Farmington's boys and girls secured District 1-5A titles with wins over Gallup
FARMINGTON — The Piedra Vista boys soccer team came alive in the second half, scoring three goals after halftime to top Miyamura 4-2 today at the PV soccer fields.
PV head coach Pat Denney was serving a one-game suspension after receiving a red card in PV’s last match, leaving the team to assistant Shaun Taylor for the day.
“We dominated the game in both possession and territory. We controlled the ball probably 80 percent of the match in their half and created good opportunities to score,” Taylor said. “We played well enough to beat them, but we could have played a whole lot better.”
The Panthers (4-13, 2-3 District 1-5A) put 18 shots on goal, and Taylor said the team did a good job of being patient with its attempts to get quality shots against the Patriots (2-11-3, 0-4).
Max Eisenfeld scored three times for the Panthers. Victory Alba recorded the other goal for PV, and Justin Allen had an assist.
PV will host Los Alamos (10-5-2) in a nondistrict match on Saturday.
Farmington 10, Gallup 0
Farmington locked up its 10th straight district title with a 10-0 win over Gallup (0-17, 0-4 District 1-5A) today in Gallup.
“The boys did a good job working as a team. All 10 of our goals came off of assists,” Farmington head coach Byron Farnsworth said. “We had a few goals on set pieces we’ve been working on, so it’s nice to see the things we’ve been working hard on pay off.”
Andrew Jaquez, Carlos Medina, Andrew Moss and Yosmar Ruiz all scored two goals in the win.
The Scorps will head to Albuquerque on Saturday to take on No. 1 Albuquerque Academy (15-1-1) in a nondistrict match.
“It’s a potential state final matchup, and we need to start with our tails on fire,” Farnsworth said. “One of the biggest things about them is they’re a big, physical team, so we’re going to try to use our quickness and fitness to possess the ball.”
Hope Christian 3, Bloomfield 0
The Bobcats didn’t get completely shut down in today’s home game against Hope Christian, but they did get shut out.
Despite “dominating” ball possession for stretches of the night, according to coach Scott Reid, Bloomfield (7-10, 0-5 District 1-4A) couldn’t get a goal and fell 3-0 to Hope Christian (11-5, 3-2).
“It wasn’t like we were chasing the ball for 80 minutes,” Reid said. “We had a lot of opportunities. It really could have been 3-3 late in the game.”
Hope Christian scored a pair of back-breaking goals — one just seconds before the half and another a couple minutes after it.
Reid said the goals were hard to swallow, but he said his team still put itself in position to score multiple times in the second half. Reid said his team will have to figure out how to find the back of the net when it meets Bosque (11-3-3, 6-0) on the road on Tuesday.
“We have to burst the bubble of one of these private schools because if we don’t, we’re not going to state,” Reid said. “That starts with Bosque. We have to play with the same energy we played with tonight, but this time, some of the shots actually have to go in.”
The Bobcats lost to Bosque 2-1 on Sept. 12.
Farmington 11, Gallup 1
The Lady Scorpions (16-2, 7-0 District 1-5A) secured the District 1-5A title with an 11-1 victory over Gallup (0-13-2, 0-5-1) today in Gallup.
“We played very well. We possessed the ball and kept it on their half of the field most of the time,” Farmington head coach Shannon Gill said. “It was one of those games where everyone got to play good minutes, even though it ended in the first half.”
Five players recorded an assist in the win.
Senior Hannah Kelley scored three goals in the win, making it two straight matches with a hat trick. Arin Coleman added two goals for the Lady Scorps.
Farmington, ranked second in 5A, will host No. 3 Albuquerque Academy (9-4-3) in a nondistrict match on Saturday.
“We just need to refocus tomorrow and get ready for Academy,” Gill said. “Normally, I don’t like playing nondistrict games after district starts, but we need an extra push going into state. We’re going to enjoy this one tonight, then get back to work tomorrow.”
Piedra Vista 5, Miyamura 0
Piedra Vista dominated possession and kept the action in Miyamura’s half of the field the field en route to a 5-0 victory over the Lady Patriots (4-10-1, 0-4-1) today in Gallup.
“They’re starting to buy into the new system we’re working on,” PV head coach Adam Huff said. “Three of our goals today came on long throw-ins — we’re not relying on finding goal-scoring opportunities.”
Lexi Atencio finished the day with two goals for PV (10-7, 3-3). Hayden Carpenter, Madison Cross and Makeyan Kalmbach all added a goal each, with Kalmbach recording three assists, as well.
No. 6 PV will play at No. 5 Los Alamos (10-5-1) in a nondistrict match on Saturday.
Bloomfield 4, Navajo Prep 0
Teagan Mosley scored a natural hat trick Thursday against Navajo Prep, propelling her Lady Bobcats to a 4-0 victory at home.
Mosley has been almost unstoppable on offense for Bloomfield (6-11, 4-6 District 1-4A) and now has 20 goals on the season.
Aubrey Amyx notched Bloomfield’s fourth goal of the night in what was a very unselfish team effort, according to coach Shannon Nygren.
“There was a lot of passing and a lot of communication today,” she said.
Navajo Prep (2-14-1, 0-9) has struggled mightily to score this year, but fought hard the whole way.
“The girls played really hard and, unfortunately, two of those (Bloomfield) goals were unlucky,” Lady Eagles coach Stacy Irwin said. “The passing was great, and we put pressure on their goal.”
The Lady Bobcats downed Prep 6-0 on Sept. 15. Nygren said the Lady Eagles were much more competitive this time.
“Prep came out a lot stronger than the last time we played, “ she said. “They have improved a ton.”
Next up for Bloomfield is a Tuesday road tilt with Bosque (10-3-2, 7-2). Navajo Prep will also hit the road on Tuesday to take on Kirtland Central (7-10, 4-5).
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