When the Madera boys soccer team faced San Joaquin Memorial-Fresno in a County/Metro Athletic Conference rematch, another potential loss to the Panthers didn’t even cross the Coyote players’ minds.
While Memorial (11-6-1 overall, 4-2 CMAC) did beat the two-time defending league champ Madera (12-4-5, 3-2-1 CMAC) in a three-goal shutout victory on Jan. 14 in Fresno, that defeat could’ve easily been dismissed by the fact that the Coyotes were missing up to five starters and came in a little overconfident against a Panthers’ team that finished next to last in CMAC play last season.
However, what happened on Thursday night in Memorial Stadium absolutely shocked Madera head coach Chris Baca and his team in a 1-0 loss to the Panthers.
“I’m puzzled and really don’t know what to say,” Baca said. “No disrespect to them, but to lose to them twice is a low point for me as a coach. The first game against them was an anomaly, no excuses about that one, but this one I felt that the better team didn’t win.” ...