Aztec, PV girls earn wins at Aztec Invitational

Karl Schneider,

FARMINGTON — The Aztec girls soccer team had a great start to its home tournament, scoring four goals in the first half en route to a 5-0 win over Belen during the first round of the Aztec Invitational today at the Aztec Tiger Sports Complex.

Bloomfield's Vanessa Harris, left, moves the ball past Los Alamos's Sophie Wood on Friday during the Aztec Invitational at the Aztec Tiger Sports Complex.

“They looked good,” Aztec coach Kelly Kelso said of his team. “We played really well, and they came out really strong and fast. Things dropped down in the second half, I think just because we were up four goals and kind of relaxed.”

Junior forward Alycea Aviles paced the Aztec attack, finishing the day with two goals and one assist. Autumn Petersen, Grace Olson and Kaylee Madewell added one goal each in the win.

Aztec (1-2) will play Piedra Vista (1-0) in the tournament’s semifinals at 8 a.m. Saturday.

“Obviously, we’ll have a pretty serious test with PV tomorrow,” Kelso said. “It will really show us where everyone is at.”

Piedra Vista 5, Miyamura 0

The Piedra Vista girls soccer team got off to a fast start in the 2016 season, rolling through Miyamura (0-1) 5-0 in the first round of the Aztec Invitational today at the Aztec Tiger Sports Complex.

“They were really good today,” PV coach Adam Huff said of his team. “We had a lot of chances, we just didn’t finish as many as we hoped. In the first half, we had about 20 shots but were only able to get two in.”

Mia Eisenfeld, Hannah Sayyeau, LisaMarie Jones, Cydnie Stock and Makeyan Kalmbach each came away with a goal in the win.

PV (1-0) will play Aztec (1-2) Saturday in the semifinals.

“We have to keep possession and play the possession game. That’s what we’ve been working on all summer,” Huff said. “We know we won’t get as many scoring opportunities as we did (against Miyamura), so we need to finish the opportunities that we do get.”

Bosque 8, Kirtland Central 0

The Kirtland Central girls soccer team couldn't find an answer for Bosque (1-0), falling 8-0 in the first round of the Aztec Invitational today at the Aztec Tiger Sports Complex.

“Since we have so many new players, the more experienced teams are able to exploit our weaknesses and take advantage of our mistakes,” KC head coach Chad Kimball said. “I think as the season goes on, we’ll be able to keep up with these tougher teams.”

Kirtland Central's Rebecca James, right, and Bosque's Lizzy Raby compete for possession on  Friday during the Aztec Invite at the Aztec Tiger Sports Complex.

The loss dropped KC (0-2) into the consolation bracket, where the team met rival Bloomfield.

Los Alamos 6, Bloomfield 0

Bloomfield 6, Kirtland Central 0

The Bloomfield girls soccer team split its two games at the Aztec Invitational today, falling to Los Alamos 6-0 before bouncing back to top Kirtland Central 6-0 at the Aztec Tiger Sports Complex.

Bloomfield head coach Shannon Nygren said her team played solid defense in the first half against Los Alamos (1-0) before giving up four second-half goals.

“The girls started out really strong and they looked really good, and Los Alamos is a really good team,” Nygren said. “They worked our defense a lot, and we had trouble finding some momentum going forward.”

Against KC (0-2), Nygren said Bloomfield (1-1) found its groove offensively, passing the ball well to find holes in the KC defense. Teagan Mosley led the way with four goals while Vanessa Harris added two goals of her own.

KC coach Chad Kimball said part of the issues his team experienced against Bloomfield were similar to those against Bosque, but the team also suffered a major blow when starting goalkeeper Jayden Guillory had to leave the game with an injury.

Kirtland Central's Kalieyah Boyd, left, and Bosque's Bryanna Bravo chase the ball on Friday during the Aztec Invitational at the Aztec Tiger Sports Complex.

KC will play Miyamura (0-2) in the seventh-place match at noon Saturday.

Bloomfield will play Belen (1-1) in the tourney’s fifth-place match at noon Saturday.

“I want to see the strength of our defense from the first game and the passing of our offense in the second game," Nygren said. If they can carry over what they did today and put it into one game, they’ll do phenomenal.”

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