By Andrea Camarena

Five years in the making, the Monarchs found victory over the Woodlake Tigers in the final kick of a shootout following last Thursday's tie game.

In a game-making shot, Salvador Sanchez put the ball past Woodlake's keeper to win the shootout 3-2 at Exeter Stadium.

In the past five years, Woodlake has dominated the league winning the Valley Title three times. This year, Goalkeeper Wuilfredo Rosales held back the Tigers scoring by blocking three of Woodlake's five shots taken in the post overtime tiebreaker.

The win puts the Monarchs at 2-0 for league. The shootout followed a two-all game that went into a scoreless double overtime.

The Tigers opened the scoring in the first half on a penalty kick that shot past Rosales.

Exeter answered back in the second half playing a quick game of catch up when Jose Ortega assisted on a Sanchez goal that came from the left side of the 18 to bring the score up to 1-1. The tie turned to a Monarch lead when Woodlake fouled Sanchez inside the box to give Drew Hutchison a penalty kick that brought the Monarchs to two.

The Monarch defense struggled to hold the Tigers for the remainder of the half. With a win just two minutes in the distance, Woodlake broke through the Monarch defense to bring the game back to a tie.

The rivalry win followed last week's league opener against Orosi. The Monarchs took a 3-1 win over the Cardinals in a slower performance than the Woodlake face off.

Orosi put away the first goal of the game but Exeter answered back two minutes later with a left footed volley from Sanchez just outside the 18 that popped past the Cardinal keeper.

The Monarchs followed it up with another jaw-dropping shot when Angel Garcia headed the ball in on a 35 yard cross from Yovanni Ortega to bring Exeter up to two.

Widening the spread in the second half, Ivan Rivera put away number three by way of a penalty kick against the Cardinals.

Although the Monarchs managed to hold the Cardinals to zero in the second half, the play was not up to par with coach Jesus Banuelos' expectations of his team's abilities.

"We beat them because we have a more experienced team. We're mostly juniors and seniors," Banuelos said. "But we didn't really play a good game."

"A few things that we've been practicing came through during the game."

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