Athletes of the week: Garcia, Healy and Schrueder headline this week's top athletic stars
FARMINGTON − Local and area prep sports teams were represented by some outstanding individual performances last week, both on the soccer fields and the gridiron.
Here's a look at some of the notable performances in local sports last week.
Jesse Garcia, Kirtland Central girls soccer
The Lady Broncos senior captain scored four goals in a 9-1 rout over Navajo Prep last Thursday, giving her nine goals on the season and helping the team snap a two-game losing streak while improving their record on the season to 3-3.
Garcia, making her debut for the Lady Broncos this season, has been an immediate impact. She and senior Sydney Smith and sophomore Whitney Haws have been among the team's top players in the early part of the campaign.
Kirtland Central's girls soccer team will be home Thursday at 3 p.m. when they face Grants.
Analyse Healy, Piedra Vista girls soccer
Leading the Lady Panthers this season with a total of eight goals and six assists, Healy had an impressive week, scoring six times over the course of the Panthers last three games.
Healy scored a goal and recorded an assist in a 4-0 win last Tuesday against Kirtland Central, then scored four times in a 5-0 shutout win over Bloomfield on Thursday. Finally, Healy scored Piedra Vista's lone goal on Saturday in a 1-1 tie against Santa Fe.
"She's seeing the ball well and she's learning how to control the pace of the game," said Panthers head coach Shaun Taylor. "She's worked really well with her team and she's picked up the speed and where she needs to be on the field."
Healy scored five points (two goals and an assist) as an eighth-grader on the Piedra Vista girls soccer team last year and has quickly assumed a role as a strong figure on a team that is 3-1-1 after five games.
Ranked ninth in the state at the Class 5A level according to MaxPreps, the Lady Panthers will be back in action Thursday when they visit Carlsbad. The Cavemen girls soccer team have reached the state championship in each of the last two seasons, winning the Class 5A state title in 2020 over Albuquerque High.
Jacob Schrueder, Piedra Vista football
Schrueder came up with a couple of important plays to preserve Piedra Vista's 14-13 win at home Friday night over Durango, including an interception in the game's final minutes that sealed the win, keeping the Panthers unbeaten at 3-0 to start the season.
"He's such a smart kid, but I don't think he even knows how good a player he can be," said Piedra Vista head coach Jared Howell of the senior who plays both on the offense and defensive sides of the ball. "He came in for us because we had a kid injured who couldn't play. He's worked hard all summer and really kind of is rediscovering who he is."
In addition to the late interception, Schrueder also prevented an early Demons touchdown by forcing wide receiver JJ Hoerl out of bounds on what would have likely been a score in the team's second drive of the game.
The Panthers will look to remain unbeaten on Thursday night when they host Eldorado on Thursday at 7 p.m. at Hutchison Stadium.