Warriors soccer shuts down Pierce

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It was a great day to be a Warrior with both the men’s and women’s varsity soccer teams shutting out the opponents.

Women’s soccer
On Thursday, Jan. 13, the Winters High School women’s varsity soccer team won their home conference game against Pierce High School by a score of 7-0.

The perfect game conditions and required number of referees allowed the Warriors to really put their best effort forward.

“We maintained possession of the ball throughout most of the game,” said head coach Kim Olivas.

Ava Skinner scored the first goal with an assist from Yarethzy Sanchez. Sanchez then scored the next two goals assisted by Ruby Campos and McKenna Clifford. During the second half of the game Samantha Ramirez came in to play and quickly scored three back-to-back goals with two assists by Sanchez. Alexandria Duran scored the final game winning goal with an assist from Alondra Molina to shut out the Bears.

While the Warrior offense did their job with getting scores in, the Warrior defense also played an exceptional game.

During the first half of the game, goalkeeper Makayla Garland was never challenged and only had to contribute two goal kicks. Then, during the second half of the game the Warriors only allowed the Bears one shot, which Mikenzie Hapworth-Eldridge grabbed to deny a goal.

Playing stingy defense and leading in steals was Karina Echeverria followed by Anahi Gutierrez and Ramirez who had four. Isabella Mehl, Molina, Campos, Alexia Aceves and Bayla Garcia each had two takeaways and Esmerelda Mora had one steal.

While all the starters had an amazing game, the leading score allowed the coaches to ensure that everyone got a significant amount of playing time.

Men’s soccer
On Thursday, Jan. 13 the WHS men’s varsity soccer team won their home conference game against Pierce by a score of 3-0.

Christian Hernandez, Noel Gutierrez and Leonardo Lopez all played excellent offensive games, each scoring a goal for the Warriors with assists from Javier Bermudez, Atanacio Garcia and Agustin Covarrubias.

The Warriors also played a great defensive game. Goalkeeper Jancarlo Torres had five saves in the goal while Nico Correa had one, shutting down Pierce in their attempts to get a score in.

Esai Garcia and Atanacio lead the Warriors defensively with eight steals each, followed closely by Hernandez and Bermudez who had seven steals each. Sebastian Rodriguez, a freshman, had five steals and Pedro Garcia had four steals.

The Warriors once again played very well as a team and worked together to bring about the final score. They were taking shots at the goal and remained in possession of the ball for a good portion of the game.

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