Leading 1-0 against the league-leading Bullard-Fresno Knights, the Madera South girls soccer team was less than a minute away from sending shockwaves throughout not only the County/Metro Athletic Conference but the entire Central Section.
However, it was Bullard (9-7-4 overall, 4-0-2 CMAC) that caught two huge breaks — including one on a questionable officials’ call — that decided Madera South’s fate in a 2-1 overtime CMAC loss on Friday night in Memorial Stadium.
Thanks to a first half goal by senior Yesseniah Delgadillo and an aggressive defense led by junior goalkeeper Jocelyn Salazar, the Stallions were on the verge of upsetting a Div. I Bullard team that came into the match with the Stallions undefeated in league play and hadn’t surrendered a goal in its first five CMAC games.
With the Knights desperately trying to get the game-tying score in the waning moments of regulation, a high kick by Bullard fullback Kristin Thompson that bounced toward Salazar somehow found its way into the goal and left Stallion head coach Patrick Evans and his players stunned while Bullard had new life heading into overtime...