FARMINGTON — The Farmington girls soccer team essentially locked up a District 1-5A title tonight by cruising past Aztec 4-1 at Fred Cook Memorial Stadium.
Felicia Moseley had a hat trick and Arin Coleman also had a goal for the Lady Scorpions (13-4-1, 8-0), who have now defeated the Lady Tigers twice this season. FHS has two more wins than Aztec with only two matches left on the schedule for both teams.
"We had a game plan going in, and not only did the girls execute it perfectly, but they just had amazing fighting spirit," Farmington coach Brynn Chavez Cochran said. "We used our size and pushed our defense up all night. Everyone made sure they had someone else's back."
Only after the Lady Scorps jumped out to a 2-0 lead did Aztec (11-7, 6-2) wake up, according to coach Kelly Kelso.
"(Farmington) wanted it really bad at the start of the game, and our girls came out flat," Kelso said. "They countered well. They definitely played a better game than they did when we played them in Farmington. I think it was a fluke that they won that time."
Autumn Petersen found the back of the net on a penalty kick to register Aztec's only goal. Although the Lady Tigers won the possession battle after halftime, they couldn't cash in for another score.
The Lady Scorps close out the regular season with two home games next week against Miyamura and Bloomfield. Aztec is away for its last two games, against Gallup and then Miyamura.
Bloomfield 4, Gallup 2
The Lady Bobcats started slowly but finished strong today in a 4-2 win over Gallup at Mesa Alta Junior High School in Bloomfield.
The Lady Bengals (4-11-1, 0-7 District 1-5A) actually struck first, early in the opening half. Bloomfield (11-7, 5-3) coach Shannon Nygren said her girls looked a little off.
"We had a hard time getting going," Nygren said. "The passing and communication were good, it was just the hustle that was missing today."
Vanessa Harris scored twice, while Teagan Mosley and Elicia Griego also scored for Bloomfield.
Bloomfield has scored only 16 goals compared to 14 given up during district play. The Lady Bobcats look like they'll be on the cusp of making the state playoffs, so Nyrgren knows her girls have to do everything in their power to pour in the goals over their last two games.
Bloomfield hosts Kirtland Central at 4 p.m. Tuesday.
Kirtland Central 2, Miyamura 1
Nikki Begay scored twice as Kirtland Central earned a 2-1 win over Miyamura today, but the win may have come at a hefty price.
Christine Young, KC's second-highest goal scorer this year behind Begay, left the game with an injury and did not return. Lady Broncos (5-10, 2-5) coach Chad Kimball said he fears the rest of her season could be in jeopardy.
If Young is done for the year, it will be a devastating blow to a KC offense that has already been struggling mightily. Including today's win, the Lady Broncos have scored just eight goals in their last eight games.
As for the win over Miyamura (3-14, 1-6), which came on the road, Kimball said it was just good to get a W, even if it came at the end of an ugly game.
"We came out really sluggish and didn't play a very pretty game," he said. "But a win is a win."
Begay scored on a penalty kick with just five minutes left in the game to break the tie.
Rehoboth Christian 1, Navajo Prep 0
Navajo Prep lost a tight one today in double overtime at Eagle Stadium.
With less than five minutes remaining in the second OT, Rehoboth Christian (5-11-1, 5-0 District 1-4A) went wide with its attack to suck up Prep's defense, and once a Lady Eagle defender got out of position, a Lady Lynx forward made an angle cut toward the keeper and scored the game winner.
"We didn't finish very good tonight," Prep coach Stacy Irwin said. "I knew it was going to come down to one team making mistake, and this time it was us."
Prep (7-8-2, 2-2) tries to rebound at home against Desert Academy on Saturday morning.
Jake Newby covers sports for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4577.