FARMINGTON — The Bloomfield girls soccer team claimed the title at Rehoboth Christian’s tournament, beating the Academy for Technology and the Classics 5-0 to win the championship today in Rehoboth.
At the round-robin tourney, the Lady Bobcats won their opening game 4-1 over the host Lady Lynx (1-3-1) Friday night, then edged Arizona’s Round Valley 5-4 this morning to set up the match with ATC (0-6-1).
“We had a lot more offense than we’ve had in previous games. It took a little while to find our groove on offense, but once they got going, the girls were on the attack,” Bloomfield coach Shannon Nygren said. “They attacked and never stopped. This tournament was the first time I’ve seen them do that ever.”
After Bloomfield (5-3) struggled with its passing in the first few matches of the season, Nygren put an emphasis on quicker and better passing in practices, and said the work was evident in the win.
Aside from the slow start against Round Valley (1-1), Nygren said Bloomfield’s defense played great during the weekend.
“Defense did a much better job making plays out of the back, making good passes and shutting down the opposing teams’ passes in, too. They were able to shift and cut all the angles out,” Nygren said.
Bloomfield will host Bernalillo (1-3-1) on Tuesday.
Hope Christian 4, Piedra Vista 0
The Piedra Vista boys soccer team struggled to keep its focus during today’s match with Hope Christian and the result was a 4-0 loss to the Huskies in Albuquerque.
“We had defensive mistakes — that was the thing,” PV coach Carlos Yllescas said. “We looked very strong in the beginning, but had too many moments of up and down play. This will be a learning experience for the team, and we’ll make adjustments.”
Yllescas said most of the mistakes were the result of bad communication on the back line.
The Panthers (5-3-1) put pressure on Hope’s defense in the opening stages of the first half, but the Huskies’ keeper made some good saves to keep PV scoreless.
After the Huskies (3-1) found the back of the net a couple of times, Yllescas said his team lost its intensity and let Hope control the rest of the first half.
PV started strong in the second half, but a penalty kick was awarded to the Huskies, which led to another lapse in intensity for the Panthers.
“We have to recover from those mental mistakes,” Yllescas said. “We’re a good team and playing better, but we need to work and focus on the defense. Our midfield and (forwards) can play against any team in the state, but now we need to work on our defense.”
PV will host Aztec (2-4-1) on Tuesday.
Karl Schneider is the sports editor for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4648.