Soccer shuts down Live Oak, Willows

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Men’s varsity

On Thursday, Jan. 27, the Winters High School men’s varsity soccer team won their home conference game against Willows High School by a score of 8-0.

The Warriors played an aggressive game and maintained possession of the ball a majority of the game. Noel Gutierrez led the Warriors offensively with two goals, followed by Bryan Angel, Pedro Garcia, Atanacio Garcia, Ricardo Del Toro, Luis Lara and Leonardo Lopez, who each scored one. Pedro and Salvador Torres each had two assists while Esai, Jairo Barajas, Eric Reyes and Gutierrez had one.

Christian Hernandez and Jacob Baker were all over the field and put an immense amount of pressure on Willows with a combined total of ten steals. Sebastian Rodriguez, Jorge Guzman, Esai and Atanacio Garcia also played a great defensive game.

Guillermo Valadez and Nico Correa played in goal and had a combine total of seven saves, resulting in another shut-out for the Warriors.

Women’s varsity

On Tuesday, Jan. 25 the WHS women’s varsity soccer team won their away conference game against Live Oak High School by a score of 2-0.

It was a great game for the Warriors. They were tied with Live Oak at half time but came back out ready to beat one of their toughest opponents.

Samantha Ramirez came out into the second half and scored the first goal of the game with an assist from Alondra Molina. Molina then turned around and scored the second goal of the game with an assist from Karina Echeverria. Winters has not beaten Live Oak since January 2019, so there was a lot of pressure on the Warriors defense to maintain their lead and keep Live Oak from taking shots at the goal.

Makayla Garland played the full game in goal. She was only challenged twice and successfully stopped Live Oaks’ attempt to score, resulting in a shut-out.

Once again the Warriors defensive line, anchored by Isabella Mehl and Anahi Gutierrez in the middle with Joanna Cuevas and Ruby Campos out on the flanks, played an impressive game. While the Warriors have faced multiple teams this season, Live Oak has two of the league’s point leaders and the Mehl, Gutierrez, Cuevas and Campos kept them away from the net.

The women’s varsity soccer team won their second game of the week at home on Thursday, Jan. 27 by a score of 11-1 against Willows.

The Warriors came out fast and strong, scoring two goals within minutes of the starting whistle. The Warriors had already earned a strong lead in the first half of the game with a score of 8-1. Willows scored their only goal of the game on a beautiful shot from outside the 18 yard box.

Pricilia Gonzalez was the first to score with an assist from Molina. Gonzalez then turned around to assist Yarethzy Sanchez in the second goal of the game and McKenna Clifford in the third. Clifford scored another goal for the Warriors off another assist from Molina. Sanchez scored the fifth goal of the game, followed by Anahi Garcia with an assist from Campos. Gonzalez scored another goal for the Warriors off an assist from Bayla Garcia. Alex Duran scored the final goal of the first half off an assist from Echeverria.

The Warriors put three more shots in the net in the second half of the game, bringing the score to 11-1. Ava Skinner scored the first two goals in the second half off assists from Sanchez and Echeverria. Duran then scored the final goal of the game off an assist by Alexia Aceves.

Mikenzie Hapworth-Eldridge played a full game in goal with a total of three saves, one shot on goal and one goal against. This is the first time the Warriors have been scored on since Dec. 10.

Winters is currently first in the Sacramento Valley League, tied for first in Division III and gearing up for another playoff run. The Warriors will play their final game of the season on Thursday, Feb. 10.

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