Monarchs slip in ESL title race, lose to Woodlake

By Tom Price Jr.

The Exeter Monarchs girls soccer team has overcome a lot this season. Early on they were shorthanded due to injury and illness, at the start of league they were wondering if they would ever score a goal and against Lindsay they battled for two crucial overtime wins.

There is one thing the 6-2 Monarchs can't overcome and that's the defending Valley Champion Woodlake Tigers.

Last Tuesday they dropped their second consecutive 1-0 decision to Woodlake before rebounding with a 2-0 win over Dinuba on Friday.

"The Woodlake game was emotional and physical," Exeter coach Darren Lasky said. "[The team] knows they have to stay optimistic. They feel they can mathcup physically and play soccer with the best of them."

Woodlake scored their only goal on a corner kick in the second half. On the kick the ball disappeared into the crowd of players and deflected off the leg of an Exeter defender past goalie Katie Barnes whose momentum was taking her the opposite direction.

"It was an unlucky break for us and a lucky one for them," Lasky said. "We just have to keep fighting back."

They did just that shutting out Dinuba on Friday. Anabel Ortega scored in the first half and Amy Noel put the game out of reach with a goal off a loose ball 60 minutes into the game.

"We were a little drained emotionally, but we played well enough to win and that's what we have to do," Lasky said. "If all goes well we will end up the No. 2 seed from our league."

In the final week of East Sequoia League play the Monarchs will take on Corcoran at home and Orosi on the road.

As of press time Exeter's ESL game against Corcoran on Tuesday had yet to be played and results can be found in the Feb. 18 issue of The Exeter Sun.

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