Scorpions claim 11th straight district title

Karl Schneider
  • Aztec knocked off Miyamura to finish second in District 1-5A.
  • The Broncos trampled the Bengals to finish their season with winning record.

FARMINGTON — The Farmington boys soccer team won its 11th consecutive district title today, cruising past Bloomfield 10-0 at Bobcat Stadium in Bloomfield.

Miyamura's Ruben Upshaw-Facio, left, and Aztec's Pedro Lucero race for the ball on Thursday at Fred Cook Memorial Stadium in Aztec.

“I think the boys have done a great job," said Scorpions coach Byron Farnsworth. "We’re a very inexperienced and young team, and we really wanted to look at this season, from the beginning through district, and get better every day, and I think they’ve done a great job of that. They really stayed focused day in and day out, and really went out and proved to themselves that they can play to their highest potential.”

Yosmar Ruiz, Ned Merrion and Joey Rodriguez all finished with three goals each. Carlos Medina rounded out the scoring with a goal.

The loss ends Bloomfield’s (2-17-1, 2-8 District 1-5A) season.

Farmington (11-7-1, 9-0-1) will close out its regular season Friday, traveling to Santa Fe to face Capital (13-3) in a nondistrict match.

“We know it’s going to be a great test and they always give us a good game,” Farnsworth said. “Having (Merrion, Rodriguez and Ruiz) go off tonight, I’m hoping that carries on to (Friday). Those three playing up top together have built a lot of chemistry throughout the season, and hopefully, they can be on point again (Friday).”

Aztec 4, Miyamura 0

The Aztec boys soccer team finished its regular season in a high note, shutting out Miyamura (5-13, 5-5) 4-0 tonight at Fred Cook Memorial Stadium in Aztec.

“We created a lot of opportunities by making some nice passes and nice runs. It’s good to see that right now and they’re peaking at the right time,” Aztec coach Stephen Parks said. “These kids have come a long way, and they’re a great group of kids.”

Aztec's Gabriel Vargas, left, and Miyamura's Isaiah Murrilo collide on Thursday at Fred Cook Memorial Stadium in Aztec.

The Tigers (10-7-2, 8-1-1)  took a 1-0 lead into halftime after Francisco Villegas scored in the opening minutes of the match.

Aztec started the second half similarly to the first half, getting a quick goal from Juan Vargas. Ruben Teasyatwho added a goal on a penalty kick, and Matthew Smith recorded the final goal.

The Tigers now wait to learn what seed they’ll receive for the 5A state tournament. The bracket will be revealed Sunday afternoon.

“Maybe we can make some noise there if we play our cards right,” Parks said.

Kirtland Central 8, Gallup 0

After not fielding a team for several years, the Kirtland Central boys soccer team closed out the season with an 8-0 win over Gallup (0-18, 0-10) today, giving the Broncos (9-8, 5-5) a winning season with a 9-8 record.

“I think they were able to demonstrate that we have the ability to compete and do well in our soccer program, and we have enough young players in the program that we’ll be able to remain competitive and continue to get better,” KC coach Noel Camacho said of the Broncos. “They worked really hard, and they were able to get the wins when they needed to.”

Marco Camacho finished the night with three goals and two assists to pace the Broncos’ attack.

KC finished tied for third with Miyamura in district play at 5-5.

Volcano Vista 5, Piedra Vista 0

The Piedra Vista boys soccer team is still looking for its first win of its District 1-6A schedule after suffering a 5-0 loss to Volcano Vista (13-3-1, 7-0 District 1-6A) today in Albuquerque.

PV (6-12-1, 0-7) will close out the regular season on Saturday by hosting Rio Rancho (9-9, 3-3).

Karl Schneider is the sports editor for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4648.