FARMINGTON — The Piedra Vista girls soccer team applied a furious offensive attack to topple Kirtland Central 3-0 today at Bronco Stadium in Kirtland.
KC (1-3) battled through the first half to keep the score at 0-0 at halftime, but the relentless attack from PV (3-1) finally wore down the defense.
“I have to give props to our defense. They played valiantly and did a great job clearing the ball, they just got a little worn down in the second half,” KC coach Chad Kimball said.
Kimball said KC only had one or two scoring opportunities and spent most of the 80 minutes trying to stifle PV’s offense.
PV received goals from Natalie Flores, who was pulled up from junior varsity for today’s game, Mia Eisenfeld and LisaMarie Jones.
KC will be off for more than two weeks, next facing Navajo Prep (2-1) on the road on Sept. 8. Kimball said he plans to use the time off to work on the team’s midfield in hopes of creating more scoring opportunities.
PV will turn its attention to avenging a 2-0 loss to Valencia (0-2) in the first round of the 5A playoffs last season when the team heads to Los Lunas on Friday.
“I want to see some intensity and focus. If we can come out and play hard, and we’re focused we’ll be fine,” Huff said. “If you don’t have a little extra passion and energy for a game like this, you’re not much of a competitor, and I believe these girls are competitors.”
Hope Christian 6, Aztec 1
The Aztec boys soccer team was the victim of a flurry of goals from Hope Christian in a 6-1 loss to the Huskies today at Fred Cook Memorial Stadium in Aztec.
Midway through the first half, the Huskies (1-0) found the back of the net four times in a matter of a few minutes to blow the match open 4-0.
“I don’t really know what happened. They popped in four goals really quick, but after that, we started playing pretty decent,” Aztec coach Stephen Parks said.
Aztec (2-2) avoided the shutout when freshman Francisco Villegas fired a laser from the top of the box that caught the top of the framework and ricocheted in for a goal.
Aztec will play Los Alamos (0-0) at the Louis Cernicek Tournament on Friday in Los Alamos.
Going into the tournament, Parks said the focus for the Tigers will be continued improvement.
“After the game, we talked about touch and passing, the little things to get better and be more competitive,” Parks said. “The guys understand that we’re going to go through these rough patches, and we need to take the positives away from what we’re doing.”
Karl Schneider is the sports editor at the Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4648.