Academy sneaks past Farmington 3-2 in 2OT

Piedra Vista can't hold on to 2-1 halftime lead, drops district match to Cibola

Jake Newby
  • Farmington scored twice against Albuquerque Academy after being outscored 8-0 by the Cougars over three meetings last season.
  • Yosmar Ruiz registered a goal and an assist for the Scorps.
  • Piedra Vista was outscored 3-0 in the second half of its match against Cibola and lost 4-2.

FARMINGTON — The Farmington boys soccer team brought the fight to the No. 2-ranked team in the state today, but ultimately, the Scorpions fell short in double overtime.

Albuquerque Academy's Owen Keleher, left, and Farmington's Manual Viveros fight for the ball on Saturday at Hutchison Stadium in Farmington.

Ranked second by coming in, Albuquerque Academy sneaked by the Scorps 3-2 at Hutchison Stadium, but not before relinquishing an early 2-0 lead in a very competitive, fast-paced, nondistrict battle.

Considering Farmington (8-6) — currently ranked 35th in the state by Max Preps — failed to score in any of its three matches with Academy last year, today's effort was an encouraging one for FHS coach Byron Farnsworth.

"I'm excited — the boys played great. We did a lot of things we wanted to do today, as far as the discipline aspect goes," Farnsworth said. "We missed an opportunity where a ball basically hit all three posts on a shot in the first minute of the game. We put that one in, and we're in a completely different situation."

Academy (13-2-1) worked hard to score twice in the game's first 20 minutes, but the hosts didn't hang their heads. Yosmar Ruiz, Farmington's leader in points and goals, corralled a nice through ball in the box and finished it at the 16-minute mark to cut the Chargers' lead in half.

Three minutes after halftime, Ruiz made another big play when he set up Carlos Medina for a wide-open look and game-tying goal. The powerhouse squads then fought to a stalemate for the final 35 minutes of regulation, with Academy earning a few more scoring opportunities, but missing wide on most of their shot attempts.

Farnsworth said Academy's defense stiffened, and his boys may have also gotten a bit conservative.

Farmington's Yosmar Ruiz laments a missed shot attempt during a game against Albuquerque Academy on Saturday at Hutchison Stadium in Farmington.

"We were looking to conserve a little energy and just get one or two more efficient opportunities," Farnsworth said. "(Academy) had some opportunities, but they were well off, and that's because our defense played extremely disciplined and didn't give them a great opportunity to do anything."

Cougars senior Charles Touche finally ended the contest when a loose ball rolled his way on a broken play in front of the net at the 6:51 mark of the second OT.

The Scorps are in the middle of a 10-day stretch in which they play six times. They head to Albuquerque to play Hope Christian (11-3-1) at 3:30 p.m. Monday.

Cibola 4, Piedra Vista 2 

The Panthers keep getting better and better as they play out their District 1-6A portion of the schedule.

Today, they took a 2-1 lead over Cibola into the second half before unraveling and falling 4-2 on the road.

After a nice offensive buildup, Jacob Vandevalde scored to put PV ahead 1-0 in the first half, and after the Cougars knotted the score, Angel Flories buried a goal on a corner kick to help the Panthers (6-9-1, 0-4) regain the lead.

After that, PV coach Carlos Yllescas said, visiting Cibola (8-6, 3-2) cracked down and played much better.

"We couldn't finish the game. We couldn't put another goal in, and that was a killer for us," Yllescas said. "(Cibola) showed experience by putting more pressure on our back line. They played faster and created space."

Two of Cibola's second-half goals came on corners, while the other was scored on a free kick.

PV next plays a makeup game at Cleveland (12-4, 1-3) at 4 p.m. on Monday.

Jake Newby covers sports for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4577.