Aztec, Farmington girls reach 5A semifinals

Farmington boys upset St. Pius to advance

The Daily Times staff
  • Aztec’s Sierra Villanueva scored the game-winner with a goal late in the first half.
  • The Lady Scorpions led 1-0 at intermission before adding five second-half goals.
  • Senior striker Yosmar Ruiz scored twice of the Scorpions' goals.
​Farmington's Arin Coleman attempts a shot against Valencia in first half of Thursday's 5A state quarterfinals match in Bernalillo. The Lady Scorpions won, 6-0.

FARMINGTON — The Aztec and Farmington girls soccer teams posted shutout victories in today’s 5A state quarterfinals in Bernalillo.

The Lady Tigers edged Los Lunas 1-0, while the Lady Scorpions routed Valencia for a 6-0 win.

With five minutes left in the first half, Aztec’s Sierra Villanueva scored the game-winner from about 25 yards out.

“She made a run up the left side of the field. She moved the ball inside, saw the keeper was off the line, put the ball in the back of the net. It sealed it,” Lady Tigers coach Kelly Kelso said. “It’s great. First game’s always tough. It was a battle, (and) we got through it.”

Meanwhile, Farmington’s offense erupted and buried five second-half goals.

“They just hit it and kept going. Nerves settled down. They just took care of business,” Lady Scorpions coach Brynn Cochran said. “We were able to control (the ball) in the middle. Our forwards took advantage of it.”

Farmington, the No. 4 seed, will face top-seeded Albuquerque Academy in the 5A semifinals. Second-seeded Aztec will face sixth-seeded Los Alamos in the other semifinal match.

Both matches start at 10 a.m. Friday.

Farmington boys advance to 5A semis

Senior striker Yosmar Ruiz buried two second-half goals, leading the Farmington boys soccer team to a 2-1 win over third-seeded St. Pius in today's 5A quarterfinals.

Ruiz scored the Scorpions' opening goal early in the second half off a penalty kick to tie the match at 1. He scored again with about eight minutes left in the second half.

Sixth-seeded Farmington will face second-seeded Alamogordo at 12:30 p.m. Friday in the 5A semifinals.