Monarch soccer makes slow start

By Andrea Camarena

The Exeter boys Monarch soccer team opened their season last week with a loss to nonleague competitor Selma.

Selma took a 3-1 win over the Monarchs. The Monarchs took the early lead in the first half by way of a Jose Ortega goal.

Selma caught up late in the first half when a cross to the back post found its way to an open Bear forward who put it past Exeter goal keeper Wiulfredo Rosales. Rosales totaled four saves in the 80 minute contest. The Monarchs breakdown in coverage in the box led to another Bear goal in the beginning of the first half.

Selma sealed the win in the final five minutes of the game when they put the ball in the net for the final goal of the game.

The Monarchs followed up the Selma game with a loss to Porterville to put Exeter on a two-game losing streak in their first week of play.

Porterville took second in the valley championship game last year and are holding onto their winning ways this season.

"If we grow up we should do well," said head coach Jesus Banuelos.

Woodlake took first in the East Sequoia league last season and they look to once again be Exeter's big opponent this year. The defending Valley champions will face Exeter on Dec. 16.

Dinuba came in second in ESL in 2004 and the Moarchs will not have to worry abou the Emporers until after winter break.

With Coalinga joining the ESL this season, the Monarchs will have one more difficult opponent to play.

Other than the three top teams, Woodlake, Dinuba and Coalinga, Banuelos sees the rest of league as a fairly even toss up.

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