Scorpions blow by Belen for 5-1 win
FARMINGTON —The Farmington boys soccer team got a rare nondistrict game in the middle of its District 1-5A schedule and rolled past Belen (7-6-1) 5-1 this afternoon in Belen.
Scorps’ coach Byron Farnsworth said the match could serve as an introduction to what the team could experience at the state tournament next month.
“It’s nice to get away from the district and match up with some other teams you might see at state,” Farnsworth said. “I thought the boys did really well for an early game on Saturday where the boys got off the bus like they would at state.”
Carlos Medina netted two goals for the Scorps while Joey Rodriguez, Manuel Viveros and Yosmar Ruis added a goal each.
Farnsworth said Farmington had chances for more goals, but needs to be more efficient in front of the goal.
Farnsworth also praised the back line, which has allowed three goals in the last five games combined.
The Scorps (6-5, 4-0 District 1-5A) will get back to action in their district on Tuesday, traveling to Bloomfield to take on the Bobcats (1-12-1, 1-3).
Volcano Vista 4, Piedra Vista 0
The Piedra Vista boys soccer team gave up three goals in the second half, dashing the Panthers’ hopes for their first district win with a 4-0 loss to the Hawks today at the Piedra Vista soccer fields.
Even though it was a one-sided score, PV coach Carlos Yllescas said the Panthers’ performance was much better than their previous outing, a 7-0 loss to Cibola.
“For us, 6A is a learning experience every game. The pace of play is a lot faster, the matches are a lot more physical and if you make a mistake on the back (line) it leads to a goal. We’re learning every time, and even though it was 4-0, the guys are improving. We had more chances to score than we had the last game, and I’m good with that.”
The Hawks (8-3-1, 3-0 District 1-6A) scored their lone goal of the first half about 30 seconds into the match, and Yllescas said playing from behind right away changed the dynamic of the match.
In the final 20 minutes of the match, Yllescas said the Panthers (6-7-1, 0-2) started to find openings in the Hawks defense, but couldn’t get a shot in the back of the net.
PV will play at Rio Rancho (7-8, 1-2) on Thursday.
Volcano Vista 2, Piedra Vista 1
The Piedra Vista girls soccer team’s comeback effort fell short and the Lady Panthers dropped a 2-1 decision to Volcano Vista this afternoon in Albuquerque.
The Lady Hawks (6-4-2, 1-1-1 District 1-6A) scored both goals in the first half. PV coach Adam Huff said both goals came after the Lady Panthers (6-9, 0-3) were beaten during one-on-one situations.
The early two-goal deficit prompted a formation change by PV when the second half began.
“We’re at a point where we have to try everything we can to give ourselves a chance to win some games,” Huff said. “We tried to be both defensive and offensive instead of straight defensive, and it ended up working out.”
On a long throw in, PV’s Makeyan Kalmbach found the back of the net about 10 minutes into the second half, pulling the Lady Panthers within one goal at 2-1.
Huff said PV had chances to tie the game, but couldn’t find the equalizer.
PV will host Rio Rancho (7-4-1, 0-1) on Thursday.
Karl Schneider is the sports editor for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4648.