Tigers and Scorpions fight to standoff
Kirtland Central edges Miyamura; Bloomfield beats Gallup
FARMINGTON — It didn't win, but the Aztec boys soccer team did the next best thing when it tied District 1-5A favorite Farmington 2-2 today at Hutchison Stadium.
The Tigers (8-7-2, 6-1-1) pounced on the hosts for the first two goals of the contest.
After Francisco Villegas received a long ball and beat the FHS netminder to it in the box to put Aztec up 1-0 at halftime, Riley Barber scored after break.
But Farmington (9-7-1, 7-0-1), playing in its fourth game in the last six days, took over after that.
"The boys fought through a lot of adversity. Things weren't going our way with a couple of officials and just a couple of other opportunities that didn't go our way," Scorpions coach Byron Farnsworth said. "But the boys really sunk their teeth in and got back to work after falling behind."
Noe Soto and Manual Viveros both scored from the top of the box for FHS before time ran out in regulation. Then, in the overtime sessions, it was all Farmington.
"They had us on our heels in OT; more so in the second overtime than the first," Tigers coach Stephen Parks said. "We were pretty exhausted by then."
Farnsworth said Aztec set up shop in their own box and didn't give Farmington many good offensive looks during the overtimes.
"It was really a classic district battle," Tigers coach Stephen Parks said. "Even back when I was coaching the girls, I'd say 'You never know what's gonna happen in district.' It's just a different animal."
The Scorps get some much-needed rest before heading to Gallup to play Miyamura on Tuesday, the same day Aztec hosts Gallup.
Kirtland Central 3, Miyamura 2
After falling hard to Farmington on Tuesday, Kirtland Central coach Noel Camacho said he'd like to see his team win out and close its inaugural season with a winning record.
After getting past Miyamura 3-2 tonight at home, the Broncos (6-8, 3-5) have three more wins to go to satisfy their coach's wishes.
The Broncos went into halftime down 1-0, but got the offense going after halftime, beginning with a Dominic Densley goal that was cleaned up off of a corner kick.
Marco Camacho then scored about 15 minutes later, and finally, Anesio Villegas netted what would be the game-winning goal on a score assisted by Camacho late in the game.
Miyamura (5-11-1, 5-3) got another goal back late in a match that was hard fought throughout, according to Camacho.
"Neither team gave up — they both played hard," he said. "(We) did a good job of not being satisfied with three goals. We kept getting chances and continued to pressure."
The Broncos are away against Rehoboth Christian on Saturday.
Bloomfield 4, Gallup 1
Well out of the playoff hunt, Bloomfield coach Scott Reid is moving players around and giving junior varsity players some looks as he begins to focus on the future.
It just so happened that strategy resulted in a victory tonight.
Isaiah Natoni scored twice, while Jordan Shields and freshman Juan Saias also found the back of the net for Bloomfield (2-15-1, 2-6), which snapped a four-game losing skid by ousting Gallup (0-15) 4-1 on the road.
"We're trying to mix things up and hopefully light a fire under the boys who have been with me all year," Reid said. "It was good to see the four goals. They did a good job moving the ball, and it was fun to watch."
The Bobcats get the weekend off before visiting KC on Tuesday. The Broncos won the first district battle 5-1 on Sept. 29.
Jake Newby covers sports for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4577.