Quick goals leads to soccer rout over McLane
Wendy Alexander/The Madera Tribune
Madera South’s Alysa Gillen gets a shot off during Friday’s victory over McLane. Gillen led the Stallions with a pair of goals, including one 33 seconds into the match.
The Madera South Stallions girls soccer team scored a goal 33 seconds into the match and wasn’t challenged the rest of the way in a 4-0 North Yosemite League victory over McLane-Fresno
The Stallions scored three goals in the first half and added another late in the second half Friday at Madera South. They followed that with a 2-0 victory Saturday against Fresno High School.
Freshman Alysa Gillen scored a pair of goals while Delilah Jimenez and Hazel Iniguez added the other two goals in Friday’s win.
“It’s getting them motivated,” head coach Ramon Delgadillo said about getting wins in league. “We were passing the ball much better. That will help a lot. We need to start focusing on how we want to play for playoffs. Scoring will help us.”
The Stallions scored five of their six goals from this weekend from players other than leading scorer Aliah Avila, who Delgadillo is using to get other players an opportunity to step up.
“We’ve been working on getting other players involved. Aliah gets two or three people so we’ve been telling her to pass the ball quickly and it gets the other players involved in scoring. We keep trying to use her to create space.”
However, Avila scored the first goal in Saturday’s win over Fresno while Alexandra Pablo scored the other goal.
Against McLane, the Stallions got the opening kickoff and quickly put a tally on the scoreboard.
On a ball in front, Jimenez headed the ball back to the middle. Gillen controlled the ball and dribbled the ball on goal. The McLane goalkeeper came out and got a touch on the ball. However, Gillen kept control and hit the ball into the open net for a 1-0 lead.
The Stallions added a second goal less than two minutes later. Avila got the ball on the left side and kicked up to the front for Gillen, who took the ball to goal. Gillen’s left-footed shot was blocked by the McLane goalkeeper. However, Jimenez was covering the weak side and slotted the ball into the net for a 2-0 lead just 2:15 into the match.
Madera South had a chance in the fifth minute when Lisania Diaz’s long shot was knocked out of bounds. Off the ensuing corner kick, Jimenez’s high shot on goal was caught.
Seven minutes later, Avila and Jimenez played give-and-go with Avila’s high shot on goal getting blocked out of bounds.
Two minutes later, Avila took the ball to the end line and crossed it for Jimenez, whose shot went off the crossbar.
The Stallions kept the pressure up in the 17th minute when Diaz sent a pass back on the left for Avila. Her shot went off the far post.
Madera South added an insurance goal with about 10 minutes left in the first half. Jimenez sent a long pass in front. Gillen ran under it and headed the ball forward. She got back to the ball and shot high into the back of the net for her second goal of the game and give the Stallions a 3-0 lead.
Madera South had two more chances before the end of the half when Avila’s long shot was high and Gillen’s body shot on goal went to the keeper.
Iniguez provided the only scoring of the second half with her shot just outside the goalkeeper’s box with about three minutes left gave the Stallions a 4-0 victory.