Aztec uses second-half spree to top KC 5-0
Bloomfield, Farmington girls and Farmington boys all earn wins in District 1-5A openers
- A trio of Lady Bobcats scored in their 3-0 win over Miyamura.
- Six Lady Scorps found the back of the net in Farmington's route of Gallup.
- Farmington boys needed just one half to topple Gallup 10-0.
FARMINGTON — The Aztec girls soccer team used a flurry of goals early in the second half to propel the Lady Tigers to a 5-0 win over Kirtland Central (4-6, 0-1 District 1-5A) in the teams’ District 1-5A opener tonight at Fred Cook Memorial Stadium in Aztec.
After the Lady Tigers (6-5, 1-0) held a 1-0 lead at halftime, getting the goal from Alycea Aviles, the team scored four goals in the opening nine minutes of the second half to blow the match open.
“In the second half, the girls relaxed a little bit, and they really started connecting on their passes,” Aztec coach Kelly Kelso said. “Kirtland played well in the first half. They packed in on us, and there wasn’t a lot of space, so we had to start finding areas and moving around. The girls had to think a little bit, and they really started moving around and made some good runs.”
Aviles added another goal in the second half. Autumn Petersen scored twice and Kaylee Madewell added the final goal.
KC coach Chad Kimball said his team’s troubles came from not playing aggressively and losing track of Aztec players, which led to the scoring spree in the second half.
“In the first half, we were marking really well, but in the second half, a couple of the girls lost their mark. When you play a team as good as Aztec and you lose your mark, they’re going to exploit it,” Kimball said.
KC will play at Farmington (6-2-1, 1-0) at 4 p.m. Thursday.
Aztec will travel to Bloomfield to challenge the Lady Bobcats (7-4, 1-0) at 6 p.m. Thursday.
Bloomfield 3, Miyamura 0
The Bloomfield girls soccer team got off to a great start in its District 1-5A opener, shutting out Miyamura 3-0 tonight at Bobcat Stadium in Bloomfield.
Bloomfield coach Shannon Nygren said the Lady Bobcats (7-4, 1-0) started the game very aggressively, taking control of the game early, and held the Lady Patriots to just a handful of shots during the first half.
In the second half, Miyamura (2-9, 0-1) had a few more chances to score after Nygren said Bloomfield’s communication broke down a couple of times.
Teagan Mosely, Vanessa Harris and Kara Watchman came up with the Lady Bobcats’ three goals.
“Teagan Mosely did phenomenal tonight, especially since Miyamura had focused on shutting her down, as well as Vanessa Harris,” Nygren said. “I could tell they weren’t expecting Kara to be in the offense, because typically she’s our goal keeper, but she’s such an amazing player. They all work incredibly well together. When they click, they’re phenomenal.”
Bloomfield will host Aztec (6-5, 1-0) at 6 p.m. Thursday.
Farmington 9, Gallup 0
The Farmington girls soccer team dominated its District 1-5A opener against Gallup (4-5-1, 0-1), blanking the Lady Bengals 9-0 tonight in Gallup.
Farmington coach Brynn Cochran said the Lady Scorps (6-2-1, 1-0) controlled possession for the bulk of the match and used an early lead to move players around and experiment with different lineups.
“We got to try some different girls in different spot to try to add more depth at all of our positions. We know we have a long season coming up so getting the girls some experience in different spots will help,” Cochran said. “I love that so many different girls scored today because it shows that it could be anyone at any time.”
Narcissa Fowler, McKenzie Coleman and Eliza Marrion scored two goals each in the win. Arin Coleman, Felicia Moseley and Ruby Garcia notched a goal apiece.
Farmington will host Kirtland Central (4-6, 0-1) at 4 p.m. Thursday at Hutchison Stadium.
Farmington 10, Gallup 0
The Farmington boys soccer team rolled past Gallup, scoring 10 goals in the first half to cruise to a 10-0 victory tonight at Hutchison Stadium.
Farmington coach Byron Farnsworth said the Scorps (2-5, 1-0 District 1-5A) used their athleticism and skill to hold possession for nearly the entire time on the field, but said the team’s efficiency and ability to take advantage of openings was the biggest difference against the Bengals (0-9, 0-1).
Yosmar Ruiz finished the day with three goals to pace the Scorps while Ned Marrion added two goals.
Farnsworth said he didn’t mess around the lineup much after the team took a big lead early on, and instead chose to let the young team get time on the field together to help build chemistry for the remainder of the season.
Farmington will travel to Kirtland on Thursday to play the Broncos (3-4, 0-1), and Farnsworth said he wants the Scorps to maintain the focus and determination they exhibited against the Bengals.
“The big thing we’ve talked about is not being so nice. We try to go into games like it's a faceless opponent. We’re trying to play for a state title, and we look at every day like it’s a state championship. That’s how we’re trying to look at things and prepare for them.”
Karl Schneider is the sports editor for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4648.