Stallions get much-needed soccer win
Wendy Alexander/The Madera Tribune
Madera South’s Christopher Zavala, right, celebrates with Julian Flores after Zavala scored a goal in Wednesday’s 3-0 victory over Sanger West.
The Madera South Stallions boys soccer team got a much-needed victory against the Sanger West Hornets to break a two-match North Yosemite League losing streak.
The Stallions got goals from Julian Flores, Luis Flores and Christopher Zavala to cruise to a 3-0 victory Wednesday at Madera South.
“It’s nice to get a win,” head coach Enrique Garcia said. “We only beat them 1-0 with a last minute goal the last time we played them. We knew they were going to be a strong team. Today, they didn’t have the players. They had players that were injured. It gave us a boost to put the right foot forward.”
The Stallions lost a tough match to league-leader Sunnyside-Fresno on Friday and returned the next day in a 1-0 loss to Fresno with some players banged up.
They were able to return Wednesday and get a win during its only match of the week.
“We’ve been in that situation with players injured,” Garcia said. “They played respectful towards us to the end. We tip our hats to them, but the win gives us some momentum in the right direction.”
With three losses, Garcia is pretty sure any shot at an NYL title is gone. However, his team will be working to get wins to help its seeding in the Central Section playoffs.
“We know league is done,” Garcia said. “Losing three games, there’s no way for us to win league. Now, it’s about what we can do for our rankings going into playoffs. We want to be in the right mindset for the playoffs. Tonight was a good night to rest players. It helped out to rest players that have been playing 80 minutes for 15 games straight.”