Madera dominates on Senior Night
Wendy Alexander/The Madera Tribune
Madera’s Adela Alvarez sends a corner kick on goal during Friday’s match with San Joaquin Memorial. She scored a pair of goals in the 6-0 victory.
The Madera Coyotes girls soccer team cruised to a 6-0 win against San Joaquin Memorial-Fresno on senior night.
Senior Adela Alvarez opened the scoring in the ninth minute when she received a pass from Jazzell Ruiz and dribbled past a couple of defenders before beating the keeper.
Alvarez finished with two goals on an emotional senior night on Friday.
“It is emotional because I have been playing soccer my whole life, especially with the girls I have been playing with for most of my life,” she said.
The Coyotes had a chance to add to their lead in the 14th minute, but came up short on two consecutive corner kicks.
San Joaquin Memorial came close to scoring its first goal in the 20th minute, getting a chance to capitalize on a counter-attack opportunity after the Coyotes missed a corner kick. The Panthers, however, were unable to put the ball on target while attempting a shot from close range on the counter.
Shortly after San Joaquin Memorial came up empty on a corner kick, Madera’s Mia Roberts found the back of the net in the 35th minute to make it 2-0.
After taking a 2-0 lead into the break, the Coyotes tried to extend the gap early in the second half. Madera, however, missed three shots from close range within the first three minutes of the second half. The Coyotes scored their third goal when Jazzell Ruiz converted a free kick opportunity in the 47th minute.
Madera continued to grow its lead in the 63rd minute with a goal from Atiana Pinon. Pinon also assisted on the next goal as Emma Schubert found the back of the net. Alvarez capped the night with her second goal of the game in the 67th minute.
It was just the kind of performance Alvarez and her teammates wanted to see on senior night.
“Just knowing that this is our last season game, we all wanted to give it everything we have,” Alvarez said. “All of us playing together for a long time, we all just have that chemistry. We all just found each other on the field today.”
As a senior, Alvarez said she feels respect from all of her teammates and she also respects them back.
“Trying to make it important to win the game, not just for myself, but for all of them,” the senior said. “We’re all trying to make it to the playoffs and finish strong.”