Lady Scorps hold off Aztec for 2-0 victory
- Sisters Arin and McKenzie Coleman provided Farmington's goals in the win.
- Bloomfield's Teagan Mosley finished with two goals in the Lady Bobcats' 4-3 win over Gallup.
- A quick goal from Christine Young was enough to lift Kirtland Central over Miyamura.
- Navajo Prep committed a costly error late in the match that doomed the Lady Eagles to a 1-0 loss.
FARMINGTON — The Aztec girls soccer team was in control of nearly the entire match against Farmington, but it was the Lady Scorps who came away victorious.
Aztec held possession for the majority of the match, keeping the action on Farmington’s defensive side of the field, but the Lady Scorps took advantage of their rare scoring opportunities to pick up a 2-0 win tonight at Hutchison Stadium.
“We have a lot of respect for Aztec. The girls came in this game knowing it was going to be a good game against a good team. and they came out a little nervous,” Farmington coach Brynn Cochran said. “Knowing that we played as rough as we did and were still able to pull out a win gives the girls a lot of confidence.”
In the 17th minute, Farmington (8-2-1, 3-0 District 1-5A) struck in the form of freshman McKenzie Coleman. Making a run down the left side, Coleman gathered the ball, made a move back to the middle of the field to get past an Aztec defender, and put her shot inside the near post and past Aztec keeper Sierra Sanders.
Throughout the first half, Farmington’s chances were limited by the Lady Tigers’ ability to hold possession in the midfield and work their way into Farmington’s defense.
“I think we probably put as much pressure on (Farmington) as anyone else, we just couldn’t score any goals,” Aztec coach Kelly Kelso said. “No matter how much pressure you put on a team, if you can’t get any goals, (a loss) will be the result. We’ve got to figure out a way to get some confidence.”
The Lady Scorps’ back line stifled the attack from Aztec (7-6, 2-1) with physical play and by putting constant pressure on Aztec’s forwards.
“We knew Aztec likes to kind of bypass the midfield and play the ball up to their forwards, so we talked about not just reacting to them and going up to stop them,” Farmington coach Brynn Cochran said of the Lady Scorps defense. “They did a good job.”
The physical play from the Lady Scorps also caused a major blow to Aztec’s attack that saw two players — Alycea Aviles and Gina Montoya — go down in the final minutes of the first half.
Aviles, one of Aztec’s top goal scorers, went down with a left ankle injury after getting tied up with a Farmington defender. She had to be carried off the field and after the game needed crutches to get around.
A few minutes after Aviles’s injury, Montoya collided with an FHS defender when the two went for a header. Montoya walked off the field under her own power, but did not return.
The Lady Scorps made it 2-0 13 minutes into the second half. Arin Coleman was taken down on the left edge of the box to earn a penalty kick and never gave Sanders a chance for a save, rifling her shot inside the right post for the goal.
Aztec will host Gallup (4-7-1, 0-3) on Thursday while Farmington travels to Gallup to face Miyamura (3-10, 1-2).
Bloomfield 4, Gallup 3
The Bloomfield girls soccer team picked up a 4-3 win over Gallup today in Gallup.
The Lady Bobcats (8-5, 2-1) dominated the first half before letting up in the second half, when the Lady Bengals (4-7-1, 0-3) scored all of their goals.
“We were up 3-0 before they scored on a corner, and after that, we were kind of on our heels,” Bloomfield coach Shannon Nygren said. “We got a little quiet half way through second half. We were always ahead, just got a little too comfortable in the second half.”
Teagan Mosley scored two goals for Bloomfield, while Mercedez Flores and Vanessa Harris added a goal each.
Bloomfield will play at Kirtland Central (4-7, 1-2) on Thursday.
Kirtland Central 1, Miyamura 0
The Kirtland Central girls soccer team (4-7, 1-2) didn’t have its best performance Tuesday against Miyamura (3-10, 1-2), but it was still good enough to pick up its first district win, edging the Lady Patriots 1-0 today in Kirtland.
Christine Young scored the lone goal about three minutes into the match, but KC coach Chad Kimball said that after that his team struggled to maintain possession.
“It was a combination of sloppy play and poor communication on the field,” Kimball said. “We had several opportunities to score, but weren’t able to come away with anything else.”
KC will host Bloomfield (8-5-1, 2-1) on Thursday.
Rehoboth Christian 1, Navajo Prep 0
The Navajo Prep girls soccer team made one mistake late in its District 1-A/4A opener against Rehoboth Christian and the Lady Lynx (3-9-1, 3-0 District 1-A/4A) took advantage, knocking off the Lady Eagles 1-0 this afternoon in Rehoboth.
“It was a hard-fought game,” Prep coach Stacy Irwin said. “The score came with 14 minutes left in the game. We got caught out of place in the back line. That’s all it took, was one of us to make a mistake, and we did.”
The Lady Eagles (5-7-2, 0-1) had scoring opportunities during the game, but couldn’t find the back of the net.
Prep will be off until Oct. 4 when it hosts the Academy for Technology and The Classics (2-9-2, 0-2) at Eagle Stadium.
Karl Schneider is the sports editor for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4648.