FARMINGTON — Now that a couple of key players have returned from injury, the Aztec girls soccer team appears poised to make a late-season push for the District 1-5A title.
Alycea Aviles and Autumn Roundy, who both missed over two weeks of action, made triumphant returns for Aztec by both scoring goals as the Lady Tigers downed Bloomfield 6-1 at the Aztec Tiger Sports Complex tonight.
Autumn Peterson scored twice, while Kaylee Madewell and Miranda Garcia both found the back of the net as The Lady Tigers (11-6, 6-1) picked up their fourth straight win.
"It was nice to have all the players in and healthy," Aztec coach Kelly Kelso said. "We played a really, really good game. We're really starting to come together, and we got that game against Farmington on Thursday, and we're hoping for a big result."
Bloomfield (10-7, 4-3) senior Bryanna Parrish, who coach Shannon Nygren calls "the heart of the defense," along with Teija Garcia, had minor foot surgery last week, and it clearly bothered her tonight — she played less than 10 minutes before exiting the contest.
Elicia Griego was the goal scorer for the Lady Bobcats, who hope to bounce back in a home match against Gallup on Thursday.
Farmington 2, Kirtland Central 0
Farmington coach Brynn Chavez Cochran's team played its third game in four nights tonight against Kirtland Central, but fought off fatigue to win 2-0 at Bronco Stadium in Kirtland.
Felicia Moseley picked the Lady Scorpions up with a pair of goals — one in the first half and one in the second — as Chavez Cochran gave limited minutes to a lot of her players ahead of Thursday's big game against Aztec.
Aubrey Lopez picked up an assist on the first goal for Farmington (12-4-1, 7-0), which will play at Aztec's place after winning the first battle 2-0 on Sept. 27.
Kirtland Central (5-10, 2-5) was a little shorthanded with two injured starters, according to coach Chad Kimball. His Lady Broncos are back at it on Thursday with a match at Miyamura.
Farmington 8, Kirtland Central 0
The Farmington boys also competed in their third game in four nights, and they also came away with a shutout victory, defeating Kirtland Central 8-0 today at Hutchison Stadium.
KC (5-8, 2-5 District 1-5A) coach Noel Camacho said he dropped an extra defender onto his back line for much of the game, but even that couldn't really slow down the potent FHS attack.
"They got so many good players that if you think about shutting one down, there's plenty of other ones who can score," Camacho said. "It makes it hard to compete."
Farmington (9-7, 7-0) spread the wealth in the win, as seven different players scored goals.
Joey Rodriguez scored twice, just like he did Monday against Hope Christian, while Yosmar Ruiz, Ned Merrion, Hugo Gutierrez, Ricardo Gutierrez, Emryck Churchill and Carlos Medina kicked home the other six scores.
"Tired legs was a concern, so one thing I tried to tell the guys was to play simple, move the ball, and let the ball do the work for you to try and save some legs tonight," Scorpions coach Byron Farnsworth said.
Farmington puts its spotless district record on the line in a home match against Aztec (7-7-1, 5-1) on Thursday.
Aztec 7, Bloomfield 0
The Tigers had a nice final tuneup before the Farmington battle, handily beating Bloomfield 7-0 today at Mesa Alta Junior High School in Bloomfield.
Team captain Riley Barber continued his torrid scoring streak by registering a hat trick in the match for Aztec, which came out of the gate hot.
"We came focused and ready to play, and it showed right at the beginning — we scored pretty quickly," Tigers coach Stephen Parks said.
Pedro Lucero, Dylan Olson, Francisco Villegas and Sam Parks also scored for the visitors against the Bobcats (1-14-1, 1-5).
Parks said his team has to come out as focused as it was tonight if the Tigers hope to usurp the Scorpions on Thursday.
"(Farmington's) obviously the team to beat. No one's done it yet, and we feel like we'll have to come out and come right at them if we want to win that one," Parks said.
FHS won the team's first battle 5-0 on Sept. 27. Since then, Aztec has won three straight contests.
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