Monarch soccer keeps up 6-game win streak

By Andrea Camarena

At the start of this soccer season, the lady Monarchs made their goals clear. They had to return this season to defeat both Lindsay and Woodlake, teams that dropped them in a total of four league matches last season.

On Tuesday, Jan. 17, the Exeter team made good on half of their goal bringing down the Cardinals 2-1 in Lindsay.

The game didn't come easily to Exeter who played minus some usual starters. In, fact, Lindsay started off with the lead after Jeshea Garcia's shot in the opening 10 minutes slipped under Exeter goalie Katie LaFleur to put the score at 1-0.

In the same half, Exeter's Belinda Connelly caught Cardinal sweeper Monica Montes out of position and netted the first Monarch goal to tie the score.

&#8220We controlled the ball for the next 60 minutes,” Lindsay coach Freddy Martinez said. &#8220We just couldn't put one in.”

Successfully holding back Lindsay's usually high scoring offense, the Monarchs took the win in the closing minute of the game.

With 30 seconds on the clock, Exeter's Marcie Moreno put away the last goal of the game to give the Monarchs their sixth straight win and put them in second place behind undefeated Woodlake.

Exeter keepers LaFleur and Kayla Sheer had one save each.

The loss is Lindsay's third in league. The Cardinals fell in their first league contest to Dinuba and again to Woodlake. They are currently in third place in the East Sequoia League with a 5-3 league record and a 12-3 overall record.

&#8220Right now, we're going to do the best we can to qualify for playoffs,” Martinez said.

Both Exeter and Lindsay continued on to success in their second games of the week. On Thursday, Jan. 19, Exeter hosted Orosi for an 8-0 win while the Cardinals traveled to Dinuba to bring down the Emperors 3-0.

In Exeter's sixth straight victory, Anabel Ortega and Moreno were the top scorers each putting up two goals.

In Lindsay's comeback game over Dinuba, the familiar Cardinal offense was back in place with top scorers Brenda Rangel and Sylvia Mendoza putting up the usual goals.

Mendoza scored the only goal of the first half on an assist from Rangel to put the Cardinals ahead 1-0 at the half.

&#8220Dinuba came out physical,” Martinez said. &#8220After the first 20 minutes, it was really intense.”

The intensity only bred more goals for the Cardinals. In the second half, Mendoza scored again when she received a pass from Brenda in the outside right corner. Mendoza controlled the ball in the middle of the field and shot past Dinuba's keeper for a 2-0 lead.

Rangel put in her own goal on a breakaway late in the half to bring the final score to 3-0.

Dinuba's closest scoring effort came in the second half when the Lindsay goalie Raquel Ramirez deflected a shot towards the goal. Defender Jeshea Garcia cleaned up house clearing out the deflected ball just before it crossed the goal line.

&#8220In the first game [against Dinuba], they had a home crowd backing them up and they were fired up,” Martinez said. &#8220This time, they started off slow. We caught them cold and they just started slowing down.”

The Cardinals traveled to Immanuel on Tuesday. Scores were unavailable at press time. They return home on at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 26 to host Coalinga.

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