Boys Soccer: Cardinals back on top of ESL

Lindsay wins league for first time since 2017-2018

LINDSAY – Over the last decade, Lindsay has breezed through the East Sequoia League (ESL). For several years the Cardinals have flown high above the competition but fellow teams began to catch up. But after a strong 2021 season, Lindsay is back on top as league champions for the first time since 2017-2018.

After Monday’s 5-0 win over Farmersville, Lindsay improved to a 10-1 league record which clinched the ESL title. It was fitting that they clinched the championship against the Aztecs who were last year’s league champs. Farmersville was off to another strong start this year and were on track to compete for a repeat, but faced major adversity a few weeks ago. They were forced to forfeit three league games in a row due to lack of players as a result of injuries, ineligible players, and players having to quarantine after being exposed to COVID-19. The three forfeits ultimately destroyed their chance of a repeat as the league’s top team.

Despite the forfeits, Farmersville still suffered their first league loss at the hands of the Cardinals. Lindsay’s league championship was well earned as they have dominated on both sides of the ball. They’ve scored 78 goals in 17 games which ranks them in the top two in the Central Section. They are led by two seniors, Emiliano Corona and Jorge Quintero, who are in the top 10 of goal scorers in the section.

Lindsay head coach Tony Godoy appreciates how competitive the ESL is now and he proved to be right in his preseason prediction that the league title would come down to his team, Farmersville and Granite Hills.

“It’s really fun, seeing the scores and how everybody does against everybody else. The last three years it’s been super competitive, coming down to the last game of the season,” Godoy said.

With the league championship secured, the Cardinals turn their sights on returning back to the Valley Championship for the first time since their 2017 victory. They’re dealing with a slew of injuries and can’t afford any more, but Godoy deems this season to be a disappointment if they aren’t one of the last two teams standing in the Division IV Central Section.

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