Panther boys, girls get shut down by Cibola
The PV boys lost 7-0 while the Lady Panthers fell 6-0
FARMINGTON — The Piedra Vista boys soccer team was blitzed for five goals in a span of 28 minutes today and wound up losing 7-0 to Cibola at the Piedra Vista Soccer Fields in Farmington.
It was PV's first District 1-6A game since being reclassified, and nerves may have factored into the nightmarish start, according to coach Carlos Yllescas.
"In the first half, we made a lot of mistakes," Yllescas said. "It could be the first time playing a 6A school in the district. Some players were nervous. Also, you know, this kind of team will take advantage — when they see you getting down, they will punish you."
Cibola (7-3) made good on nearly every shot attempt it put on net in the opening half. After redirecting a corner kick for a goal eight minutes in, the Cougars got into the box again less than a minute later to score their second goal.
Cibola scored via rebound goals, off free kicks and amid one-on-one battles with PV (6-6-1) defenders. All six of its first-half goals were at the expense of Panthers' senior goalkeeper Pablo Millaruello.
Yllescas admitted it was a rough one for Millaruello, but he isn't concerned about his netminder's confidence level going forward.
"Pablo's playing good, but goalie is a tough position. If you are not focused, you can get run out of the game," Yllescas said. "It wasn't his moment. Mentally, he was hurt having these goals scored on him. But I know he's going to be OK for the next game."
Bryan Sanchez took over in net in the second half, which looked night-and-day different than the first.
Cibola's only goal after halftime came on a penalty kick with 11 minutes left. The Panthers were the aggressors in the second half and appeared to shake off a lot of the nervous energy that plagued them in the beginning.
"We recovered in the second half. We played our game," Yllescas said. "We play with high intensity, we pressure, we pass, we communicate and we move the ball — that's how we play."
PV will try to bounce back in a road game on Thursday versus Cleveland (12-2).
Cibola 6, Piedra Vista 0
The Lady Panthers were dropped by Cibola (6-2-1) on the road this morning, as the Lady Cougars buried three goals in each half en route to a 6-0 win.
The defending 6A champions looked better than most teams PV has played in its nondistrict schedule, according to coach Adam Huff, but his Lady Panthers (6-7) made their share of mistakes.
"Four or five of their goals were just simple mistakes," Huff said. "I'm not sure if was nerves or what, but, really, they probably had one or two good goals of the six."
Like the boys, the Lady Panthers will try to get back in the win column on Thursday in a home game against Cleveland. But it won't be easy — the Lady Storm (11-0-1) has allowed just three goals over 12 games.
Jake Newby covers sports for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4577.