Coyotes improve to 2-0 with offensive output
Wendy Alexander/The Madera Tribune
Madera’s Jazzel Ruiz weaves her way through Washington Union traffic during Tuesday’s non-league match. Ruiz scored three goals, including one 20 seconds into the match, to lead the Coyotes to a 5-1 victory in Memorial Stadium.
With a 4-0 victory last week over Clovis East and a 5-1 victory over the Washington Union-Easton Panthers this week, the Madera Coyote girls soccer team has given new head coach Cynthia Moreno a great start to her career.
Moreno, who is the first Madera South graduate to be a head coach at Madera, took over for Cameron Hill after seven seasons last year. Moreno, a 2011 MSHS graduate, has been an assistant coach under Hill for the past few years.
“It feels great. It’s exciting. We still have a lot of work to do,” she said.
However, two wins in her first two tries is not a bad start for Moreno.
“There’s a lot of potential,” Moreno said. “I’m more of what can we learn from this. How can we keep growing. We want to keep working and keep building.”
The Coyotes got a hat trick (three goals) from Jazzel Ruiz and two from Emma Schubert for the comfortable victory over the Panthers on Tuesday in memorial Stadium.
“We wanted to maintain possession, keep composure under pressure and not get frantic and force the ball through. Just keeping patient, overall,” Moreno said.
The Coyotes kept their composure and scored 20 seconds into the match. Atiana Piñon got the ball in front to Ruiz. Ruiz beat two defenders to the ball, went to the right and shot to the far post for the goal and a quick 1-0 lead.
It took two minutes for the Coyotes to find the back of the net again. Again, it was Piñon setting up Ruiz for the goal. Piñon got the ball on the left side and crossed it to Ruiz in the middle. Ruiz shot inside the far post for her second goal of the match.
In the 25th minute, Schubert got a through ball on the left in front of the defender. She hit a left-footed shot to the far post for a 3-0 first half lead.
Four minutes later, Ruiz and Adriana Dana played give-and-go for another goal. Ruiz received the ball from Dana in front of the keeper. Ruiz easily touched the ball over the keeper’s head for the goal.
With four minutes left in the first half, Sheyla Posas got the ball in the middle. She pulled the ball back and sent a pass to the left where Schubert one-touched the ball over the keeper for a 5-0 halftime lead.
Moreno was happy with the first half offensive output, but was a little disappointed her team couldn’t find the back of the net in the second half, although there were two that definitely looked like goals, but were not given by the referee.
In the first minute of the second half, Angelina Martinez got the ball in front. She shot on goal but it bounced off the goalkeeper. She hit the rebound shot over the fallen keeper into the back of the net. While the Washington Union goalkeeper was tended to with an injury to her foot, the referee determined a hand ball violation against Martinez and nullified the goal.
In the 13th minute, Mia Roberts took the ball to the end line and pulled it back. She shot at a tough angle to the goal. The goalkeeper jumped on the ball near the end line and seemed to have rolled over the end line with the ball. However, it was ruled that the entire ball didn’t cross the end line, thus no goal was given.
From there, the Coyotes were kept off the scoreboard despite a number of shots taken, but they either went directly at the goalkeeper or over the crossbar.
The Panthers scored in the 19th minute with a pass across the face of the goal over the Madera goalkeeper’s head. The ball hit the back post and bounced off. Washington Union got a foot on the ball before the Coyote defender and hit it to the back of the net for the 5-1 final score.