FARMINGTON – The Aztec boys soccer team needed a big win, and the Tigers got it, blowing out Miyamura (2-12-3, 0-5 District 1-5A) 8-0 Tuesday night at Fred Cook Memorial Stadium in Aztec.
“The boys played really well,” Aztec head coach Steve Scales said. “They handled the ball, passed and possessed very well. They pretty much dominated the game.”
Bailey Watkins battled through the Miyamura defense to finish the match with a hat trick.
Senior Doug Hood put his shots on frame and recorded his first two goals of the season in the win.
The win secures second place in the district for Aztec (12-7, 5-2), which is hoping the state tournament selection committee will give the Tigers a spot in the playoffs after the regular season concludes this week.
Aztec will end its regular season on Thursday, hosting Piedra Vista.
“It’s a big game against PV. If we get the win, it will give us a winning record in district and on the season,” Scales said. “Even though we won’t win our district, hopefully it shows the committee that we’re ready for the state tournament.”
Piedra Vista 2, Gallup 0
Piedra Vista (5-14, 3-3) didn’t fill up the back of the net like the Panthers had hoped, but they did get a 2-0 win over Gallup (0-19, 0-5) Tuesday in Gallup.
“We played very well,” PV head coach Pat Denney said. “We should have scored a lot more goals, but it was a very good game.”
Victor Alba and Dirk Barton scored the two goals, which both came on assists, for the Panthers.
Max Eisenfeld and Barton notched the two assists.
Denney said Barton’s ability to make plays in the win was the result of the sophomore creating space to work in.
PV will wrap up its season on Thursday, travelling to Aztec to take on the Tigers (12-7, 5-2).
“We want to finish well and make space. If we can create some space, we’ll do well,” Denney said.
Bosque 8, Bloomfield 0
Bloomfield couldn’t get things going and the result was an 8-0 loss at the hands of Bosque (13-3-3, 8-0 District 1-A/4A).
Two lightning delays took Bloomfield (7-11, 0-6) out of its rhythm, and when things got going, Bosque’s experience proved too much for Bloomfield to handle.
“The boys had glimpses of good play, however, Bosque is starting 11 seniors, and it showed,” Bloomfield head coach Scott Reid said. “We had a hard time getting off the ball quick enough, and that loss of possession really hurt us. Good teams will make you pay for that, and they did.”
Bloomfield will face Hope Christian (11-6-1, 3-3-1) on Thursday before wrapping up the regular season against Sandia Prep (9-7-2, 4-2-1) on Friday in Bloomfield.
Karl Schneider is the sports editor for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4648.