By Tom Price Jr.
One after another members of the Exeter Monarchs girl's soccer team fell victim to the flu, until seven of them were forced to sit out last Wednesday's game against the defending Valley Champion Redwood.
With freshman replacement players the Monarchs stood strong against the Rangers methodic attack and lost 2-0.
"I am proud right now," Exeter coach Darren Lasky said. "They played hard out there and with a lot of heart."
Having brought up freshman to fill the spaces vacated by absence of Katie Banuelos, Paula and Erica Alamillo and Taylor Sullivan who were all home sick, the Monarchs were forced to change their strategy.
They played with five defenders in the box and tried to prevent the Rangers from getting into rhythm with their passing game.
"Redwood plays a real smart game," Lasky said. "They are patient with the pass and we just had to wait for a mistake."
The Monarchs were able to limit penetration from the sidelines for much of the first half but struggled to control the middle of the field. The Rangers exploited this firing nine shots on goal with only one reaching the net.
Goalie, Yesenia Garcia playing for the usual starter Katie Ba