The Monarchs extend their winning streak to nine after defeating the Selma Bears 5-0
EXETER – The Monarch girls soccer pulled out another victory against Selma Bears during their home league game on Jan. 6 with a score of 5-0 bringing their record to 9-1-1 before playing the Hanford West Huskies on Wednesday, Jan. 12.
When asked about how this will help the team in future games, Monarch head coach Darin Lasky explained that the team as a whole is, “trying to make a statement in [the] league and let everyone know that [they] are playing well.” The team’s strengths, such as versatility with players and positions, were also put on display throughout the game.
During the first half, the Monarchs made a beeline for the Bears’ goal. Fighting hard after each shot missed, Daya Ramirez made the first goal of the game. This was followed by Marcella Gonzales and Tyler Barrs making one goal each to go up 2-0. In the second half, Selma’s defense was brought to a new level, making it hard for the Monarchs to score. That didn’t stop them because both Monique Ortiz and America Lopez scored a goal.
Selma’s big takeaway from this game was that they need to work on their scoring chances and offense. Moreover, Luis Zamora, head coach of Selma’s girls soccer team, stated that his best players of the night were America Ruiz, Samantha Zarate, and Melina Renteria because they refused to give up all game, even when the match was clearly out of hand. Even with such a lopsided score the Bears still adapted well during the second half.
Exeter’s Kassandra Rita, stated that her reason for playing so well was actually another player, America Lopez. She added that her team’s effort and communication during the game were very good and that she was satisfied with her effort overall. The Exeter team is now ranked as the number one girls soccer team in Central Section Division 4.
After squaring off against the Huskies on the road tonight, the Monarchs’ next home game will be against rival Kingsburg on Jan. 14 at 6 p.m.