By Andrea Camarena

Another year, another title. For the fourth straight season, Farmersville has captured the East Sierra League Title in boys soccer and now, they're after the Division V Valley Title.

The boys capped off an undefeated league schedule on Friday, Feb. 9 with a 4-1 home win over second place Strathmore. But the win over the Spartans was no walk in the park.

The game was intense from the start with both team's playing like it was for the championship.

Farmersville took a 1-0 lead midway through the first half when Jose Cuevas sent the ball across to the 18 where Rogelio Ramirez headed it over the Strathmore goalkeeper, Ramiro Ramirez' head for the goal for the go ahead goal.

Farmersville's Rogelio Ramirez continued to pressure the goal, but Ramiro Ramirez kept the Aztecs scoreless for the remainder of regulation.

The second half was a seesaw battle with Farmersville's defenders hanging back and protecting the goalkeeper with a patient defense.

The Aztecs had trouble penetrating the goal and couldn't convert free kicks to goals.

In the final five minutes of regulation, Strathmore evened the score when Farmersville was called for a dangerous slide tackle just outside the box.

Strathmore sent the ball in the air to Strathmore sophomore Abel Valle just eight yards outside the box. Valle headed the ball over Farmersville's goalkeeper Jose Martinez' hands to send the game into overtime.

Overtime sent the Aztecs into overdrive and Farmersville scored early in the first half with Eddie Galindo driving a hard shot from inside the 18 to take a 2-1 lead with an assist from Cuevas.

In the second half of overtime, Cuevas scored himself when his shot deflected off a Strathmore defenseman, changing the direction of the ball for the goal.

Cueveas rendered Ramiro Ramirez helpless once more before the final whistle. Cuevas made a second shot from the right side of the field and blasted it past Ramirez to make the final score 4-1.

&#8220We did dominate the whole game in regulation,” Strathmore coach Angel Platas said. &#8220Unfortunately, these guys [Farmersville] can score when it counts.”

The loss ended Strathmore's regular season with a 5-2-1 league record. The season is Plata's last as head coach, ending his 16-year tenure.

&#8220It was a meaningless game because they already clinched the league title but we would have liked to win it. For the last couple years, they've been the team to beat.”

The Spartans aren't done yet. They drew a No. 8 seed for the Valley Playoffs and will host Fresno Christian today, Feb. 14.

Farmersville is also headed for the playoffs and as the No. 2 seed, they received a first round bye. The Aztecs will host the winner of a first round contest between No. 7 Mission Prep and No. 10 McFarland on Friday, Feb. 16.

&#8220I'm disappointed that we created opportunities for them to score,” Farmersville coach Mike Jordan said. &#8220They're goalie played great but it was Jose Cuevas' night. He had two assists and two goals.”

The only chance the rivals will meet again is if they both make it to the finals.

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