FARMINGTON — Farmington overpowered Aztec from the sound of the opening whistle and dominated the Lady Tigers in a 7-0 victory at Hutchison Stadium Tuesday evening.
“They just came out hard and wanted the win,” Aztec head coach Kelly Kelso said of Farmington. “They just wanted it more than our girls, and they took it. They just took the game. (Farmington) was prepared, and we weren’t ready tonight.”
The Lady Scorps had a big scare in the first half.
A little more than midway through the half, senior Hannah Kelley, who scored about six minutes into the match, took a kick to the face that sent the captain to the turf. After a couple of minutes on the ground, Kelley walked off under her own power to receive medical attention on the Farmington bench.
Farmington head coach Shannon Gill said the team believes Kelley has a broken nose.
“She got a ball to the nose a couple weeks ago, so it was already super sore. A foot to the face, it (Kelley’s nose) might have a break,” Gill said.
Kelley returned to the field with 22 minutes left in the match, wearing a protective face mask. With about 11 minutes left, she recorded her second goal, then made it a hat trick a little more than one minute later to make it 7-0 Farmington.
Eighth-grader McKenzie Coleman scored the first goal of the night, putting her shot on frame from about 25 yards and banking the ball off the far post and into the goal.
Coleman notched her second goal of the match about 11 minutes into the second half. After Aztec goalkeeper Elana Kresl stopped Felicia Moseley’s shot with a diving save, Coleman gathered the rebound and put it in to make it 5-0 Lady Scorps.
“She provides a great spark for us,” Gill said of Coleman. “She hustles and goes after every ball, and the rest of the team feeds off of that and finishes the job.”
Narcissa Fowler and Arin Coleman each added a goal in the win.
Aztec (11-6, 4-2 District 1-5A) will be off until Tuesday when the team travels to Gallup to face Miyamura (4-9-1, 0-3-1).
Farmington (15-2, 6-0) will play at Gallup (0-12-2, 0-4-1) Thursday. A win over the Lady Bengals would secure the district title for the Lady Scorps.
“We’ve still got three games on the schedule. Two of them are in district, and to be honest, the girls haven’t even mentioned a district title,” Gill said. “We’re focused and ready to play each game at a time. If the title comes our way, that’s awesome, but we’re just focused and ready to play.”
East Mountain 5, Bloomfield 0
A slow start doomed Bloomfield to a 5-0 loss at the hands of East Mountain in nondistrict play Tuesday in Sandia Park.
“We just didn’t show up. It took a while to get some momentum,” Bloomfield head coach Shannon Nygren said. “We probably had 20 shots on goal. We just couldn’t get anything in.”
East Mountain (12-5) held a 2-0 advantage at halftime, then added three goals in the second half to put the match out of reach.
Nygren said a lack of communication was the downfall of the Lady Bobcats (5-11).
“Today, they really shut down,” she said. “When they communicate, they make good passes and find shots, but when they don’t, they’re playing kickball.”
Bloomfield (3-6 in District 1-A/4A) will host Navajo Prep (2-13-1, 0-8) on Thursday.
Hope Christian 8, Kirtland Central 0
Kirtland Central couldn’t slow down the Hope Christian attack in the first half, and the No. 1 Lady Huskies cruised to an 8-0 victory Tuesday in Albuquerque.
“We had some trouble figuring them out in the first half,” KC head coach Chad Kimball said. “They got some easy goals because we did a poor job marking them up in the first half.”
Hope (13-3, 8-0 District 1-A/4A) scored six times in the first half, but after some halftime adjustments, the Lady Broncos (7-10, 4-5) limited Hope’s scoring opportunities.
KC will get another chance at knocking off Hope when the team hosts the Lady Huskies on Saturday.
Farmington 4, Aztec 3 OT
Farmington converted on penalty kicks late in the second half and in overtime to edge rival Aztec 4-3 Tuesday night at Fred Cook Memorial Stadium in Aztec.
“It was a fantastic game,” Farmington head coach Byron Farnsworth said. “I’ve got to take my hat off to Aztec and their keeper Canyon Goimarac. He was absolutely phenomenal tonight. We had about 20 shots on goal, and he did a fantastic job.”
Farnsworth said the difference for the Scorps was their ability to stay composed in the final minutes of regulation and during overtime.
Yosmar Ruiz scored the game-winning goal on a penalty kick for his second goal of the match.
Carlos Medina and Kahlil Stoltzfus each added goals for Farmington.
Rilery Barber, Bailey Watkins and Pedro Lucero all scored for Aztec.
Farmington will host Gallup (0-15, 0-3) on Thursday.
Aztec will have a week off to prepare for Tuesday’s match against Miyamura (1-10-3, 0-3) in Aztec.
East Mountain 3, Bloomfield 2
Bloomfield’s comeback effort came up just short in a nondistrict match against East Mountain as the Bobcats fell to the Timberwolves 3-2 Tuesday in Sandia Park.
East Mountain (6-9-1) scored all three of its goals in the first half and held a 3-1 advantage at halftime.
Bloomfield (7-9) managed to find the back of the net to get within one goal of sending the match to overtime, but it couldn’t find the equalizer.
The Bobcats (0-4 District 1-A/4A) will return to district play Thursday, hosting Hope Christian (10-5, 2-2).
Bloomfield head coach Scott Reid could not be reached for comment.
Karl Schneider is the sports editor for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4648.