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Madera South’s Brianna Velasco sends a free kick down the field during Wednesday’s loss to the Bullard Knights.
The Madera South girls soccer team struggled to slow down Bullard-Fresno, losing 4-0 at home.
The Knights’ attacked often from the opening kick, but their first goal didn’t come until the 25th minute when Zoe Romagnoli scored with a header on a corner kick.
Madera South head coach Ramon Delgadillo said it was mistakes that plagued his team.
“The goal on the corner kick, it was a little mistake,” Delgadillo said. “Instead of flipping the ball out, we let somebody come from behind and beat us to the ball.”
A minute after the first goal, Alaina Valdez fired a shot in front of the goal to make it 2-0.
“That was another mistake,” Delgadillo said. “There was nobody covering the center.”
The Stallions earned a rare opportunity on a free kick early in the second half, but they were unable to get a shot on target. Another chance went to waste for the Stallions when the Knights cleared a loose ball after a scramble in the box.
“If we would have capitalized on one of those opportunities, the game could have changed a little bit,” Delgadillo said.
The Knights made it 3-0 in the 50th minute when Julianna Hernandez converted a shot from the top of the box. Bailey Arreola scored the final goal in the 58th minute when she received a cross from the left wing and scored with a header.
Madera South’s Brianna Maciel took a shot from the top of the box in the 59th minute, but it wasn’t strong enough to threaten the goalkeeper.
The Stallions came up empty again when the Knights cleared a dangerous ball in the 70th minute. With that opportunity gone by, the Stallions suffered a shutout and a loss.
“Bullard is a good team, but it’s hard when there are little mistakes,” Delgadillo said. “Especially on the last two goals, we let them have the kicks rights there.”