Farmington girls soccer team optimistic about state tournament seeding
FARMINGTON — Despite last week's rough double-overtime loss to District 1-5A champion Aztec, the Farmington girls soccer team is in high spirits in this late stretch of the season.
The Lady Scorpions (15-4, 7-2) feel optimistic they can get a first-round bye because of their body of work.
"It's fueling our fire, making us want to push ourselves even more," senior midfielder Aubriana Lopez said. "The difficulty (our of schedule), it really helps us raise our game. We need to make sure our pace is high."
Farmington's notable nondistrict wins came against Bosque, Sandia Prep, defending 5A champ Albuquerque Academy and defending 4A champ Hope Christian.
Pushing Aztec to double overtime and playing a tight one-goal match at St. Pius also beefs up the team's résumé.
"We're very proud of our record this year. (Those matches) are helping us prepare for state. Being able to beat Hope Christian and beating Academy was phenomenal for us," junior forward Felicia Moseley said. "We definitely could've won (the Aztec match). But overall, it wasn't too crushing because as a team we played well. Even in defeats like Aztec, we don't put our heads down. We just keep going."
The Scorpions are one of five 5A teams with at least 14 victories this season. The other four are Aztec, Albuquerque Academy, Alamogordo and Artesia.
Bosque and Sandia Prep have won 14 and 12 matches, respectively, in Class 4A.
"In state, we're going to face Pius and Academy (again)," Moseley said. "When you beat a team like that, it proves you have what it takes to win. (The New Mexico Activities Association) will see in our record that we've gone up against hard teams."
Farmington will conclude the regular season at 6 p.m. Thursday at Bloomfield.
The Scorpions will learn their seed when the 5A state tournament bracket is announced on Sunday.
"The girls are upbeat and positive because we know we can do it. Those games where they're intense, they're in, they're involved, they're aware," coach Brynn Cochran said. "We're not done. We've got a long road still ahead of us. We just go into every game not being afraid, not being intimidated."
Matt Hollinshead covers sports for the Daily times. He can be reached at 505-564-4577.