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Women’s varsity
On Thursday, Feb. 10, the Winters High School women’s varsity soccer team lost their last home conference game against Live Oak High School by a score of 2-1.

Live Oak is one of Winters’ toughest competitors, and it was an extremely well payed, close game. Live Oak scored a goal very early on in the game and was awarded a penalty kick on a light contact foul in the box. Makayla Garland, the Warriors goalkeeper, made the proper read, but couldn’t quite stretch out enough to save it.

McKenna Clifford tried to catch up and close the gap scoring a goal off of an assist from Ava Skinner.

“We made minimal substitutions as this game was to win the league outright,” said head coach Kim Olivas.

While the women’s varsity team didn’t win the league they ended up tied for first place with Live Oak, taking second seed in the division three playoffs behind University Prep out of Redding.

The Warriors will go into their game this Thursday, Feb.17 with the intention to win against Anderson Union High School District and make it to the Championships.

Men’s varsity
On Tuesday, Feb. 8 the WHS men’s varsity soccer team won their home conference game against Los Molinos High School by a score of 1-0.

While Los Molinos put up a valiant effort, the Warriors dominated the game and were able to keep possession of the ball for a majority of the game.

Pedro Garcia scored the only goal of the game off of an assist from Christian Hernandez.

Hernandez and Javier Bermudez both stood out defensively; they both played an aggressive game and took advantage of every opportunity to attack the ball and get it back to the midfielders and forwards.

The men’s varsity team played their second game of the week at home against Live Oak, which ended with a tied score of 1-1.

Pedro Garcia scored very early on in the game with a very long shot in the first half of the game.

The Warriors faced many obstacles during their play time against Live Oak, but Jacob Baker remained persistent and did a great job, recovering any attempts Live Oak made to move the ball up field and excelled at controlling the midfield line.

“I am very proud of how the guys were able to refocus and maintain good sportsmanship after two really hard calls,” said head coach Fernando Cervantes.

During the game the Warriors were issued two cards, one of which resulted in a Live Oak goal off a penalty kick with about five minutes left in the game.

Guillermo Valadez had two saves in goal during the first half of the game, while Live Oak did get a penalty kick in on Jancarlo Torres with only minutes left bringing the score to a tie.

While a tie isn’t what the Warriors were hoping for, they still won first in league and will play Pierce on Thursday, Feb. 17, during their playoffs, before moving on to the Semi-Championships and then
Championships.

There is a gate fee to attend these games, but both teams are excited to have the opportunity to play at home for their playoff games and appreciate all the support and encouragement the community offers.

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