Heading into its latest game, the Madera South boys soccer team was coming off two consecutive overtime ties including an emotional 2-2 match against its cross-town rival Madera.
Two days after tying the County/Metro Athletic Conference leader Coyotes, the Stallions (11-9-4, 1-3-2 CMAC) appeared to be flat Friday night in a 2-0 loss to the Bullard-Fresno Knights (9-9-1, 4-1-1) in Memorial Stadium.
“I think our team was physically and emotionally drained,” Stallion head coach Cristino Armiento said. “They weren’t ready to compete at a high level with one days rest. It would’ve been awesome if we played Madera on Friday and didn’t have to see Bullard until Wednesday but unfortunately that’s what league play does, it tests the limits of your players emotionally and physically.”
Bullard, a Central Section Div. I team, came into the game with the second best record in the conference and was looking complete the season-sweep of Madera South that included a 1-0 home win over the Stallions in the CMAC opener on Jan. 9...