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Navajo Prep continues to show improvement, but a couple of mental errors plagued the Lady Eagles in a 2-1 loss

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FARMINGTON — The Piedra Vista girls soccer team was the aggressor and wore down Bloomfield’s midfield on its way to a 6-0 victory today at Piedra Vista.

The Lady Panthers controlled possession for the majority of the game, but Bloomfield’s speed created some problems and opened up scoring chances for the Lady Bobcats.

“They controlled the ball and did a lot of passing around us. We couldn’t get our passing together today. We’d give it away, and not being the first to the ball was a big problem for us today,” Bloomfield coach Shannon Nygren said. “We had plenty of opportunities. We just couldn’t capitalize on any of them.”

PV got two of its goals from Natalie Flores. Both of her goals came on free kicks, and PV coach Adam Huff said the second was a perfectly placed ball in the upper corner of the far post, making it impossible for the Bloomfield keeper to stop.

Hannah Sayyeau, Makeyan Kalmbach, Cydnie Stock and Reagan Cordell add a goal each. Cordell also finished the day with two assists.

Both team will face tough tests this weekend.

Bloomfield will travel to Rehoboth to face Rehoboth Christian in the first round of the Rehoboth Christian tournament on Friday.

PV will host defending 4A state champion Hope Christian on Saturday.

“We have a good stretch of games coming up, and we need to be more efficient,” Huff said. “We had a lot of chances today, and six goals is good, but when we play top-tier teams, we’re not going to get as many chances, so we really need to take advantage of the ones we get.”

Gallup 2, Navajo Prep 1

A pair of mental lapses in the midfield doomed the Navajo Prep girls soccer team to a 2-1 loss to Gallup today in Gallup.

But the loss came with a plethora of positives for the Lady Eagles. Prep coach Stacy Irwin said it was the first time his squad has been able to score against the Lady Bengals and that the Lady Eagles outshot Gallup, putting 17 shots on goal compared to Gallup’s six shots on goal.

The Lady Eagles (2-3) took an early 1-0 lead when sophomore Naakii Brown got through Gallup’s back line and scored in the 12th minute.

Gallup (2-1-1) answered a few minutes later after a breakdown in Prep’s midfield.

Gallup’s go-ahead goal came with about 12 minutes left in the match, when another miscue in the midfield allowed the Lady Bengals to break through and score.

Prep will play at Santa Fe Indian School (0-4) on Thursday.

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

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