Farmington girls fall 3-0 to St. Pius X
Lady Broncos fall short against Taos; Piedra Vista loses 1-0 to Los Alamos
- Farmington gave up three goals after halftime and was ousted 3-0 by St. Pius.
- Navajo Prep battled Arizona opponents to a pair of tie matches.
- Piedra Vista lost 1-0 to Los Alamos on a late-game corner kick.
- Christine Young scored twice in Kirtland Central's 4-3 loss to Taos.
FARMINGTON — The Farmington girls soccer team lost to St. Pius X today, but the Lady Scorpions fared much better than the last time they battled the three-time defending 5A state champions.
The Lady Sartans (5-4-1) put on an offensive clinic during their Sept. 8 match with Farmington at Hutchison Stadium, winning 7-1. Pius beat the Lady Scorps (5-3) again today at Farmington's place, but this time, it won only by a score of 3-0.
FHS coach Brynn Chavez Cochran said her team defense stepped up.
"Coming into this game, we knew we needed to shut down their alleys. The defense needed to play strong, and they did," Chavez Cochran said. "We just knew we had to control the back line and keep them from getting into our lanes and getting toward the goal."
The Lady Scorps did just that for the first 60 minutes, as Pius didn't find the back of the net until after halftime.
On the Lady Sartans' second goal, Farmington defenders failed to clear a ball out of the box in time and paid for it. Pius' third goal came on a penalty kick, which the school was awarded following a 50-50 ball.
The Lady Scorps will try to bounce back Tuesday in a game at Gallup (4-4-1).
Navajo Prep 1, Blue Ridge, Ariz., 1
Navajo Prep 0, Snowflake, Ariz., 0
The Lady Eagles finished a four-match weekend at Arizona's Show Low Invitiational today with a couple of low-scoring tie games.
Navajo Prep (5-5-2) defeated Payson, Ariz., 2-0 on Friday, then lost 2-1 to Camp Verde, Ariz.
Today, the Lady Eagles tied Blue Ridge, Ariz., 1-1 before fighting Snowflake, Ariz., to a 0-0 stalemate.
Prep coach Stacy Irwin said he thinks there were only six or seven total shots on net in each game.
"We struggled on finishing, but both defenses and midfields played well," Irwin said of both opponents. "They were really good defensive games."
Sophomore Naakii Brown scored Prep's only goal of the day, early on in the Blue Ridge game. The Lady Yellow Jackets tied it 10 minutes later.
Irwin said Snowflake reminded him of Miyamura or Gallup because the Lady Lobos go with four girls on the front line and three apiece on the midfield and back line.
Senior goalie Janelle Buffalo represented the Lady Eagles on the all-tournament team.
Prep's first game back in New Mexico is a road tilt at Moriarty on Thursday.
Los Alamos 1, Piedra Vista 0
It's been a seesaw season for Piedra Vista, which was blanked 1-0 by Los Alamos today on the road.
PV (6-6) hasn't won or lost three consecutive games to date. The Lady Panthers fell for the second time in a row when Los Alamos (9-2) made good on a corner kick with 15 minutes to go in the game.
"We didn't do a good job of marking, and they got a goal," PV coach Adam Huff said. "This was even after they had a penalty kick, and Hannah (Sayyeau) made a good save. We were holding strong for a while and then just fell asleep on the back end."
Huff said PV failed to net a few free kicks, an area the Lady Panthers had done well in until today.
PV gets a week off before heading to Cibola (6-2-1) on Saturday.
Taos 4, Kirtland Central 3
The Lady Broncos hit the road and lost a tight game to a good Taos team today.
Christine Young was assertive early on with two goals in a span of 10 minutes for Kirtland Central (3-5). But according to KC coach Chad Kimball, his team lost its head for the rest of the first half.
"A good 10 to 20 minutes of not thinking really killed us," Kimball said. "We stopped thinking, and Taos was able to put three goals in before halftime."
The Lady Tigers (5-1-1) actually scored four unanswered goals before KC captain Nikki Begay converted on a penalty kick 20 minutes into the second half.
Kimball said the offense did a good job of generating offense after Begay made it a one-goal game, but couldn't score a fourth goal.
KC visits Aztec (5-5) for a 6 p.m. game Tuesday at the Aztec Tiger Sports Complex.
Jake Newby covers sports for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4577.