosley. “We were dropping one of our veteran defenders back all second half, but we were shorthanded on defense today already. These girls who have been here a while know how fast she is. She’s hard to stop.”
Mosley scored two of the three Bloomfield goals while junior Nikki Begay netted both of Kirtland’s scores.
Begay’s first goal was the opening goal of the game. On a set piece, she kicked a ball from 40 yards out, and it floated well out of reach of the netminder and into the goal.
Mosley tied the game on a breakaway goal with eight minutes left in the half. The score would stay knotted at 1 going into the break.
Bloomfield head coach Shannon Nygren wasn’t at the game today, so assistant Jamey Jones filled in for her. Jones said she thought the Lady Bobcats played well in the first 40 minutes. The message she conveyed to her team at halftime was simply to keep it up.
“We never lost faith in ourselves. I just told the girls to keep pressuring, keep getting smart shots off,” Jones said.
Twelve minutes into the second half, Begay showed off her dribbling skills in the Bloomfield box, which allowed her to create space and score her second goal of the game to give KC the lead.
But Bloomfield fought back and tied the game eight minutes later when KC’s eighth-grade goalie Jayden Guillory made what coach Kimball called “a rookie mistake.”
Guillory got a hand up to stop a Mosley set piece shot, but couldn’t gain possession of the ball. She fumbled it to the ground, where Bryanna Parrish was waiting to pick up the scraps and drive home the rebound.
“Jayden was already thinking about the next step and forgot to keep possession of that ball,” Kimball said of the play. “It was definitely a mental lapse.”
Five minutes later, Mosley gave the Lady Bobcats their first lead of the day on the last goal of the game.
KC put all hands on deck offensively inside the final five minutes to try and send the game into overtime, but Bloomfield clogged the box with defenders and held the Lady Broncos at bay.
Up next for Bloomfield will be a game against East Mountain (11-5) on Tuesday.
KC will try to snap a three-game losing skid on Tuesday against a 12-3 Hope Christian squad.
Jake Newby covers sports for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4577.