Tulare Union girls soccer shuts out Granite Hills

Tulare Union’s Victoria Souza fights for the ball against Granite Hills. With their win over the Grizzlies, the Tribe improved to 2-4 on the year. (Kason Clark)

The Tribe wins 5-0 on the road against the Grizzlies; Summer Miller scores two goals in the victory for Tulare Union

PORTERVILLE – While everyone else was preparing themselves for Thanksgiving, Tulare Union and Granite Hills girls soccer faced each other this past Wednesday, Nov. 22, before their holiday break.

On the road, it was the Tribe who got the much-needed win as they shut out the Grizzlies, 5-0. With their struggles to start the year, Tulare Union head coach Tony Fernandes was happy to see his young team walk away with the victory. 

“It was good for the girls to have this win,” Fernandes said. “We were 1-4 starting out this year and not doing very good so this is a real confidence booster.”

Needing a win, the Tribe struck first with a goal from Summer Miller early in the game. But through the rest of the half, both teams failed to score as the Tribe took their slim lead into halftime. While the offense only had one goal so far, the Tribe’s defense picked up the slack.

“The defense did really well tonight. They were able to control the pressure that they put on us,” Fernandes said. “They’re a physical team so overall, the defense was not too bad.”

In the second half, the Tribe continued to control the game. Early in the half, Bria Limas knocked in a goal to extend the lead to 2-0. Meanwhile, the Grizzlies could not get into a rhythm as the Tribe controlled the ball throughout the night.

“We were knocking the ball around pretty well,” Fernandes said about the Tribe’s ball control. “But we still have a lot of work to do with a lot of wild passes and stuff like that.”

Late in the game, Miller scored her second goal of the night to push the lead to 3-0. Looking to put the exclamation point on the victory, Emily Correia and Chelsea Hernandez scored another two goals for the Tribe to make the final score 5-0.

With their shutout loss, the Grizzlies fell to 1-4 on the year and have now lost three straight matches. While it was another loss, Granite Hills head coach Jesus Martinez hopes his players remember that they were only down to the Tribe, 1-0, at halftime. If they can play like they did in the first half of this match, Martinez believes the Grizzlies are capable of competing.

“We just have to learn how to stay focused for all 80 minutes. We can’t forget that it’s not only a first-half game,” Martinez said. “We just have to learn how to finish the game and stay focused the whole game and not give up when we get tired.”

The Tribe now have the Thanksgiving break before returning to their season. As they head further into their year, Fernandes hopes that this win over the Grizzlies will give them some momentum.

“This one’s big going into the break,” Fernandes said. “We’ll see how we do coming out of the break but this was a really good booster for the girls to get this win under their belt.”

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