By Tom Price Jr.
Two teams even in talent and record took the field Thursday to settle once and for all who is the better team.
The Exeter Monarchs and Lindsay Cardinals girls soccer teams played to a 0-0 tie on Jan. 13 in an East Sequoia League match in Lindsay. Due to a confusion of the rules they did not play overtime.
So on Thursday they played the 20 minute overtime in Exeter, before playing the regularly scheduled ESL second round match.
By the end of the night Exeter would notch two more league wins and send the Cardinals looking for answers. In the conclusion of their first game the overtime period was not enough to settle the score and Exeter eventually edged Lindsay 7-6 in penalty kicks.
"We were frustrated," Lindsay coach Freddy Martinez said. "[Exeter] was really prepared tonight."
In the full-length game, regulation would once again not decide the winner. The Cardinals took the lead early on a 40-yard penalty. Exeter trailed at the half despite controlling the ball for much of the game to that point.
"It was very frustrating," Exeter coach Darren Lasky said. "We controlled the ball but they got that goal on a penalty kick and that stuff happens."
Amy Noel erased the one goal lead after swiping a Lindsay pass out of the goalie box and drilling it from 15 yards out, past Lindsay goalie Gaby Carrillo.
"It came to me and I was thinking don't blow this," Noel said. "We really showed a lot of spirit and came together in the second half."
The Monarchs were able to control the ball for most of the game not allowing explosive forward Brenda Rangel the opportunity to attack the goal. Crisp passing and physical play in the midfield helped them dictate the outcome of the game.
"Its sucks not getting any passes," Rangel said. "It was frustrating that we couldn't get the ball out of there."
Anabel Ortega gave Exeter the lead for the first time at any point during regulation or overtime against Lindsay this year, with a chip shot goal late in the second half of overtime. The goal capped a night that Exeter took over 60 shots on goal.
"It was really exciting, it surprised me," Ortega said about her open shot. "I am really happy and we are going to take it to Woodlake now."
As of press time the Cardinals ESL game against Corcoran on Tuesday had yet to be played. Results from that game can be found in the Feb. 11 issue of the Lindsay Gazette.