After navigating a brutal non-district schedule filled primarily with Class 6A schools, the Albuquerque Academy boys soccer team appears to be rounding into peak form.
The defending state champion Chargers, ranked No. 1 in Class 5A, rolled past No. 8 Farmington 3-0 in a non-district matchup at Richard Harper Memorial Field on Saturday in a game that wasn’t nearly that close. Still, Academy coach Laney Kolek confirmed that it was close to being the Chargers’ top overall performance of the 2017 campaign.
“I think there were definitely spurts of some of the best play that we’ve seen all season,” Kolek said. “I think these guys are coming to form, figuring out how to play together, how to play off of each other. We were looking dangerous in the final third. And they’re doing their individual jobs correctly.”
While Academy (10-4-2, 3-0 2-5A) controlled possession, passed well and attacked the Farmington goal consistently in the first half, it wasn’t able to find the back of the net until Mateo Centenera converted a penalty kick in the 26th minute. The rest of the first 40 minutes, Scorpions goalie James Schryver did a masterful job of fending off the Chargers.