FARMINGTON — The Bloomfield girls soccer team secured a third-place finish in District 1-5A today, rallying from a slow start to rip Kirtland Central 6-2 today in Bloomfield.
The Lady Broncos (7-11, 3-6) started strong. KC coach Chad Kimball said the team “took a gamble and ran an offside trap that worked really well,” and limited the speed of Bloomfield’s offense. KC took a 1-0 lead when Jayden Guillory scored midway through the first half.
But the goal ignited the Lady Bobcats (12-7, 6-3).
“It always takes something — either one of us coaches freaking out and yelling at them or a goal scored against them. We just always seem to start out slow, then find a way to get going,” Bloomfield coach Shannon Nygren said. “Once they got going, they looked really great.”
Teagan Mosely scored four goals for the Lady Bobcats. Elicia Griego and Vanessa Chavez added a goal each.
KC’s final goal came from Nikki Begay with about 15 minutes left in the match.
Bloomfield and KC will close out the regular season on Thursday.
KC will host Gallup (4-13-1, 0-9) and Bloomfield will travel to Farmington to take on the Lady Scorps (14-4-1, 9-0).
Farmington 3, Miyamura 0
The Farmington girls soccer team had little trouble against Miyamura (4-15, 2-7), blanking the Lady Patriots 3-0 tonight at Hutchison Stadium.
“We were able to rest some of the girls to get everyone healthy. We had some people in different spots, but the girls did a good job. It wasn’t their best game, but they handled everything well.”
Felicia Moseley, Eliza Merrion and Ruby Garcia scored a goal apiece in the win.
Farmington (14-4-1, 9-0) has already secured the District 1-5A title and will close out the regular season on Thursday, hosting Bloomfield (12-7, 6-3) for a chance to go undefeated in district play for the second straight season.
“I expect them to be ready for Thursday night and play with intensity,” Cochran said. “We know Bloomfield is going to come after us, and I expect (the Lady Scorps) to come out with that fire and intensity to finish undefeated.”
Aztec 5, Gallup 0
The Aztec girls soccer team took care of business and cruised past Gallup 5-0 tonight in Gallup.
Aztec coach Kelly Kelso said Gallup (4-15-1, 0-9) spent the night packing its defense in front of the goal to limit the Lady Tigers’ attack up the middle of the field and forced them to play more of a possession style of offense.
“We worked on possession and got some different players into the game. There wasn’t a (junior varsity) game, so we brought up some girls to get them some playing time,” Kelso said. “All in all we played well. We got some production from girls who don’t normally get a lot of playing time, so I was pleased with that.”
Autumn Petersen led the Lady Tigers (12-7, 7-2) with three goals.
Aztec will return to Gallup on Thursday to close out the regular season against Miyamura (4-15, 2-7).
ATC 2, Navajo Prep 1
The Navajo Prep girls soccer team closed out its regular season with a loss, falling to the Academy for Technology and the Classics 2-1 today in Santa Fe.
Prep coach Stacy Irwin said the Lady Eagles saw players taken down in the box by the ATC goalie, but both instances resulted in no call from the official.
“In all honesty, we did have our chances but did not finish,” Irwin said. “Our defense played hard, the midfield played hard, every girl played hard on our team.”
Prep and ATC finished second in District 1-A/4A 3-3 records. The two teams split their head-to-head matches, and after tying in head-to-head goal differential, the Lady Phoenix (7-10-1, 3-3) earned the second place finish on goal differential in district matches, edging Prep (8-9-2, 3-3) plus 8 to plus 5.
The drop to third in the district could move the Lady Eagles out of the state tournament.
“All in all, I’m very positive about our team,” Irwin said. “Their attitude was great, and these girls have achieved a ton by scoring more goals than they’ve had in the past. They work together as a team, and they made individual achievements. I’m just hoping that the (New Mexico Activities Association) sees it fit to throw us in the mix.”
Karl Schneider is the sports editor for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4648.