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Prep soccer, volleyball teams gearing up for district season

FARMINGTON − The Kirtland Central High School boys soccer team earned their second win of the season on Tuesday, getting past Montezuma-Cortez by a final of 3-1 on a stormy afternoon at Kirtland Central High School.

Meantime, the Piedra Vista High School girls soccer team got back on the right track, blanking Valencia on the road by a final of 3-0.

Here's a recap of some of the action involving San Juan County high school sports teams.

Boys Soccer

BERNALILLO 6, Bloomfield 4

The Bloomfield High School boys soccer team came up short Monday afternoon in a home game against Bernalillo, losing to the Spartans by a final of 6-4.

Freshmen Edwin Candelas and Victor Vega each scored a pair of goals, as did sophomore Ivan Najera to lift Bernalillo to the win, snapping a two-game winless streak and improving their record to 3-4-1.

Bloomfield (2-4-1) has lost three of their last four matches and will host Farmington on Thursday night in a match which was postponed due to weather conditions on Tuesday.

KIRTLAND CENTRAL 3, Montezuma-Cortez 1

The Kirtland Central boys soccer team earned their second win from their last three matches, topping Montezuma-Cortez on Tuesday night by a final of 3-1 after inclement weather delayed the start of the match for nearly an hour.

Both teams scored their goals in the first half before playing through a scoreless second half.

The Broncos improved their record to 2-6-3 on the season as they prepare for a road trip on Thursday to face Pojoaque Valley while Montezuma-Cortez falls to 0-4.

BAYFIELD 5, Aztec 0

The Bayfield High School soccer team blanked Aztec by a final of 5-0 on Tuesday afternoon, improving their record to 3-1 while the Tigers remain winless on the season.

The Wolverines scored three times in the first half, and added a pair of goals in the second half on their way to their second straight win.

Aztec (0-9) has been outscored 53-6 this season and has been shut out in five of their last six matches. The Tigers will be back in action when they visit Piedra Vista on Thursday at 4 p.m.

DURANGO 10, Piedra Vista 0

The Durango High School boys soccer team extended their unbeaten streak to eight straight after rolling past Piedra Vista 10-0 Tuesday afternoon at Durango High School.

The Demons, currently the top-ranked team in the state of Colorado according to MaxPreps scored seven times in the first half before adding three goals in the second half for the win. Durango has allowed only five goals while scoring 47 times in their eight wins on the season and are led in scoring by senior Cedar Newman's seven goals and four assists.

Piedra Vista (2-6-1) has lost four in a row and will be back in action at home Thursday afternoon against Aztec.

Girls Soccer

BLOOMFIELD 11, Bernalillo 1

The Bloomfield High School girls soccer team earned their third straight win Monday afternoon, routing Bernalillo at home by a final of 11-1.

Sophomore Alivia Waite scored three goals in the win, which was also aided by two goals apiece from juniors Desirea Gurule, Ella Serrano and Juliema Jaquez, as well as eighth-grader Maliah Goins. Bloomfield led the match 5-0 at halftime before scoring six more times before the end of the second half.

Gurule, Jaquez and Waite are the three leading scorers on the Lady Bobcats, each scoring six goals this season.

Bloomfield (5-4-1) has outscored their opponents by a combined margin of 31-1 in their last three matches. The Lady Bobcats are scheduled to be back in action Thursday at 6 p.m. when they visit Navajo Prep.

PIEDRA VISTA 3, Valencia 0

The Piedra Vista High School girls soccer team earned a strong win on the road Tuesday afternoon, blanking Valencia 3-0.

Senior Brooklyn Silseth scored a pair of goals, with Jayme Notgrass adding a third goal. Notgrass also had an assist in the match, along with freshmen Bailey Barton and Danica Krakow.

"We played well and moved the ball well, but wasted too many opportunities," said Lady Panthers head coach Shaun Taylor. "It's a good win for us and we're very happy with the overall performance."

Piedra Vista improves to 5-2-2 on the season and will be back on the road Thursday to face Rio Rancho in the final non-district match of the season.

KIRTLAND CENTRAL 2, Rehoboth Christian 0

Seniors Sydney Smith and Jesse Garcia each scored a goal as the Kirtland Central girls soccer team went on the road Tuesday and blanked Rehoboth Christian by a final of 2-0.

The Lady Broncos have won four straight and are led in scoring by both senior stars, who have combined for 18 goals and five assists this season.

Kirtland Central (6-3) will open the District 1-4A season Friday at 5 p.m. when they visit Shiprock, who are winless through the first six matches of the season.


AZTEC 3, Thoreau 0

The Aztec High School volleyball team swept past Thoreau by a final of three games to none on the road Tuesday afternoon.

The Lady Tigers won the match by scores of 25-15, 25-5 and 25-16, improving their record on the season to 6-3 on the season. Aztec will host Newcomb on Thursday at 6 p.m. before facing tournament competition later this weekend.

DURANGO 3, Piedra Vista 2

The Durango High School volleyball team won their third straight match Tuesday night, topping Piedra Vista at home by a final of three games to two.

The Lady Demons were led in victory by senior Leah Wolf and junior Aava Dreger, who combined for 34 kills and three aces in the win, improving their record this season to 7-2. Wolf is the team's leading scorer with 105 kills through nine matches, which ranks her among the top 20 players in that category in the state of Colorado.

Durango won the opening set 25-13 before dropping the second set 25-17. The teams traded wins in the third and fourth sets, with Durango winning the third 25-10 before the Lady Panthers tied the match with a 25-20 win in the fourth set. Durango closed it out, winning the fifth and final set by a score of 15-10, improving their record on the season to 7-2.

Piedra Vista falls to 3-7 on the season and has a five-match losing streak. They will play their final non-district match of the season on Tuesday at 6 p.m. at home against Kirtland Central.