Scorpions drop season opener 4-3 in overtime
Farmington girls pick up first two wins of the season; PV girls fall to Valencia
FARMINGTON — The Farmington boys soccer team dropped its season opener today, falling 4-3 in overtime to Sandia Prep at the Farmington Soccer Complex.
The game-winning goal for Sandia Prep (2-0) came on a free kick that deflected off the head of one of the Farmington players and into the back of the net.
“We can take a lot of positives out of this. It was a great test for us with the 4A state runner-ups right out of the gate,” Farmington coach Byron Farnsworth said. “Our back line is all new, we have a new formation, really a lot of new things we’re trying to do this season, so there are a lot of positives we can take away from this game.”
Yosmar Ruiz came away with all three goals for the Scorps. Farnsworth said all three were really team goals, coming after good possession and passing with Ruiz just being on the end of the possessions.
Farmington will host Bosque (1-3) on Sept. 3.
Piedra Vista 4, Aztec 1
Valencia 4, Piedra Vista 0
The Piedra Vista boys soccer team split its pair of games at the Louis Cernicek Tournament in Los Alamos today.
PV (3-2) fell to Valencia 4-0 in the first round, then topped rival Aztec 4-1 to advance to Saturday’s fifth-place match.
Against Valencia (2-0), PV coach Carlos Yllesces said the Jaguars did a good job of putting pressure on the Panthers and making them uncomfortable.
“There are a lot of quality teams at this tournament, and it’s a learning experience for us,” Yllesces said. “Moving up to 6A, these are the types of teams we want to play so we can make the jump with good playing experience.”
In the win over Aztec (2-4), PV got goals from Max Eisenfeld, Elijah Warner, Riley Hill and Richard Cross.
Aztec head coach Stephen Parks said the Tigers played well in the first half, but mental lapses in the second half let the game get away.
Parks said that toward the end of the second half, the team got back in rhythm.
Francisco Villegas scored the Tigers' lone goal on a penalty kick.
PV will play Clovis (2-2) in the fifth-place match Saturday.
Los Alamos 10, Aztec 0
The Aztec boys soccer team had a rough start at the Louis Cernicek Tournament in Los Alamos, falling 10-0 to Los Alamos today.
The Tigers (2-4) fell behind 3-0 at halftime, but saw the Hilltoppers (1-1) pile on eight goals in the second half.
“In the first half, I felt like we played pretty well. We were doing some good things and playing good defense,” Aztec coach Stephen Parks said. “I think what happened in the second half was they (the Hilltoppers) got a couple goals, and it got to us mentally.”
Parks added that he felt Los Alamos’ deep bench wore the Tigers down in the second half.
Aztec will play Bosque (1-3) in the seventh-place match Saturday.
Farmington 3, Bosque 2
Farmington 4, Clovis 2
Farmington's season opener was a success today, as the Lady Scorpions took down Bosque 3-2 in the opening round of the Taos Tournament.
Freshman McKenzie Coleman scored twice for Farmington, with her second score coming near the 21:00 minute mark of the second half to break a 2-2 tie. Junior Arin Coleman also found the back of the net for the Lady Scorps.
Farmington never played from behind.
Like any sports team in its season opener, the Lady Scorps have some things to correct if they hope to snag another 1-5A district title. First-year head coach Brynn Chavez Cochran said she's focused on keeping her midfield strong, so that the defense is better positioned and there's less of a gap between the team's front line and back line.
Chavez Cochran did say she was proud of her girls for outlasting Bosque in a hard-fought battle.
"The girls did a great job, they played together as a team," she said. "We played well with control, played well with possession, and I'm really proud of the team today."
In the nightcap, Farmington met Clovis and came away with a 4-2 victory. The Coleman girls scored a goal apiece in that game, and Narcissa Fowler and Felicia Moseley added two more.
The Lady Scorps are back in action at 5 p.m. Saturday as they tangle with Santa Fe.
Valencia 2, Piedra Vista 1
It was a frustrating day for Piedra Vista, which had its chances, but was ultimately downed 2-1 by Valencia this afternoon on the road.
The Lady Jaguars (2-3) got a late goal on a free kick late in the first half to go up 1-0 by halftime. Fifteen minutes into the second half, a nice offensive attack by PV resulted in a Makeyan Kalmbach goal to tie it.
With just a few minutes to go in the game, PV (3-2) couldn't clear the aftermath of a Valencia corner kick, and instead, a penalty kick was awarded to the Lady Jags. They made good on what would be the game winner.
PV coach Adam Huff said his girls managed a couple of corner kicks at the end of the game but couldn't finish them. He said it was a disappointing game all around.
"The offensive part's frustrating because if you take care of that, you don't give them life at the other end to score off a cheap corner or whatever," he said.
PV won't travel back to Farmington tonight. Instead, it will pay Los Lunas (1-1) a visit for a 1 p.m. contest on Saturday.
Karl Schneider is the sports editor for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4648.
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