FARMINGTON — Four San Juan County soccer teams made the cut for this year's state tournament, according to brackets released today.
The Farmington boys and girls teams will both move on to the playoffs, as will the girls squads from Aztec and Bloomfield.
Coach Byron Farnsworth said he had no clue where FHS would be seeded coming into today, but he knows now, as the 11th-seeded Scorpions will embark on a 440-mile drive to play No. 6 Santa Teresa in southern New Mexico in the opening round.
Farnsworth said that with all the injuries and adversity his team has battled this year, it's appropriate the Scorps (11-8-1, 9-0-1 District 1-5A) have to travel so far for their first-round match.
"We've had the same mindset all year, which is to test ourselves and play the best competition we can," Farnsworth said. "With all the injuries and ups and downs we've faced this year, it's fitting, for sure, that we'll be traveling to the other side of the state to play."
For the first time since Oct. 8, the Scorpions are fully healthy and ready to go, according to Farnsworth, who said he can't wait to get to work.
"The boys are all texting me, they're excited about it," Farnsworth said. "We're looking forward to forming a bond on that long bus ride."
The date and time for FHS-versus-Santa Teresa (13-5-2, 3-4-1 District 3-5A) has yet to be announced. It will take place on either Friday or Saturday.
In the girls bracket, Farmington found out it gets to take the week off after earning a No. 3 seed and a bye. The Lady Scorpions (15-4-1, 10-0 District 1-5A) will tangle with the winner of the match between No. 6 Roswell and No. 11 Artesia.
No. 7 Aztec (13-7, 8-2 District 1-5A) will play No. 10 Valencia (11-8-1, 4-4 District 5-5A) — a team the Lady Tigers shut down 2-0 on Sept. 10 — at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Aztec Tiger Sports Complex.
The Bloomfield girls sneaked into the state tourney after going 12-8 overall and 6-4 in District 1-5A this season. The 12th-seeded Lady Bobcats don't exactly have momentum on their side, having gone 3-3 in October, but coach Shannon Nygren said her team is ready for its battle with No. 5 Goddard (13-5-1, 6-0 District 4-5A).
"Last year, we came in at the 11 seed and threw the upset at Taos, so hopefully we'll do the same against Goddard," Nygren said. "The girls are really positive and excited. Last year, I felt like their nerves were a little high, but they're already texting me like, 'OK, what's the plan? Are we meeting tomorrow? Let's do this.'"
The date and time of Bloomfield's first-round match-up is also still to be determined, but the Lady Bobcats will play on either Friday or Saturday.
Jake Newby covers sports for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4577.