By Andrea Camarena

Lindsay made the short trip down Highway 65 last week to challenge rivals Exeter in one of the closest matched games either team has seen this season.

Both teams headed into the game with winning records and one loss to Woodlake. The close contest ended in a home team upset when Lindsay took a 1-0 win that upped their record to 5-1 and dropped Exeter to 5-2.

Early in the first half Lindsay's Raquel Ramirez took a hard shot from 35 yards out that zipped past Exeter's Yesenia Garcia for Lindsay's first and only goal of the game.

Exeter responded by rocketing their offense at Lindsay's Ivette Felix who stood her ground making 21 saves for the night five of which were Monarch breakaways.

"[Felix] shut down everything. She did great," said Lindsay's coach Freddy Martinez.

"Our defense really held up. Exeter's a really good team."

The Monarchs forced Lindsay's defense to work for their win with 27 shots.

"We outplayed them in every aspect of the game except the most crucial one, they netted one and we did not," said Exeter coach Darin Lasky. "We played a good game but it could’ve been better."

Unable to put one away on the offensive side of their game, the Monarchs split their focus on shutting down Lindsay's offense for the remainder of the game. It worked as the Monarch defense held Lindsay scoreless in the second half and limited them to only three shots in the game.

"We did a great job defensively shutting down key lindsay players which was evident with the three shots on goal," Lasky said.

"They shut Brenda down completely," Martinez said of his star forward, Brenda Rangel, who sprinted back and forth across the field in failed attempts to illude the Monarch defense. Rangel, normally Lindsay's top offensive weapon was unable to project her normal shooting.

The Cardinals followed the big win with a disappointing loss. Taking 23 shots against the Emperors, Lindsay was unable to score.

"In one week we've gone from playing the best game of the season to the worst game of the season," Martinez said.

Dinuba put in their single goal by way of a shot that was rebounded off of a Cardinal defender. The Emperors took only seven shots in the game.

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