The race for the Central Sequoia League girls soccer championship heated up on Friday night as the league’s top two teams squared off in Exeter with Kingsburg shutting out the Monarchs 2-0.
The Vikings showed up ready to play by converting a breakaway for a 1-0 lead just one minute after the opening kickoff.
That would be all that the Vikings needed as Exeter struggled to generate offense throughout the entire night.
Vivian Vasquez, Irene Moreno and Carissa Carstens all created scoring chances but came a away empty handed.
With less than two minutes left in the first half, and the Monarchs on the attack, the Vikings launched a counter attack leading to their second goal and a 2-0 lead at the break.
The Monarchs came close to breaking the shutout with several corner kick opportunities late in the game and a shot off the cross bar with five minutes left in the game but in the end suffered their second league loss of the season.
The Monarchs lost 1-0 to the Vikings in their first meeting of the season and sits just a few games back of the Vikings in league play.
The Monarchs are not 2-2-1 in Central Sequoia League play and 7-7-2 overall.
Exeter will hit the road this week, traveling to Dinuba on Jan. 29 and Selma on Feb. 1.