Farmington teams fall in ABQ Academy tourneys
Lady Scorps lose on penalty kicks, FHS boys get blanked by Los Alamos
FARMINGTON — Both the Scorpions and Lady Scorpions came up short on the first day of their respective Albuquerque Academy tournaments today.
The Farmington girls battled Goddard beyond double overtime, where the Lady Scorps lost a penalty-kick shootout 4-2, and the game 4-3.
The Lady Scorpions (4-1) put Thursday's blowout loss to St. Pius X behind them and put up a fight against Goddard (5-4).
Sisters Arin and McKenzie Coleman accounted for all three FHS goals. Arin netted two of them.
Down 2-1 at the half, Farmington scored twice in a row before the Lady Rockets evened it up one more time just before the final buzzer.
Farmington netminder Chyna Walters caught a tough break in the PK shootout when a ball ricocheted off her hands, up into the crossbar, and finally off the back of her neck for a goal. That broke the 2-2 PK tie, and Goddard added one more score after that to seal the victory.
FHS coach Brynn Cochran Chavez said her team doesn't have any natural defenders, and that has hindered his squad to a degree.
"We're still working on our passing from the defense to the midfield," Cochran Chavez said. "We let some easy ones get through that we should have stopped, but these girls are doing everything they can to step up, and it's just a growing process right now."
FHS' plays Los Lunas at 10 a.m. Saturday on day two of the ABQ Academy tourney.
Los Alamos 4, Farmington 0
The Scorps fell to 1-3 on the season when Los Alamos (6-2) shut them down 4-0 today.
"Los Alamos is a good team, and they just whooped us," Farmington coach Byron Farnsworth said.
The coach didn't think his team ever got comfortable in the game and was done in by a lot of self-inflicted errors.
"We tried to play a lot of through balls and really didn't possess the ball like we normally do," he said. "We tried to play a vertical game, and Los Alamos just wasn't having it; they did a good job of possessing the ball."
Even though Farmington has picked up just one win in its first four tries, Farnsworth isn't discouraged. He said he created a tough nondistrict schedule on purpose.
"We scheduled nondistrict games against state title winners, state runner-ups or state semifinalists — that's it," Farnsworth said. "We don't look at it as struggling. We knew we'd take a loss here and there."
Jake Newby covers sports for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4577.