Farmington wins second straight district title
FARMINGTON — The Farmington girls soccer team wrapped up its second consecutive District 1-5A title, beating Bloomfield 6-2 today at Hutchison Stadium to finish the district schedule unbeaten.
“We came out on fire. Arin (Coleman) had a hat trick within the first 10 minutes. We scored our first goal in about 30 seconds,” Farmington coach Brynn Cochran said. “(Bloomfield) came back with a couple nice goals, but after that, the girls picked it up and were in control.”
Coleman scored four goals in the win, and Felicia Moseley added two goals.
“I don’t even have words for the first five minutes. We got scored on in the first 30 seconds, and in the first five minutes (Farmington) had three goals from (Coleman), who’s a phenomenal player,” Bloomfield coach Shannon Nygren said. “It always takes us a little while to get going in a game, and unfortunately, Farmington fired off super quick with those first three goals.”
Vanessa Harris and Elicia Griego scored Bloomfield’s two goals in the first half to send the match to halftime with the Lady Scorps leading 3-2.
Nygren said the Lady Bobcats (12-8, 6-4 District 1-5A) came out in the second half well, but couldn’t maintain the high level of play, allowing Farmington (15-5, 10-0) to pull away.
The district title gives Farmington an automatic bid into the state tournament. The Lady Scorps sit on the edge of a top-four seed, which would give them a bye into the quarterfinals.
“It would be great to have (the bye) and have some extra time to practice,” Cochran said. “We’re pretty healthy right now, and the girls are playing some good soccer, but we’d love the first-round bye. But if it doesn’t work out, the girls are ready to go. They got the taste of this (district) championship, and they’re ready to keep going.”
With a third-place finish in District 1-5A Bloomfield’s postseason hopes now rest in the hands of the selection committee for an at-large bid.
“I’m worried. The top two of every district gets to go (to state), and there are five districts, so that’s only two (at-large) seeds left,” Nygren said. “I’m hoping and praying that we get one of those two spots.”
Both teams will learn their fate in the tourney when the bracket it released on Sunday.
Aztec 5, Miyamura 0
The Aztec girls soccer team closed out the regular season with a 5-0 win over Miyamura (4-16, 2-8) today in Gallup.
Aztec (13-7, 8-2) is a lock to receive a bid for the 5A state tournament, and is eyeing a seed in the 5 to 7 range.
Aztec coach Kelly Kelso could not be reached for comment.
Piedra Vista 0, Volcano Vista 0
The Piedra Vista girls soccer team picked up its first point in district action today, finishing with a 0-0 tie against Volcano Vista (6-7-4, 1-3-3) at the Piedra Vista soccer fields.
PV coach Adam Huff said the Lady Panthers (6-12-1, 0-6-1) had a few chances to score on set pieces but couldn't convert.
“We had some chances in the first half. There was probably a five-minute stretch where we tried every corner kick in our playbook and were close and close and close, but couldn’t put one in.”
With one game left and unable to climb in the district standings, the Lady Panthers will now look to play the role of spoilers when they head to Rio Rancho to play the Lady Rams on Saturday.
Karl Schneider is the sports editor for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4648.