FARMINGTON — The Farmington boys soccer team had its eight-game win streak snapped today at the hands of Albuquerque Academy.
The Chargers (16-1-1) managed a 100-percent shooting percentage on the afternoon, scoring on both of their shot attempts to down the Scorpions (12-4-2, 7-0 District 1-4A) on the road, 2-0.
Academy beat the Scorps 3-0 when the teams met on Sept. 12. Farmington coach Byron Farnsworth said his team played much better this time.
“We played a lot more aggressively,” he said. “Those (goals) were their only shots on net, and that’s what good teams do — they make the most of their opportunities, and they capitalize on mistakes. That’s what Academy did today.”
Freshman goalkeeper James Schryver played for Farmington in the first half. He allowed one goal before departing at halftime to take part in a band competition.
Memphis Toledo, another freshman, took over in net and gave up the second goal. Farnsworth said it was good to get his young goalies some repetitions.
“It’s tougher to manage younger goalies than it is the older guys,” he said. “They’re trying to get better, so you have to be a lot more hands-on as a coach. But we’re happy to get both of them some meaningful minutes today.”
The Scorpions will visit Miyamura on Thursday for their next contest.
Los Alamos 7, Piedra Vista 1
The shorthanded Panthers were no match for Los Alamos on Saturday, as they gave up five second-half goals and lost the game 7-1 at home.
“We did fairly well, but we missed some guys due to injuries and other guys due to prior obligations like band,” Panthers coach Pat Denney said. “But for the personnel we had, we did really well.”
Denney said he was happy with how competitive PV (4-14, 2-3 District 1-5A) was in the first 50 to 60 minutes.
Los Alamos took a 2-0 lead before freshman captain Max Eisenfeld scored to cut the Hilltoppers’ (11-5-2, 3-0-1) lead in half before the halftime whistle.
The Panthers then simply ran out of gas after the half. They allowed five goals and couldn’t put together any offense of their own.
“We were working without four or five of normal guys, and we had a very small bench,” Denney said. “We just got worn out by Los Alamos.”
The last two games on PV’s schedule will be home games against Gallup on Tuesday and Aztec on Thursday. Denney called the Aztec game a “redemption game” after the Tigers beat his team 4-3 on Oct. 10.
Los Alamos 3, Piedra Vista 0
Piedra Vista couldn’t break through the Los Alamos defense and fell to the Lady Hilltoppers 3-0 in a nondistrict match today in Los Alamos.
“It was really back and forth. The first half was completely back and forth. We did a good job of controlling, but just couldn’t get one in. The breaks didn’t go our way.”
PV (10-8) found the back of the net in the first half, but the Lady Panthers were called for offside and the goal was not allowed.
Los Alamos (11-5-1) scored early in the second half to take a 1-0 lead.
The score remained 1-0 until about seven minutes remained in the match. Needing a goal, PV began pushing up the field, and the Lady Hilltoppers countered to get behind the defense for two late goals.
PV (3-3 District 1-5A) will get back to play in District 1-5A this week, playing at Gallup (0-15-2, 0-6-1) on Tuesday.
Hope Christian 2, Kirtland Central 0
Kirtland Central gave No. 1 Hope Christian all it could handle today at Bronco Stadium in Kirtland, but it wasn’t enough as the Lady Huskies picked up a 2-0 win.
“I think we went a long way in figuring these guys out,” KC head coach Chad Kimball said. “We held them scoreless for 50 minutes. It just goes to show you can play with anyone on any given day.”
Kimball said Hope (15-3, 10-0 District 1-A/4A) controlled possession for the majority of the match, but the Lady Broncos (7-11, 4-6) were able to push the ball into Hope’s side of the field and create a few scoring opportunities.
KC has two games left on the schedule this season and will host Navajo Prep (2-14-1, 0-9) on Tuesday.
“We really want to finish with two wins,” Kimball said. “If we can dominate against Navajo Prep and pull out a win over Bosque, I think we should be able to host a first-round game, and that’s something the girls really want.”
Karl Schneider is the sports editor for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4648.
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