Farmersville falls in Strathmore

By Andrea Camarena

Farmersville girls soccer called it a season on Tuesday, Feb. 13 when they fell 3-0 to Strathmore in the first round of the Division V Central Section playoffs.

No. 7 Strathmore hosted the No. 10 Aztecs in the teams second meeting in five days. The game was a rematch for the teams after the Spartans defeated the Aztecs in the East Sierra League closer on Friday, Feb. 9.

This time, the Spartans scored two goals in the first half from Emilia Gutierrez and Cecilia Ramirez. Ana Bravo added another goal in the second half while goalkeepers Veronica Magana and Rosemary Medina shared the shutout.

Farmersville's Ericka Torres recorded four saves against the Spartans. The Aztecs finished the season with a X-X record. The team's top scorer was freshman Dulce Escamilla with 16 points and eight assists. Veronica Velasquez made 15 goals and eight assists to lead the offense as well.

Rosie Reyna totaled 10 goals and two assists for the season.

As Farmersville ended its season, the Spartans went on to face no. 2 Liberty in the quarterfinals.

On the road, the Spartans suffered a season-ending 2-1 loss to the Hawks in Madera.

The Hawks got on the board first putting in a one on one goal in the 20th minute of the game.

Liberty stretched its lead to two later in the first half when a corner kick banana curved in for a second goal.

&#8220It was a beautiful goal. There wasn't much our goalie could do,” Strathmore coach, Hector Gonzalez said.

The Spartans came into the second half ready to even the game.

&#8220We came back and put on as much pressure as we could,” Gonzalez said. &#8220We had many opportunities but weren't able to capitalize. Then both teams settled down and it was a hard fought game in the middle.”

The Spartans finally put one away in the 65th minute of the game when Ramirez took a direct free kick from 30 yards out. She tucked it into the back post for the goal.

&#8220They had a pretty awesome goalie, but we were able to get the ball right above her,” Gonzalez said.

The Spartans continued to put the pressure on but couldn't deliver another goal and fell 2-1 after 90 minutes of back and forth play.

Magana made three saves in the goal for the first half and Medina had five saves for a second half shutout.

&#8220She kept us in the game and were able to have opportunities at the goal,” Gonzalez said of Medina.

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On Thursday, Feb. 15, the Tigers fell in a 4-3 overtime match to No. 2 Kings Christian. Woodlake finished league in second place in the East Sequoia League with a 7-3 record and went 1-1 in the postseason.

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