Scorpions anticipating high seed as playoffs approach
FARMINGTON – The Farmington boys soccer team never takes its district matches for granted.
The Scorpions’ nondistrict results may not always be what they hope for, whether it’s just a rough stretch or a mediocre year altogether, but makes their district results all the more valuable.
“If you don’t take care of district, then you’re basically shooting yourself in the foot,” coach Byron Farnsworth said.
Farmington’s last district loss came on Oct. 18, 2011, against Bloomfield. FHS has gone 45-0-1 in district matches since then, including its 4-0 win over Bloomfield on Thursday.
“(District matches) do help us out a lot with rankings and state. Hopefully, that can put us at a good seed,” senior defender Luke Stoltzfus said. “We’re really pulling through games really well as a team. We’re passing well, we’re connecting well.”
And because FHS has encountered some various playing styles among its district foes this year, Farnsworth said those matches have given his squad extra time to fine tune things on both ends of the field.
Some matches presented a chance for FHS to work on playing tighter man-to-man defense, being more efficient scoring on direct attacks or attacking from the sides, just to name a few areas.
“We use these district games as a way to practice and just refine everything,” junior forward Erik Quintana said.
The Scorpions stress having every player contribute in some way, whether on offense or on defense.
“There’s so much depth (on) this team. Everyone can play pretty much any position,” Quintana said.
Farmington (13-4-2, 10-0-0) will wrap up its regular season 1 p.m. Saturday at home against Capital.
FHS will then find out where it’ll be seeded in this year’s 5A state soccer tournament bracket.
“The boys have won the games that we’re supposed to,” Farnsworth said.
Matt Hollinshead covers sports for the Daily times. He can be reached at 505-564-4577.