AZTEC — Aztec made a statement that they are still the team to beat in District 1-4A girls soccer.
The Lady Tigers knocked off Kirtland Central 5-0 in the final of the Lady Tiger Shootout on Saturday at the Aztec Tiger Sports Complex.
"We expected it to be a tough game," said Aztec head coach Stephen Parks. "They battled, but we finally snuck that first goal in, and it helped us go for more."
Aztec (3-0) spread out the scoring with four girls combining on the five goals, led by two from Jessica Kresl.
Parks was impressed with the way his defense performed, as they shut out the opposition during all three games of the tournament.
"The defense did well. We're going to continue to work on some things overall, but I was pleased," he said.
KCHS head coach Leonel Camacho knew facing Aztec would be tough on his team, but he thinks the game will better prepare the Lady Broncos for their future matchups with the Lady Tigers.
"Aztec is definitely good. They were second in state last year," Camacho said. "They got a program that's creating great soccer players right now, and you have to respect them for that."
The Lady Tigers jumped on the scoreboard about 10 minutes into the first half on a goal from Lacy Garcia.
Aztec tacked on three more goals by Kresl, Hailey Morris and K'leigh Farnsworth to take a 4-0 lead over KCHS (2-1) into halftime.
Kresl added her second goal of the contest on a penalty kick after Morris was fouled in the 18-yard box.
Rain began falling on and off at the start of the second half, and with about 17 minutes left to play, officials called the game due to lightning.
Parks hopes his team will continue to build on the momentum gained during the three wins in which they outscored their opponents 21-0.
"It's good to get off to this start because it builds the confidence," he said. "We're right where we want to be, and we're going to head into the next several games with that same confidence."
Also at the tournament, Piedra Vista responded from a loss in the opening round to defeat Santa Fe Indian School and Miyamura to win the consolation bracket and finish in fifth place.
PV (2-1) beat SFIS 9-0 and Miyamura 5-0 after dropping the opener on Friday to Deming.
Aztec will continue its season on Tuesday at home versus Moriarty
KCHS will be in action again on Sept. 3 against Miyamura, while PV plays at Miyamura on Tuesday.
Farmington 2, Los Alamos 0
Hannah Kelley and the Farmington Lady Scorpions got off to a fast start in the 2013 season with a big road win on Saturday.
Kelley, who scored 18 goals in 2012, scored two goals in the season opener at Los Alamos (0-1) on Saturday as the Lady Scorps (1-0) secured a 2-0 win.
"Everyone played well. It is a great (win) and hopefully sets a precedent for the season," said Farmington High head coach Shannon Gill.
Gill hopes beating one of the state's top teams year in and year out will give the team a confidence boost all season.
The Lady Scorps are back in action next weekend at the Taos tournament.
Hope Christian 1, Piedra Vista 0
A day after falling to Bosque 1-0, Piedra Vista dropped another game to a A-AAA Albuquerque School.
The Panthers (0-2) lost to Hope Christian 1-0 on Saturday. PV head coach Pablo Quintana has been pleased with the play of his defenders and midfielders in the team's first two games, but he knows they need to do more at the forward position to attack the opposition's net.
"Bosque and Hope were very tough games. They have really good teams, and it showed us a lot about what we need to work on and where we need to improve. It is a wake up call for us," Quintana said. "We have definitely had a problem in the last quarter of the field when it comes to preparing to take a shot. We need to improve there a lot."
PV's next game will be played at home on Tuesday against Miyamura.
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