Lady Panthers lose narrowly to Cibola

Farmington gets blanked by Academy; Shorty's hat trick propels Navajo Prep past Desert Academy

Jake Newby

FARMINGTON — Piedra Vista girls soccer coach Adam Huff predicted his team would fare much better on the second loop of its District 1-6A schedule, and his girls proved him right this afternoon.

Piedra Vista's Reagan Cordell, left, and Cibola's Nicole Estrada clash on Saturday at the Piedra Vista soccer fields in Farmington.

PV (6-11, 0-5) lost 1-0 to Cibola at the Piedra Vista Soccer Fields in Farmington, two weeks after losing 6-0 to the same Lady Cougar squad.

Huff described the game's lone score as "a bit of bad luck" for his team.

On the scoring play, three Lady Panther defenders swarmed a Cibola (10-3-2, 3-1-1) player and were able to knock the ball back a few feet before another Cibola girl charged in from the wing and scored on a ball that deflected off the netminder's hand and into the net.

The goal came with 15 minutes remaining in the first half. The second half was evenly played, according to Huff.

"The girls played their hearts out. They were challenging 50-50 balls and had a few chances off set pieces that we couldn't get in," Huff said. "We definitely played well."

PV now gets a week off before visiting Cleveland (13-1-2, 3-1-1) on Oct. 15. Huff said the message to his girls until then is to keep progressing.

Piedra Vista's Makeyan Kalmbach prepares to kick the ball against Cibola on Saturday at the Piedra Vista soccer fields in Farmington.

"We'll just try and get healthy, and keep growing," Huff said. "I'm asking my team, 'What kind of growth did we show since the last time we played these guys?' So that's what we'll say this week. We'll keep trying to grow until, hopefully, we can steal one."

Albuquerque Academy 2, Farmington 0 

Farmington had its six-game win streak snapped at the hands of Albuquerque Academy today in a road match.

The 4-3-3 formation the Lady Scorpions (11-3-1) had been going with recently didn't work out against Academy (10-6), which shut Farmington down 2-0.

"We had to alter our formation at the half because they were running five (girls) in the middle in a 4-5-1 formation, which is a little bit rare," Lady Scorps coach Brynn Chavez Cochran said. "So we dropped back to a 4-4-2 and did a pretty good job of holding our ground."

The Lady Cougars got a ball to go in on a corner kick just before halftime. They didn't score their second goal until the final 15 minutes of the game.

Like the FHS boys, the Lady Scorps are in the midst of playing six games in 10 days. Hope Christian (11-3-1) comes to Farmington for a 6 p.m. game on Monday.

Navajo Prep 6, Desert Academy 1 

The Lady Eagles poured it on in the second half of Friday's game with Desert Academy with four goals en route to a 6-1 road victory.

Kelly Charley and Geena Tsosie guided Navajo Prep (7-7-2, 2-1 District 1-4A) to a 2-1 halftime advantage, before sophomore Audrey Shorty came alive with three goals in a row after the break for her first career hat trick.

"The front line finished good on scoring attempts," Prep coach Stacy Irwin said in a text message. "Midfield was strong, and so was the defense."

Shorty was filling in for the injured Naaki Brown, Prep's team leader in goals with 15.

The Lady Eagles host Rehoboth Christian (4-10-1, 4-2) on Thursday.

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