Though the Madera South girls’ soccer team outshot Edison-Fresno 26-6, the Stallions just couldn’t find the back of the net in 110 minutes of play in a match decided in penalty kicks.
The No. 11 Tigers converted four of those kicks while the No. 6 Stallions only made two Wednesday evening as they suffered a stunning 1-0 (PK) loss in the first round of the C.I.F. Central Section Division II playoffs at Memorial Stadium.
It was clearly a disappointing end to the season as the three-time defending North Yosemite League champion Stallions (12-8-1) came into the match with a stellar defense that posted 13 regular season shutouts and was primed for a championship run.
“It was an unacceptable loss,” said Madera South second-year head coach Pat Evans. “This team was far too good for it to end like this. It goes back to an old maxim, ‘Don’t let an inferior team hang around’ and we let them. As a collective team, Edison didn’t have our technical (skills) or our fitness.” ...