Bloomfield boys can't capitalize on penalty kick, lose 2-1 to Grants
FARMINGTON — The Bloomfield girls soccer team kept a noticeably improved Navajo Prep squad off the scoreboard today.
The Lady Bobcats (2-2) scored once before halftime and twice after the break to down Prep 3-0 at Mesa Alta Middle School in Bloomfield.
Bloomfield coach Shannon Nygren said Prep (2-2) constructed a solid game plan built to stop Teagan Mosley, Bloomfield's 18-goal scorer from a season ago.
"Navajo Prep's made a lot of good developments. They wanted to shut down Teagan, and they pretty much did that; she had 17 shots and only one goal," Nygren said. "We came in at halftime and talked about taking shots early and not taking it straight to the box, because (Navajo Prep) did a pretty good job of stacking the box,"
Kara Watchman scored Bloomfield's first and third goals, while Mosley chipped in the second.
The Lady Eagles had 10 shots on goal, and though they didn't score, coach Stacy Irwin was pleased with the offensive aggressiveness.
"We're doing a new offensive formation, and the girls have really caught on to it," Irwin said. "I have a bunch of freshmen and sophomores that really attacked. The more we go with the season, the better I think we're going to get."
Bloomfield hosts Piedra Vista on Tuesday, the same day Prep visits Gallup.
Grants 2, Bloomfield 1
It's been a tough start to the season for the Bloomfield boys soccer team after graduating its top two goal scorers from last season.
The Bobcats fell 2-1 to Grants today on the road and have only scored twice in four games. Last year, Sammy Gutierrez and Edgar Fonseca netted 35 of the team's 42 goals.
For the second straight game, the Bobcats (0-3-1) were awarded a penalty kick in a crucial situation, and for the second straight game, they failed to make good on it.
Jordan Shields couldn't score a game-winning attempt on Saturday to lift his team in overtime, and then today, Isiah Natoni took a shot with three minutes left in the game to tie it and was denied by the Grants (3-2) netminder.
"The ball was well placed by Isiah, their goalie just made a great save to his left," Bloomfield coach Scott Reid said.
The offensive struggles are becoming increasingly paramount, but the defense had its fingerprints on the loss, as well. The Bobcats outshot Grants 25-7 but still lost, despite possessing the ball for "about 80 percent of the game," according to Reid.
"On the two goals we gave them, we made silly mistakes," he said. "The first one was a matter of hustling to the ball, and we did some ball watching, and that cost us. On the second goal, it looked like it was going to be a routine save, and the ball took an odd bounce right before it got to our goalie's hands and went in."
Natoni scored Bloomfield's only goal, which came inside the 60th minute. He has scored both Bobcat goals this season.
Bloomfield will be back at home Tuesday to face Piedra Vista (2-1).
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