strathmore, woodlake – The Strathmore Spartans have amassed an impressive record not only for the season but in league as well. With their recent win over the Woodlake Tigers, the Spartans now sport a 19-3 record for the season and remain undefeated in league.
The stakes were high for Woodlake and Strathmore, as two of the best teams in the East Sequoia league faced off for the second time this season. Where Woodlake was looking for redemption after having fallen to the Spartans, 5-0, earlier in the year, the Spartans were defending their impeccable league record.
Although the Strathmore Spartans held off the host Woodlake Tigers soccer squad by a margin of 1-0 in Thursday’s league match, the Tigers proved to be a stronger unit as they fought against the Spartans’ attacks. Typically a high scoring team, the Spartans struggled to get past the Tigers throughout the evening, managing to get only one goal through the net.
The sole goal was skillfully completed by Strathmore sophomore Paloma Gomez early in the first half of play. Despite their difficulties shooting, Strathmore goalie Jackie Orozco had an impressive six saves on the evening, bringing her season total to 104.
Neither team managed to get much past the goal in the first half leaving the score 1-0, Strathmore. Woodlake dominated the field in the second half only to fall short of a tie after a foul was called against Strathmore giving Woodlake’s Joana Guerra the opportunity to put a goal on the board. However, Guerra’s shot bounced off the net sending the Tigers into a frenzy as they attempted to rebound. Unfortunately, Woodlake was unable to put the ball through the goal, leaving the Tigers with only 16 minutes to even the score. The remainder of the second half was messy as a number of calls were made against both Woodlake and Strathmore.
Both teams were visibly exhausted as the final whistle blew, signaling the end of a hard fought battle. With the loss, Woodlake dropped to 14-9 on the season. The Tigers traveled to Corcoran to encounter the Panthers in an East Sequoia match on Tuesday, Feb. 9. The Tigers will then host the Lindsay Cardinals on Thursday, Feb. 11
With two games left to play before the first round of CIF Central Section D4 playoffs begin, the Spartans will look to defeat the Corcoran Panthers as well as the Sierra Pacific Golden Bears. Wins should be attainable since Strathmore has defeated both teams by large margins earlier in the season.