Girls Soccer: Cavaliers hit their stride against Trailblazers

Jermaine Johnson II

CVC gave Golden West their first loss of the season in a 5-1 victory

VISALIA – Golden West was rolling on all cylinders to start the season and then hit a brick wall against the Central Valley Christian Cavaliers.

Meanwhile, CVC is finding their groove as they have outscored their last two opponents 10-3, including a 5-1 win over the previously undefeated Trailblazers last Wednesday.

The teams went into halftime scoreless, before the Cavaliers went on a scoring rampage. They were led by a couple of freshmen who have immediately cemented themselves as a force to be reckoned with over the next few years. Six minutes into the second period, freshman Taylie Avila sniped a shot nearly 20 yards out for the game’s first score. She was just getting started. About eight minutes later, she scored her second goal which came off the goalie’s deflection following a set piece. She had the opportunity for more goals and assists that barely missed the net.

After their first goal, CVC kept their foot on the gas and were very aggressive on offense. Fellow freshman Zoey Hartfield took advantage of the momentum and finally got in on the action. She showed off her ability to score from long range with two accurate shots from outside the box to put her team up 4-0.

Avila wasn’t quite done as she scored the longest shot of the night from nearly 30 yards out, with just under 10 minutes remaining. It was her first hat trick of high school, and likely not her last.

Hartfield currently leads the team in goals scored with six in the last two games. She scored four in a 5-2 victory over Fresno Christian in the team’s first win of the season, which was also her first career hat trick as well.

Golden West finally scored their lone goal in the 75th minute off a set play. The Trailblazers moved the ball extremely well for the first 40 minutes, but it was the tale of two halves according to CVC head coach Jason De Groot. He was extremely impressed with the shots his star freshmen were able to put in the back of the net, as they are still adjusting to the speed of varsity high school soccer.

“They’re not freshmen in soccer years. Those girls play a lot of soccer and they’ve got a lot of experience,” he said. “You can see by the way they’ve been scoring goals that they’re good at what they do.”

The Cavaliers have a lot of returners from last year in addition to their influx of new talent, so they are still growing together as a team and learning how to play together. They’ll have a break this week before playing again on Tuesday, April 6 at Kerman.

Before the loss to CVC, Golden West were 3-0, had outscored opponents 15-2 and were coming off back-to-back shutouts against Sunnyside and Woodlake. They’ll host Porterville on Thursday at 6 p.m.

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