FARMINGTON – The Farmington boys soccer team matched up with Albuquerque Academy for the third time this season when the two met in the 5A state semifinals Friday in Albuquerque, but the result was the same as the top-seeded Chargers (20-1-1) dispatched of the fourth-seeded Scorpions 3-0.
“The biggest thing was probably having two young, freshman goalkeepers. They made some freshman mistakes. But aside from that, the boys did a great job with our game plan,” Farmington head coach Byron Farnsworth said. “They gave it everything they had, and gave Academy everything they could handle and more.”
Along with its inexperience, injuries took a toll on Farmington (15-5-2), which saw three of its starters go down with injuries in the match.
“We lost three starters in the first half, and two of them went down pretty much back to back, and that hampered us,” Farnsworth said.
Entering the match, Farmington’s game plan called for using its speed and creating scoring opportunities with its counterattack. Farnsworth said the Scorps did a good job countering, but couldn’t capitalize on the chances they had.
Even though the team came up short of reaching the state final, Farnworth said the improvement the boys made from the start of the season was enormous.
“We started the season with a loss and two ties, and we were unsure of where we were going to end up,” he said. “But we had a great group of seniors who led the team. I couldn’t be happier with this group.”
Los Alamos 3, Farmington 1
The Farmington girls soccer team’s season came to an end Friday when the Lady Scorps fell to Los Alamos 3-1 in the 5A state semifinals in Albuquerque.
“We had an amazing season, and that can’t be taken away,” Farmington head coach Shannon Gill said. “I couldn’t ask for anything better from the girls. They left it all out on the field, dominated and never quit. They kept fighting, and that’s their character.”
Fourth-seeded Los Alamos (16-5-2) jumped out to a 2-0 lead on the No. 1 Lady Scorps (19-3) in the first half.
The Lady Hilltoppers’ first goal came on a free kick from about 20 yards out.
The strike found the upper corner of the goal on what Gill called a “beautiful shot.”
Los Alamos’ second goal came off a counterattack, as the Lady Hilltoppers got the ball through the Farmington midfield and defense, then beat keeper Bailey Carter to the near post for the goal.
“We kept fighting,” Gill said. “We pretty much dominated the entire game and outshot them. We missed several one-on-ones and just couldn’t find the back of the net.”
Sophomore Arin Coleman scored the lone goal for the Lady Scorps in the closing minutes of the first half.
Los Alamos added its third goal in the closing minutes of the game to secure the victory.
“They played to win, and for some reason, it wasn’t our chance this year,” Gill said. “We’ll learn our lessons and move forward from here. I could ask to do it with a better group of girls.”
Karl Schneider is the sports editor for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4648.