Stallions disjointed in loss to SJM

The San Joaquin Memorial-Fresno Panthers scored a goal in the 17th minute and the Madera South Stallions girls soccer team couldn’t push across the equalizer in a County/Metro Athletic Conference match in Stallions Stadium.


“San Joaquin Memorial had an opportunity to score and they did,” head coach Ramon Delgadillo said. “Then, they settled down on the back. We dominated sloppy, but we couldn’t get a goal.”


The Panthers made their lone goal stand for the next 63 minutes for a 1-0 victory Friday.


“We were completely off,” Delgadillo said. “We weren’t controlling the ball. It was one of those days.”


The Stallions tried to maintain an offensive attack. However, they had problems with possessions and seemed a little bit off.


“I don’t know if it was because we haven’t played together for about a month,” Delgadillo said. “I think our passes were off. We did create some opportunities, but that was about it. We have two tough games coming up. Hopefully, we can adjust things we need to adjust.”


Aliah Avila had the first chance on goal with a free kick from about 25 yards out in the fifth minute, but her shot went to the keeper in the middle.


Avila had another chance in the 13th minute. She got the ball on the left, but her left-footed shot was stopped by the Memorial goalkeeper.


On the counter, Madera South goalkeeper Melani Rinder came out quick on a free kick shot on goal.


However, the Panthers got a through ball on the right in the 17th minute. The Panthers got in front of a defender and beat Rinder coming out with a shot inside the far post.


Unfortunately for the Stallions, they didn’t get a quality shot on goal until the final minute of the first half when Brianna Velasco’s corner kick was cleared out.


In the second half, Aliah Herrera sent a corner kick to the middle. Brianna Maciel settled the ball and shot on goal. The ball was deflected out of bounds. On the ensuing corner, Herrera’s pass went to Maciel. Her header went over the crossbar.


Four minutes later, the Panthers got the ball on the left and made an angle shot on goal, but Rinder made the save. The Panthers came back with a free kick from about 20 yards out, but shot over the crossbar.


The Stallions had one more chance midway though the second half. Maciel got the ball by a defender. The Panthers’ keeper came out and Maciel sent a shot on goal, but it hit off the right post.


On a free kick from about 20 yards out on the right, Herrera sent a ball to the front that was cleared out for Madera South’s last solid chance on goal.

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