Monarchs are unable to regain Chuy Cup bragging rights as Farmersville wins 6-1 at Monarch Stadium
EXETER – It was a harsh loss last Thursday as Exeter was forced to way the annual Chuy Cup match slip through their fingers yet again. The team has yet to win back the Chuy Cup since 2016, but this year’s game was particularly brutal after being trounced 6-1 by the Farmersville Aztecs at home.
While the Aztecs won bragging rights, last Thursday, Dec. 9, this trophy is about more than that. The trophy cup which has “Chuy” engraved into it is in honor of Jesus “Chuy” Banuelos. “Coach B” as Chuy was known, was a teacher and boys soccer coach at both Exeter and Farmersville nonetheless leaving lasting influences on both the communities in a positive way following his passing. Exeter Monarchs’ head coach Pete Renteria says, “This game is about Chuy’s name, not who the victor is.”
The whole match was virtually a battle of tug of war that had Exeter’s home audience, supporting their players, calling out the referees and even the coach.
Though Thursday’s game wasn’t just about the audience, the ball was regularly in play on each team’s side of the field. Exeter’s goalie, Tyler Mansker, impressed the crowd and team in the first half. He had three saves and ended the game with a total of five.
When asked how he managed to save so many shots on goal, Tyler said, “it’s all part of the job.” Unfortunately it wasn’t enough as Farmersville put six shots through the net for the win.
Another key player, Juan Chavez, scored the Monarch’s first and only goal, but in spectacular style with a header following a corner kick during the second half. Hugo Rivas, though while he wasn’t scoring or saving goals, he received adamant praise from the audience for his tough style of play. Nearing the end of the second half, Farmersville was already leading the victory, though Exeter held strong with Hugo making a final shot on goal ultimately missing.
While a devastating mark to Exeter’s soccer season so far and Farmersville earning their bragging rights, the Monarchs left their impression in previous years and this year again when the Aztec’s head coach, Michael Jordan says, “When we fight Exeter, we know we are in for a battle” and further stating, “Exeter gives a hard clash.”
Nonetheless, from this experience, the Monarchs have learned and will only improve. Their next best opportunity to notch their first win of the season was last night, Tuesday, Dec. 14, against the Immanuel Eagles.