Navajo Prep blanks Desert Academy 2-0 at home
Begay stays hot as Kirtland Central roughs up Rehoboth 5-0
- Navajo Prep scored once in each half en route to a shutout victory over visiting Desert Academy.
- Natalie Flores scored a goal for Piedra Vista, which lost 5-1 to Cleveland on the road.
- Nikki Begay registered a hat trick, and Jayden Guillory scored twice as KC topped Rehoboth Christian 5-0.
FARMINGTON — The Navajo Prep girls soccer team brushed off a tough 1-0, double-overtime loss to Rehoboth Christian on Thursday by shutting Desert Academy out 2-0 today at Eagle Stadium.
Emma Mohs scored in the first half and Kelly Charley, a center defender for the Lady Eagles (8-8-2, 3-2 District 1-4A), added insurance with a goal in the second.
On Charley's goal, the senior captain came up the strong side, received a pass and dribbled straight to the net for a point-blank shot and goal. Other than that, though, Prep coach Stacy Irwin said he thought his team had a down offensive day.
"We've just got to work on our finishing," Irwin said. "There were one or two too many touches. We were trying to make a pretty shot instead of just shooting."
The Lady Eagle defense was stout in holding the Desert Academy (3-11, 0-5) attack, which ran with four forwards up front, off the scoreboard.
Prep next plays Academy for Technology and The Classics at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday at Santa Fe.
Cleveland 5, Piedra Vista 1
The Lady Panthers fell behind early to Cleveland and could never recover, losing 5-1 this afternoon in an away match.
The Lady Storm (14-2-2, 4-2-1), ranked No. 2 in the state by MaxPreps.com, rushed out to a 2-0 lead by halftime and increased that advantage to 3-0 just after the break.
A nice buildup led to the lone Piedra Vista (6-12, 0-6) goal shortly after that, when Reagan Cordell caught Cleveland's defense out of position and connected on a through pass to Natalie Flores, who banged a goal home.
Cleveland then padded its lead with two goals before the final whistle blew.
PV coach Adam Huff said his team battled hard from behind in the second half, but struggled to contend with Cleveland in the first.
"(Cleveland) did a good job of controlling possession. We didn't handle some of the bounces off the turf very well, and didn't get a lot of real good touches" Huff said. "And then we had a few miscues defensively, really."
PV returns home to play Volcano Vista (6-3-3, 1-2-2) on Thursday. The Lady Panthers lost narrowly to the Lady Hawks 2-1 on Oct 1.
Kirtland Central 5, Rehoboth Christian 0
The Lady Broncos rode Nikki Begay to victory today, much like they did during the team's 2-1 win over Miyamura on Thursday.
Begay, a senior captain, scored a hat trick against 4A's Rehoboth (5-12-1), and now has five goals in the team's last two wins. KC (7-10, 3-5 District 1-5A) coach Chad Kimball said Begay's been a dependable player and leader all season.
"She's just got that drive. She always comes in clutch for us," Kimball said. "She's always stepping up for the challenge. So I'm definitely proud of her. She's been a great captain for this team and a great leader for these ladies."
Jayden Guillory stepped up, as well, for KC with two goals in the contest.
Kimball was able to get reserve defenders and reserve goalie, Mariah Bileen, some playing time in the win.
The Lady Broncos visit Bloomfield on Tuesday, a school they lost to 5-0 on Sept. 29.
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