Aztec escapes with 2-1 overtime thriller
FARMINGTON — Riley Barber bent a shot through Miyamura’s defense and past the Patriots’ keeper just seconds before the final whistle to lift the Aztec boys soccer team past Miyamura 2-1 in double overtime this afternoon in Gallup.
“At the end of the second overtime, Riley made a long throw into the box that bounced around for a bit. I couldn’t tell if we were getting shots at it, but it came out to Riley, and he hit it with his left foot and bent it around. (Miyamura’s) keeper got a hand on it but couldn’t hang on to it,” Aztec coach Stephen Parks said. “The goal came with literally five seconds left in the game.”
Miyamura scored its goal in the first half when a shot from near midfield finished beyond the reach of Aztec keeper Carson Collins.
Barber provided the Tigers other goal, bringing Aztec even with Miyamura midway through the second half.
Parks said the Tigers controlled the bulk of the game, getting plenty of scoring opportunities, but couldn’t manage to get the ball in the back of the net.
“We out possessed them, and in the second half, Carson touched the ball maybe one time, we just couldn’t manage to put the ball in the net,” Parks said. “It’s not that we’re playing bad, we were just unable to finish today.”
Aztec will host Kirtland Central on Thursday.
Farmington 10, Bloomfield 0
The Farmington boys soccer team blew past Bloomfield 10-0 tonight at Hutchison Stadium.
Farmington senior Ned Merrion contributed to all 10 goals for the Scorps, scoring five and assisting on the other five.
“Ned basically had the game of the season. That’s a senior playing like a senior is supposed to be playing,” Farmington coach Byron Farnsworth said. “During the game, I wasn’t paying attention to his stats, but watching the way he played, he was in the right position all the time. He was absolutely top notch.”
Farnsworth said Bloomfield put pressure on the Scorps’ defense early on, but as the game wore on, Farmington was able to keep the action on Bloomfield’s side of the field.
Farmington will play at Gallup on Thursday.
Bloomfield will host Miyamura on Thursday.
Kirtland Central 10, Gallup 0
After a rough start to the district schedule, the Kirtland Central boys soccer team looks to have turned things around with a 10-0 thrashing of Gallup today in Gallup.
The Broncos dropped their first three district games before winning their last two by a combined score of 15-1.
“I think the loss against Miyamura was the wake-up call for them,” KC coach Noel Camacho said. “After that, they kind of woke up and turned it around.”
Destry Palmer scored three goals in the win. Camacho added that Isaiah Goodson and Marco Camacho played well in the win.
KC will play at Aztec on Thursday.
Karl Schneider is the sports editor for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4648.