FARMINGTON – The Farmington girls soccer team took care of business in the quarterfinals of the 5A state tournament, knocking off Los Lunas 2-0 Thursday morning in Albuquerque.
“The first game of state, it’s just trying to get the monkey off your back,” Farmington head coach Shannon Gill said. “The second half we kind of settled in and started dictating the pace and playing our game.”
Gill said the ninth-seeded Lady Tigers (12-9-1) did a good job in the first half of keeping the top-seeded Lady Scorps (19-2) from breaking through their defense and sent the game to halftime with a scoreless tie.
Farmington finally broke through on a set piece in the 51st minute. Alissa Montoya placed a free kick it in front of the goal and Hannah Kelley headed it past the Los Lunas goalkeeper for the score.
Arin Coleman added an insurance goal in the 68th minute. Gill said Coleman fired the shot from 25 to 30 yards out.
Farmington will play fifth-seeded Los Alamos at 11:30 a.m. Saturday after the Lady Hilltoppers (15-5-2) beat Aztec 2-1 in overtime.
Farmington and Los Alamos played in Farmington’s season opener on Aug. 22, and the Lady Scorps won 3-1.
“To be honest, that game was so long ago I don’t remember too much about it,” Gill said of the first match. “I was sad to see Aztec exit the tournament, but it would have been difficult to play them for the fourth time (this season). A new opponent will be good for us.”
Los Alamos 2, Aztec 1, OT
Aztec’s season came to an end this morning at the 5A state tournament, as the Lady Tigers fell to Los Alamos 2-1 in overtime.
No. 4 seed Aztec (13-7) scored in the eighth minute of the match on a corner kick.
Kensie Gomez played the corner into the box, where Ashlynn Bradley put the ball past the Los Alamos keeper.
Three minutes into the second half, the No. 5 seed Lady Hilltoppers (15-5-2) put a shot past Aztec’s keeper to tie the match at 1.
After regulation ended with the score still knotted, the match went to overtime, where Los Alamos got behind the Aztec defense and scored the winning goal.
Aztec head coach Kelly Kelso was not available for comment.
Socorro 1, Kirtland Central 0
For the second time this season, the Lady Broncos took a strong Socorro team to overtime. And for the second time this season, they couldn't quite get the job done.
Tenth-seeded Kirtland Central (9-13) lost to Socorro 3-2 on Sept. 12, which gave coach Chad Kimball the confidence that his team could compete with the undefeated No. 2 Lady Warriors (20-0-1) a second time around, and sure enough, it did. But locked in a scoreless stalemate in OT on Thursday in Socorro, it was a Kayla Botko goal that ended Kirtland's season.
"There was a loose ball in the box, and their girl just got to it first," Kimball said. "It was a pretty chaotic, back-and-forth battle out there today."
Both teams played through balls aggressively toward the end of regulation and especially in OT, Kimball said. He had to drop Nikki Begay back on defense late in the game after watching one of his defenders exit the contest with an injury, which he thought disturbed Kirtland's offensive flow.
"It's a really short field, and it plays fast, so it was hard for us to work on our passing," Kimball said. "We needed all the help we could get on offense, but at the same time, we needed Nikki to try and stymie (Sabine Fuierer) of Socorro."
St. Michael's 5, Bloomfield 2
The visiting No. 11 Lady Bobcats fell into an early 3-0 hole against No. 3 St. Michael's in Thursday's A/4A quarterfinal match, and they could never climb out of it.
Bloomfield rallied, but couldn't catch the Lady Horsemen and lost by a final score of 5-2.
A handball in the box led to a penalty kick goal for St. Mike's to open the game, and the hosts quickly scored twice more after that.
Just before the first half ended, Vanessa Harris set up Teagan Mosley with a goal to make it 3-1 by halftime.
Harris added a second assist on a pass to Elicia Griego for a goal with a little more than 20 minutes to go in the game. But according to Bloomfield coach Shannon Nygren, the wheels came off her team shortly thereafter.
"We got whistled for a couple calls we didn't like, and the girls got frustrated," Nygren said. "It wasn't a game where we could afford to lose composure, and we lost it a little bit late."
Bloomfield finished 7-14 overall and 4-8 in District 1-4A. It was the farthest the Lady Bobcats have advanced in the state tournament since 2009.
Farmington 3, Goddard 0
Farmington is back in the state semifinals after the fourth-seeded Scorps erupted for three goals in the second half of their quarterfinal match against No. 12 Goddard (10-10-1) to earn a 3-0 victoryThursday in Albuquerque.
“The boys played well. I thought it was a very efficient match for us,” Farmington head coach Byron Farnsworth said. “It was 0-0 at halftime, and that could get a little frustrating, but the boys stayed with it.”
Farnsworth said the Scorps had some opportunities to put some shots past the Goddard keeper in the first half, but couldn’t break through. Despite the struggle to convert shots into goals, Farnsworth said he and the team felt like goals were going to come.
Andrew Moss, Joaquin Gonzalez and Yosmar Ruiz scored for the Scorps.
Farmington will play top-seeded Albuquerque Academy at 2 p.m. today.
It will be the third meeting between the two teams this season. Academy (19-1-1) beat the Scorps 3-0 on Sept. 22, then 2-0 on Oct. 17. Both matches were in Albuquerque.
“We’ve been working on some things after seeing them two times. We got a scouting report on the team (La Cueva) that beat them and what they did to beat them,” Farnworth said. “We have to be patient. Our counterattack and set pieces are going to be huge for us tomorrow. They are a very physical team, and we have to be ready to play physical and match their physicality.”
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