Boys Soccer: Lindsay shuts out Spartans in final game of the season

Cardinals finish a dominating year with their 10th shutout of the year in 2-0 win against rival Strathmore

STRATHMORE – It wasn’t surprising Lindsay won their final game given their season-long domination. The Cardinals finished an 18-3 season Feb. 8 with their 10th shutout of the year against their rivals, the Strathmore Spartans, with a 2-0 win.

The game was tight around midfield but each time the Spartans were close to a shot on the goal, the Cardinals would scoop up the ball and take it the other way. Despite the shutout and what looked to be another solid performance by Lindsay, the Cardinals coaching staff was less than satisfied.

“That was very frustrating, we had a very ugly game,” Lindsay head coach Tony Godoy said. “If you take those two penalties [away], it was just sloppy on our part.” Godoy said his team plays faster, further from the goal, but if they can be slowed down it can throw off their game.

At halftime, Strathmore head coach Jimmy Madrigal tried to rally his team by telling them to cover the field instead of trying to stay with Lindsay’s players. 

“I told them that in the second half we need to not bite at everything Lindsay does,” Madrigal said. “Let them play with the ball as much as they want and you cover the ground. You watch what they do and make them force a pass.” 

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His words certainly inspired his team to keep it close against their rivals, who have blown out Strathmore in the past, with scores as lopsided as 8-0 and 9-0 in the past, and more recently 8-2 on Jan. 21. 

Godoy made his own adjustments at halftime to make sure his team finished the year with winning momentum heading into the playoffs.

“We weren’t concerned with Strathmore offensively, but I knew they would be more dangerous in the second half, so I put some guys in different spots,” Godoy said. “Our wingers switched just to give it a different look because 40 minutes and no goal was pretty concerning.”

Lindsay is the No. 2 seed in the Division III playoffs and will host No. 15 Edison at 6 p.m. Feb. 16. The Spartans ended their regular season 6-13-1 but their season isn’t over just yet. Strathmore, the fifth seed in the Division VI playoffs, will host No. 12 Wonderful College Prep Academy from Delano at 6 p.m. on Feb. 16. 

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