The Winters High School men’s soccer team had a jam-packed schedule last week with three back-to-back games against Colusa, Los Molinos and Pierce High Schools. While three back-to-back games and very little practice, due to weather conditions, may have affected some, it didn’t hold the Warriors back at all.
On Tuesday, Jan. 17, the men’s soccer team won their away conference game against Colusa by a score of 3–0 after not playing a game in over a month. Alejandro Murillo, Sebastian Pedraza and Agustin Covarrubias each scored a goal for the Warriors with an assist from Salvador Torres securing their win.
“As a team, we played very well. Our passing was quick and accurate and it was the main factor in us winning the game,” said head coach Fernando Cervantes.
Not only did the Warriors play an impressive offensive game with three goals, but their defensive game was also just as strong. While the team as a whole played well together it was Esai Garcia who led the defensive line and took control of the game.
While the Warriors did maintain possession for a good portion of the game goalkeeper Bryan Angel had four saves, securing the shutout for the Warriors.
The Warriors played again on Thursday, Jan. 19, and won their home conference game against Los Molinos by a score of 2–0.
Sebastian Rodriguez and Pedraza both worked hard and were able to get a ball past Los Molino’s goalkeeper with an assist from Murillo. Noel Gutierrez and Covarrubias also played a great game.
“They both did a great job at maintaining possession of the ball to move it forward and motivating the team,” said Cervantes
Los Molinos didn’t have a lot of opportunities to score but when they did attempt a shot Angel was able to protect the Warriors’ goal and had two saves by the end of the game.
On Friday, Jan. 20, the men’s soccer team won their third and final game of the week against Pierce by a score of 3–1.
Luis Lara, Murillo and Pedraza all scored for the Warriors with an assist from both Gustavo Herrera and Jairo Barajas.
“We did a great job taking shots at the goal and moving the ball upfield. We just need to work on getting it in the net,” said Cervantes.
While Pierce was able to get one ball in the net, the Warriors’ defense put pressure on Pierce and regaining possession of the ball for most of the game. Angel proved his skillset once again as the goalkeeper and ended the game with two saves.