Monarchs open season with 2-0 win over P'ville

By Andrea Camarena

With seven returning players, the Monarch girls varsity soccer team went head to head with Porterville High Schoool in their season opener last week. Exeter came out ahead with a 2-0 shutout over the Panthers.

Brittany Walker scored in the first half with an ssist from Amy Noel 25 minutes into the game.

Assisted by Kim Hagen, Erica Alamillo put away the second Monarch goal in the second half with 15 minutes left in the game.

15 minutes wasn't enough time for the Panthers to break down the Monarch defense and Exeter took their firts win of the season in Panther territory.

"We played well together. Our defense was better than it was in our scrimmage game," said head coach Darren Lasky. "The defense really stepped up and played well."

With 11 new girls on his roster, playing like a team will be one of the goals in their upcoming preleague contests.

Adjusting to injuries will also be key for the Monarchs. Three starters are out until January, putting a strain on each area of the field.

The Monarchs have a halfback, a forward and a fullback out on injury. Two players will be back by league play this week while one player will remain off the field until January.

The team also traveled to Lemoore last week for a varsity tournament where they faced two Division I teams back-to-back in the first day.

McLane served the Monarchs their first defeat in a tight 2-1 game.

The Monarchs have a halfback, a forward and a fullback out on injury. Two players will be back by league play this week while one player will remain off the field until January.

The team also traveled to Lemoore last week for a varsity tournament where they faced two Division I teams back-to-back in the first day.

McLane served the Monarchs their first defeat in a tight 2-1 game.

Exeter followed it up with a 6-0 loss to physical Clovis.

"It was just real good soccer," said Lasky. "With the new girls in there, they got a good introduction."

In the second day of the tournament, the girls fell again, this time to Central, 3-1. Alamillo made the lone goal for the Monarchs.

The Monarchs finally saw victory in the final game of the tourament when they faced league opponents Coalinga.

Exeter took a 3-0 win when Alamillo, Hannah LeFleur and Noel each put one past the Horned Toads keeper.

The rough play of Coalinga worked for the Monarchs as Alamillo scored on a penalty kick and defensive player LeFleur made a direct kick from almost half-field.

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