Kelley picked up a goal and an assist in Farmington's second-to-last game of the season
FARMINGTON — In a battle between the No. 2 and No. 3 teams in District 5A, the Farmington girls soccer team played a bit better than the squad directly behind it in the rankings.
The Lady Scorpions (17-2, 8-0 District 1-5A) topped Albuquerque Academy (10-5-3) today by a final score of 2-1 at Hutchison Stadium.
As she typically is, Hannah Kelley was involved in both Farmington goals. The senior scored one in the first half on a penalty kick and assisted on what would be the game-winner after halftime.
“It’s a real booster going into the state tournament,” Kelley said of the win. “It was really good for our team to work together and get the win.”
The game flow was back and forth for much of the first half, and neither team was able to set much up offensively.
Around the 10-minute mark, the Lady Scorps started to put some serious offensive pressure on Academy.
Arin Coleman burst past a trio of Academy defenders on the weak-side to get a good foot on the ball in front of the net. But her shot was stopped, as was Kelley’s rebound attempt.
Less than a minute later, Kelley cashed in on a penalty kick for a goal after she was roughed up by Academy goalkeeper Mikey Montoya on a Farmington corner kick.
“I stepped in front of her to get in position, and she just punched me right in the back,” Kelley said.
Montoya was hit with a yellow card and had to be replaced by freshman Andrea Park for the PK, which Kelley shot into the bottom left side of the net for the score.
Farmington made it 2-0 at the midway point of the second half when Coleman scored a goal assisted by Kelley.
“We had a nice buildup and stuck it in the hole,” Lady Scorps coach Shannon Gill said of Coleman’s goal.
Coleman dumped a pass off to Kelley deep in Lady Chargers territory before sprinting past defenders toward the net. Kelley then sneaked a perfect pass behind those defenders to Coleman, who was wide open for the score.
Kelley said she thought the Farmington defense helped the scoring play unfold.
“Our defense worked the ball really good up the field. It all started with them,” she said. “Arin gave me that ball, made a perfect run and kicked it right through. She finished great.”
With a little more than a minute remaining in the game, Farmington goalie Bailey Carter came out to challenge Academy forward Rhiannon Hill. The athletes closed on the ball at the same time, which caused Carter to fall to the ground. Hill then scored on the open net.
It was too little too late for the Lady Chargers, though, as they couldn’t muster any kind of attack with so little time left on the clock.
The Lady Scorps didn’t bring their A game today, coach Gill said, but still did enough to get by the visitors.
“The girls didn’t have a whole lot of energy, and we didn’t play our best, I feel, but we fought through,” Gill said. “With one game left in the season, we’re where we want to be. We just have to keep preparing for one team at a time.”
The win was Farmington’s sixth in a row.
The Lady Scorps will play Miyamura on Thursday at home for their last game of the regular season. They defeated the Lady Patriots 6-0 in an away game on Oct. 6.
Jake Newby covers sports for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4577.