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Lady Broncos hold off Prep 3-0

Karl Schneider
kschneider@daily-times.com
Kirtland Central's Nikki Begay, right, attempts a shot while defended by Navajo Preparatory School's Naakii Brown on Oct. 20 at Bronco Stadium in Kirtland.

FARMINGTON – The Kirtland Central girls soccer team picked up a 3-0 win over Navajo Prep (2-15-1, 0-10 District 1-A/4A) Tuesday at Bronco Stadium in Kirtland, but it wasn’t the dominating performance the team was hoping for.

“I really wanted the girls to focus on teamwork and ball possession, like we’ve been working on all year, but the girls were not mentally prepared,” KC head coach Chad Kimball said. “And Navajo Prep presented a good defense today.”

Nikki Begay scored two goals for the Lady Broncos (8-11, 5-6), bringing her season total to 15.

Kayce Culler added the other goal for the Lady Broncos.

Kirtland Central's Christine Young, center, runs past Navajo Preparatory School's Naakii Brown and Nichelle Silversmith on Tuesday during their match at Bronco Stadium in Kirtland.

The Lady Broncos will host Bosque (12-4-2, 7-3) on Thursday in the final match of the regular season.

“We’ve proven we can hang with any team in the state, we’re just stuck in the Jekyll-and-Hyde mentality where we play up and down to the level of our competition,” Kimball said of the Lady Broncos.

Bosque 6, Bloomfield 0

Weather cursed Bloomfield as the Lady Bobcats (6-12, 4-7) couldn’t find a way around the wind and rain, and fell 6-0 to Bosque (12-4-2, 7-3) Tuesday in Albuquerque.

A two-hour delay caused by the weather forced the match to be stopped midway through the second half because there was not enough light to continue.

“The weather was terrible,” Bloomfield head coach Shannon Nygren said. “(The) girls struggled getting the ball to one another.”

Bloomfield will close its regular season on Friday, hosting Sandia Prep (11-5, 7-2).

Piedra Vista 8, Gallup 0

Piedra Vista (11-8, 4-3 District 1-5A) got its offense rolling against Gallup (0-16-2, 0-7-1) and toppled the Lady Bengals 8-0 Tuesday in Gallup.

Sophomore Hannah Sayyeau scored three goals for the Lady Panthers.

“She’s trying to get back into (soccer) after taking some years off,” PV head coach Adam Huff said of Sayyeau. “The offense as a whole hasn’t been performing at a high level, and today she really put it on herself to step up.”

Huff said the PV defense did a good job of being aggressive and being the first to the ball, as well as passing well when it needed to.

The Lady Panthers will finish the regular season Thursday afternoon, hosting rival Aztec (11-6, 4-2) with a chance at second place in the district and state tournament seeding on the line.

“We know what’s at stake,” Huff said. “We need to come in with confidence and good communication.”

Karl Schneider is the sports editor for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4648.