Broncos gallop past Bobcats 5-1
- After a slow start to the season, Farmington has won four straight with a 7-0 win over Miyamura.
- Aztec saw five players score in its 8-0 win against Gallup.
FARMINGTON — The Kirtland Central boys soccer team snapped a four-game losing streak today by besting Bloomfield 5-1 on the road.
It was a 2-1 game at halftime, but KC (4-6, 1-3 District 1-5A) took advantage of two Bloomfield fouls after the break by scoring on the ensuing set pieces to create some breathing room at Mesa Alta Junior High School in Bloomfield.
Broncos coach Noel Camacho said his team played with a sense of urgency for the first time in a while.
"The kids were pressuring the ball, beating (Bloomfield's) boys to the ball and playing together," Camacho said. "It was good to see them not giving up on 50/50 balls."
A Manny Cuevas header goal put Bloomfield (1-12-1, 1-3) on the board after coach Scott Reid's group fell into a 2-0 hole. The coach said he thought it was an evenly matched game until the second-half fouls occurred.
"I think we did just as good a job at pressuring the ball as (KC) did in the first half," Reid said. "Unfortunately, those two fouls outside the box killed us. That's when the game started to slip away."
Marco Camacho and Jaxon Manning picked up two goals apiece for the Broncos, and Isaiah Goodson found the back of the net for another.
As KC heads into the second half of its district schedule, coach Camacho said he's reminding the Broncos to play with the type of effort they played with against Bloomfield in order to avoid another prolonged losing skid.
"I'm reminding them that if they play identically to how they played tonight, no matter the opponent, it will reflect on the scoreboard," Camacho said.
KC hosts Gallup on Tuesday. Bloomfield also plays a home game on Tuesday, against Farmington.
Farmington 7, Miyamura 0
Rain fell almost nonstop at Hutchison Stadium, making the turf field a fast and slippery surface, but the Farmington boys soccer team was able to overcome the conditions for a 7-0 win over Miyamura (3-8-1, 3-1 District 1-5A) tonight.
“I think it took a little bit to get going. We were up 2-0 at halftime, and weather was a little bit of a factor and led to a little bit of sloppy play in the first half,” Farmington coach Byron Farnsworth said. “In the second half the boys were very efficient and were able to get some goals. The back line did a great job shutting (Miyamura) down, and we got some younger guys in to work on our depth, too.”
Yosmar Ruiz led the Scorps (5-5, 4-0) with four goals in the win. Ned Merrion, Manuel Viveros and Joey Rodriguez added a goal each.
After starting the season 1-5, the Scorps have won four straight, and Farnsworth believes the tough competition early in the season has prepared the team for a district title.
“I think having the first part of the season extremely difficult with playing top-ranked team really tested us,” he said. “Now we’re having an opportunity to get fine tuned and focus on the details.”
Farmington will play at Belen (7-5-1) in a nondistrict match on Saturday.
Aztec 8, Gallup 0
Rain couldn’t cool down the Aztec boys soccer team as the Tigers scored four goals in each half to blast Gallup (0-12, 0-4) 8-0 today in Gallup.
“It was definitely a tough game. The first half was a downpour, and it was difficult conditions,” Aztec coach Stephen Parks said. “On that field, pretty much every pass skips across the turf like a rock skipping on water. But we were still moving the ball efficiently, finding opportunities and getting the ball in the net.”
Riley Barber led Aztec (5-7-1, 3-1) with three goals and two assists. Sam Parks added two goals, and Pedro Lucero, Dillon Olson and Juan Vargas scored a goal apiece.
Parks said the Tigers' ability to get goals from multiple players has been a big plus for the team in district play, eliminating the opposition's plans to key in on one or two players.
Aztec will play Miyamura (3-8-1, 3-1) in Gallup on Tuesday.
Piedra Vista at Cleveland, PPD
The Piedra Vista boys soccer team’s match against Cleveland was postponed after a thunderstorm pounded the Rio Rancho area this afternoon.
The match has been rescheduled for Oct. 10 in Rio Rancho.
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