Sartans shut down Scorpions 3-0

Jake Newby

FARMINGTON — On its season-long quest to play only the best nondistrict opponents coach Byron Farnsworth can schedule, the Farmington boys soccer team suffered a 3-0 defeat at the hands of the visiting St. Pius X today.


The Sartans (2-4), who were knocked out of the 5A state playoffs in the quarterfinals last year like Farmington, were methodical with their passes today at Hutchison Stadium.

From its front line to its defense, Pius controlled the game by executing crisp passes and controlling possession while still staying aggressive. Farnsworth said the Scorpions (2-5) couldn't do much of anything against the Sartans.

"They're an aggressive, high-pressure team, and we just had a difficult time dealing with them today," Farnsworth said. "We basically just got completely outworked today, plain and simple."

Farmington's Ned Merrion, left, battles for the ball against a player from St. Pius X during their game on Saturday at Hutchison Stadium in Farmington.

Pius scored once before the break and twice after. On their first two goals, the Sartans worked to earn odd-man rushes and were able to overwhelm goalie James Schriver. The last goal came via a rebound with Schriver out of position and 40 seconds left on the clock.

Farnsworth said his team has to better, collectively, going forward. He believes Schriver's been a bright spot for his team, he just didn't receive a lot of aid from his defense today.

"This is his first full year as a starter. He has a brand-new back line in front him, and I think he's done a fantastic job," Farnsworth said. "Make its difficult when the other 10 guys are allowing shots right in front of your box."

The Scorps get back to work on Tuesday for a 6 p.m. home game against Gallup, which is winless so far this season.

Bayfield, Colo., 7, Kirtland Central 1 

Kirtland Central played an uninspired game of soccer today at Bronco Stadium and lost 7-1 to Bayfield, Colo.

Late in the opening half, Anesio Villegas scored KC's only goal on a pass from Marco Camacho. Aside from that, the Broncos (3-3) looked like they didn't want to play, according to KC coach Noel Camacho.

Farmington's Manual Viveros dribbles the ball during a game against St. Pius X on Saturday at Hutchison Stadium in Farmington.

"(Bayfield) was first to the ball, they were pressuring and passing it nicely, and our kids were just waiting for things to happen," Camacho said. "You can't play that way."

The score was 2-1 at halftime before the floodgates opened and Bayfield (2-3-1) poured in five goals.

The coach said he thinks the breakdown was related to Marco Camacho's calf cramps, which forced him to leave the game early. He cramped up during Thursday's win over Rehoboth Christian and aggravated that condition today

Camacho said the loss of his son weakened KC's midfield.

"We started losing the ball on the midfield too much," Camacho said. "Our defense was not communicating and was kind of waiting for the ball to get to them."

The Broncos try to get back in the win column when they host Aztec (2-6-1) on Tuesday.

Jake Newby covers sports for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4577.