Lady Scorpions' season ends in heartbreak

Karl Schneider

FARMINGTON — The Farmington girls soccer team’s season came to a close in heartbreaking fashion today.

Farmington's Aubriana Lopez, left, battles Albuquerque Academy's Annie Spahn for possession on Friday at the Bernalillo Soccer Complex.

The Lady Scorps were seconds away from advancing to the 5A state championship match, but Albuquerque Academy scored in the final minute to tie the match at 1 and force overtime.

The Lady Chargers found the back of the net early in the first overtime to win 2-1 at the Bernalillo Soccer Complex.

“The girls played amazing,” Farmington coach Brynn Cochran said. “(Academy) was able to get one in right at the end (of regulation). We went into overtime, and a few minutes later they came down and scored again.”

After a scoreless first half, Farmington took a 1-0 lead about 15 minutes into the second half when McKenzie Coleman cleaned up a free kick from the foot of her older sister, Arin, and beat Academy keeper Miley Montoya.

“McKenzie made a great run and was taken down right outside the 18-yard box. Arin Coleman took the free kick, and it was a beauty,” Cochran said. “It hit off the crossbar and came back. All the girls crashed the goal, and McKenzie was able to hit it in.”

Farmington's McKenzie Coleman, center, scores a goal against Albuquerque Academy on Friday at the Bernalillo Soccer Complex.

After Academy tied the game at the end of regulation, Cochran said the Lady Scorps never hung their heads and came out for overtime with a lot of fire.

McKenzie Coleman nearly gave the Lady Scorps the win in the opening minutes of overtime, making a great run to get behind the Academy defense. But the freshman’s shot rang off the crossbar.

A few minutes later, about six minutes into the overtime stanza, Academy found a hole and fired a shot into goal for the win.

The Lady Scorps will be a favorite to return to the playoffs and make another deep run next year when they return all but one senior, Narcissa Fowler.

“I’m so proud of all of them,” Cochran said. “All year long, they played with so much heart and fight. I could not be more proud of each and every one of them.”

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