Lopez, Olson highlight All-District teams

A total of 45 girls soccer players from San Juan County earned All-District honors for the 2016 season

Karl Schneider
  • Farmington's Aubriana Lopez and Aztec's Grace Olson share POY honors in District 1-5A.
  • Navajo Prep sophomore Naakii Brown was named District 1-A/4A co-player of the year.

FARMINGTON — The Farmington and Aztec girls soccer teams each saw 10 players receive post-season honors on the District 1-5A All-District teams.

Aztec's Grace Olson, left, and Farmington's Cheyenne Holloman battle for control of the ball on Sept. 27 at Hutchison Stadium.

The Lady Scorps led the way with five first-team selections, along with three second-team and two honorable mention nods.

“We were always hearing that we lost so many girls (to graduation), that we had a new coach and there weren’t a ton of expectations for them, but that fueled them more. They wanted to show everyone how good they were and what they could do,” said Farmington coach Brynn Cochran, who was in her first season coaching the Lady Scorps. “Not only did they have the skills, but they really had the fight. They wanted to win for each other and the team. It was amazing to see.”

Keeper Chyna Walters, defender Teya Holloman, midfielders Aubriana Lopez and Mikayla Aragon, and forward Arin Coleman landed on the first team for Farmington.

Lopez, a junior, was also named the co-player of the year with Aztec’s Grace Olson.

Where Olson was a scoring or assist threat from her midfield position, tallying 26 total points during the season, Lopez was the prototypical midfielder for Farmington, acting as the field general and controlling the midfield for the Lady Scorps.

“She was the heart and soul of our team,” Cochran said of Lopez. “She won almost every 50-50 ball that came her way in the middle. Her winning it and distributing it out, those are all the plays that led to someone else getting the assist or the goal. She was able to control the middle for us against everyone we played, and if you can control the middle, you can win.”

Farmington's Aubriana Lopez, left, tries to get past the St. Pius X defense during their game on Sept. 8 at Hutchison Stadium in Farmington.

Olson, also a junior, was one of three Lady Tigers to earn a first-team selection, joined by defender Stacy Sutherland and forward Autumn Petersen.

The Lady Tigers had four players named to the second team and three earn honorable mentions.

Bloomfield matched Aztec with three first-team selections.

Defender Bryanna Parrish, midfielder Vanessa Harris and forward Teagan Mosley received first-team honors.

Bloomfield coach Shannon Nygren said the trio grew into their roles on the field and took great strides in their maturity as leaders for the Lady Bobcats this season.

The Lady Bobcats also had two players land on the second team and two more receive honorable mentions.

Bloomfield's Bryanna Parrish clears the ball against Kirtland Central on Oct. 9 at Bobcat Stadium in Bloomfield.

“They’re a remarkable group of girls. We had five amazing seniors that we’re going to miss and all but one of them made the All-District team,” Nygren said. “They’re all a great group of girls. I’m extremely proud of them.”

Kirtland Central forward Nikki Begay was the Lady Broncos’ lone representative on the first-team roster.

The Lady Broncos also earned two second-team selections and three honorable mentions.

Cochran was named the district’s coach of the year. In her first year at Farmington, Cochran guiding the Lady Scorps to a 16-5-1 overall record and district title with an unblemished district record.

Bloomfield's Irene Castillo, left, and Navajo Prep's Naakii Brown battle for the ball on Aug. 26 at Mesa Alta Middle School in Bloomfield.

In District 1-A/4A, Navajo Prep earned seven selections, four on the first team and three on the second team.

Defenders Kelly Charley and Taryn Yazzie, midfielder Naakii Brown and forward Audrey Shorty were the Lady Eagles’ first-team selections.

Brown, a sophomore, earned the co-player of the year award, sharing the honor with Rehoboth Christian’s Shandiin Tahy, an eighth-grader.

In District 1-6A, Piedra Vista had five players earn post-season honors.

Defender Cydnie Stock was the Lady Panthers’ only player to make the first team. Stock played most of the season as a midfielder, but was moved to defense midway through the district schedule, solidifying the team’s back line.

PV had one player land on the second team and three earn honorable mentions.

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