Farmington topples Hope Christian 2-0
FARMINGTON – The Farmington boys soccer team wrapped up its regular season with a 2-0 nondistrict win over Hope Christian (12-7-1) Friday at Hutchison Stadium.
“The boys played fantastic. It was a complete game,” Farmington head coach Byron Farnsworth said. “They moved the ball and possessed well, and really put everything together. Everyone did their job.”
Luis Alvarez scored in the first half, and Joaquin Gonzalez scored in the second half for the Scorps (14-4-2).
Farmington is ranked No. 7 in 5A and now awaits its seeding in the state tournament.
“The boys have done fantastic getting from the start of the season to the end of the season,” Farnsworth said. “They’ve really embraced their roles and came together as a team. We’re excited to wrap up the regular season and get ready for state.”
Sandia Prep 5, Bloomfield 2
Sandia Prep (11-7-2, 5-2-1 District 1-A/4A) lit up Bloomfield (7-13, 0-8) for five goals in the first half and rolled to a 5-2 victory in the Bobcats' regular-season finale at Bobcat Stadium.
“I’m pleased with the boys’ effort,” Bloomfield head coach Scott Reid said. “(Sandia Prep) scored all five of their goals in the first half, so after halftime, the goal was to win the second half, and we did.”
Bloomfield appears to be on the outside looking in for the A/4A state tournament, but Reid said he is hopeful that the Bobcats will sneak in with the No. 12 seed for the final spot, saying the strength of the district may be enough to persuade the selection committee to give his team a chance.
“Regardless of wins and losses, I’m very proud of this team,” Reid said. “When you’re getting together with the kids every day, by the end of the October, we’re a family.”
Sandia Prep 5, Bloomfield 0
Bloomfield fell 5-0 to Sandia Prep at Bobcat Stadium on Friday, but it’s elite District 1-4A teams like the Lady Sundevils who give the Lady Bobcats hope of earning a spot in the state tournament.
With three goals in the first half and two more in the second, Sandia Prep (13-5, 9-2) cruised past Bloomfield (6-13, 4-8) in the regular-season finale for both teams.
Six wins normally wouldn’t be enough to clinch a spot in the state tourney, but because of the Lady Bobcats’ brutal district schedule — they played Prep, Hope Christian (16-3, 11-0) and Bosque (13-4-2, 9-3) twice apiece — they have a good chance to make it in.
“Our district is the hardest in the state,” Bloomfield coach Shannon Nygren said. “There’s not a team ranked fifth through 12th that we can’t compete with. As long as we show up and play our game, rather than just show up, I think we can take anybody to the brink.”
Hope Christian 9, Navajo Prep 0
The Lady Eagles’ inability to score burdened them until the end this season.
Hope Christian came into Eagle Stadium on Friday afternoon and defeated Navajo Prep 9-0 to put Prep’s final season record at 2-16-1. The Lady Eagles went 0-11 in District 1-4A.
“We held (Hope Christian) to 3-0 at the half,” Prep coach Stacy Irwin said. “We were a very young team this year. We had a lot of close-scoring games, so I know we will make a run next year.”
The two-win season is an improvement on last year’s winless record. Irwin said he thinks his offense will take a step forward in 2016.
“We’ll be looking for a coach to help our midfield, which seems to be our weak spot,” Irwin said. “We have gotten shots off against these high-powered schools this year so with a little coaching, I know we can make a run at the state playoffs next year.”
Karl Schneider is the sports editor for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4648.
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