Lady Scorps advance to semis with 4-1 win

Aztec's season ends after a 1-0 loss to Albuquerque Academy

Karl Schneider, and Jake Newby
Farmington Daily Times

FARMIGNTON — The Farmington girls soccer team is in the state semifinals for the fourth straight year after the No. 3 Lady Scorps toppled No. 6 Roswell 4-1 in windy conditions this afternoon at the Bernalillo Soccer Complex.

Farmington's Arin Coleman scores a goal between Roswell defenders Jessica Murillo, left, and Viri Campas on Thursday at the Bernalillo Sports Complex.

It was the first match for the Lady Scorps in two weeks after they received a first-round bye with the No. 3 seed. Farmington coach Brynn Cochran said the team showed some signs of rust in the opening stages of the first half despite a quick goal from Felicia Moseley.

“They jumped out and scored one really quick, which was nice to see, but then you could see a little rust,” Cochran said. “When you rest for a couple of weeks, and you’re used to playing two games a week, there’s going to be some rust. But we jumped out and scored and had some good transition.”

Moseley’s goal came on an assist from Arin Coleman, who advanced the ball down the wing, spreading the Roswell defense and creating an opening for Mosely.

Farmington (16-4-1) added two more goals in the first half. Narcissa Fowler scored to make it 2-0, then Coleman connected to give the Lady Scorps a 3-0 lead at halftime.

Even with a 3-0 lead, Cochran said the team had plenty to work on in the second half, specifically its communication and being aggressive to the ball.

Cochran said the Lady Scorps looked better in the second half, but strong winds kept them from building more goal-scoring opportunities against the Lady Coyotes (13-6-2).

​Farmington's Eliza Merrion, right, battles Roswell's Luisa Hernandez for the ball on Thursday at the Bernalillo Soccer Complex.

Farmington did get one more goal in the second half from Moseley.

Farmington’s three previous trips to the semis ended with losses. The Lady Scorps will look to snap that streak when they meet No. 2 Albuquerque Academy at 3:30 p.m. Friday in Bernalillo.

Academy (14-7) beat No. 7 Aztec 1-0 in the quarterfinals.

Farmington and Academy met on Oct. 8 in Albuquerque with the Lady Chargers picking up a 2-0 win.

“We had a lot of hurt girls when we played them — it was right in the middle of our season," Cochran said. "But we got rested up, and I think it’s going to be a really good game tomorrow.”

Albuquerque Academy 1, Aztec 0 

No. 7 Aztec was bumped out of the 5A state playoffs today after losing 1-0 for the second time this season to No. 2 Albuquerque Academy at the Bernalillo Soccer Complex.

Aztec's Autumn Petersen, left, beats Albuquerque Academy's Audrey Colter to the ball on Thursday at the Bernalillo Soccer Complex.

Aztec (14-8) played the role of aggressor for much of the match, according to coach Kelly Kelso, but the disciplined defense of the Lady Chargers (14-7) didn't budge after Academy obtained an early lead.

Ten minutes into the quarterfinal match, a Lady Charger played the ball out wide on the right side of the field before striking a wind-assisted ball that flew over the Aztec's keeper's reach for the game's only goal.

Kelso said the Lady Tigers never stopped attacking after that. They just couldn't find the back of the net.

Aztec's Grace Olson, right, receives a pass against Albuquerque Academy on Thursday at the Bernalillo Soccer Complex.

"We had some really good opportunities, but they have two outstanding (defensive) center backs," Kelso said. "After the goal, the rest of the half, we had them pinned down on their heels. Even for the majority of the second half. But that's just been our problem against the really good teams, is not finding a way to finish."

Aztec lost to Academy by the same score on Sept 13, and after watching film on that game, Kelso opted to apply more offensive pressure this time around. He said Academy's back line was just up for the challenge.

"They didn't give us any clear shots, and they didn't make mistakes," Kelso said. "They cut off our passing lanes and did what they were supposed to do."

Only two members of the Lady Tigers' roster are slated to graduate in the spring, neither of which were in Aztec's top five in points scored this season.

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

Jake Newby covers sports for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4577.