PV gets first win over Aztec since 2011

Bloomfield's attack put constant pressure on Bernalillo on the way to a 2-0 win at Bobcat Stadium

Karl Schneider
  • Natalie Flores scored two goals in the win for the Lady Panthers
  • Bloomfield's Elicia Griego and Teagan Mosley provided a goal each to lift the Lady Bobcats

FARMINGTON — The Piedra Vista girls soccer team earned its first win over Aztec since the 2011 season with a 3-0 victory today at the Piedra Vista soccer fields.

Aztec's Kaylee Madewell competes for the ball against Piedra Vista's Natalie Martin, left, and Jensen Carpenter on Tuesday at Piedra Vista High School.

“It’s huge,” PV coach Adam Huff said of the win. “That’s the first time our program has beaten Aztec in five years. Not only does it build a lot of confidence, but I think we we’re able to figure some stuff out. I told the girls after the game that that was the PV team I’ve been waiting to see all season.”

Natalie Flores came up with two goals in the first half. Midway through the first half, she connected on a free kick to give PV a 1-0 lead. A few minutes later, the Lady Panthers were awarded a corner kick, and after Aztec was unable to get a clearance, Flores put the ball past the keeper to make it 2-0.

Another bad clearance led to a second-half goal for PV. Perrie Whalen directed a header toward the goal that hit off the side of a Lady Tiger's foot as she tried to clear it, deflecting into the back of the net.

While PV (5-4) found gaps in Aztec’s defense and got a couple fortunate bounces, Aztec (4-4) struggled to get anything going.

“I don’t know what happened. It was just ugly,” Aztec coach Kelly Kelso said. “I told the girls PV was going to come out hard after they had a couple really tough losses last week. We knew they were going to come out hard and want to win, and we came out flat. PV was the better team today. The team that deserved to win did.”

PV mixed up its lineup for the game against Aztec by moving junior Hannah Sayyeau from forward to keeper. Sayyeau wasn’t tested much with the Lady Tigers only getting a few shots on goal, but Huff said her presence in goal changed the dynamic of PV’s defense.

Piedra Vista's goalie Hannah Sayyeau protects the ball against Aztec on Tuesday at Piedra Vista High School.

“I think the biggest difference was it gave a different confidence to everyone on the field. Hannah can be aggressively vocal, so when she tells the girls to do something, they really jump to do it,” Huff said.

Both teams will have home games on Saturday. PV will host Bosque (2-4-1). Aztec will welcome Valencia (3-3).

“They’re going to have to start having a different attitude regardless of who we’re playing, and the coaches have to look and see what we did wrong, too,” Kelso said. “Sometimes, you have to take a loss like this to open your eyes.”

Bloomfield 2, Bernalillo 0

The Bloomfield girls soccer team is starting to click.

The Lady Bobcats have been putting an emphasis on better passing and communication and it paid off today in a 2-0 win over Bernalillo at Bobcat Stadium in Bloomfield.

“The girls looked great. They had a lot of good passing and communication,” Bloomfield coach Shannon Nygren said. “We had a lot of offense, just way too many shots that didn’t go in. We had 15 shots on goal in the first half and only two goals.”

The Lady Bobcats (6-3) implemented a new defense that kept Bernalillo (1-4-2) from breaking through and opened up counter opportunities for Bloomfield.

Elicia Griego and Teagan Mosley provided the two goals for the Lady Bobcats.

Bloomfield will be off until Sept. 15 when the team travels to Los Alamos to face the Lady Hilltoppers (5-2).

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