On Thursday, Jan. 6, the Winters girls varsity soccer team won their away conference game against Hamilton High School by a score of 4-0.
Away games always require some adjustments and flexibility, and the game against Hamilton was no exception. The Warriors were playing on a much smaller field than they are used to and implemented superior sportsmanship and grace, due to their being only one referee.
Joanna Cuevas, a senior, scored her first goal of her high school career off an assist from Alondra Molina. Yarethzy Sanchez scored the second goal in the first half with assists from Ava Skinner and McKenna Clifford. Pricilia Gonzalez took charge in the second half of the game, scoring both goals in with assists from Sanchez and Molina.
“We played the majority of the game in the attacking half of the field and the defense only allowed one shot on goal,” said head coach Kim Olivas.
Karina Echeverria led the team with six steals, followed closely by Isabella Mehl and Anahi Gutierrez who each had five steals. Cuevas and Ruby Campos also played excellent defensive games for the Warriors with three steals each.
The Winters women’s varsity soccer team will begin their league games this week.
On Thursday, Jan. 6 the Winters men’s varsity soccer team won their away non-conference game against Hamilton 2-1.
Hamilton was a very tough competitor and the Warriors fought hard for their win. Agustin Covarrubias gave Winters the momentum they needed with the first goal of the game. Eric Reyes scored the second goal for the Warriors, winning the game.
“Most of the game was played mid-field,” said head coach Fernando Cervantes.
Jacob Baker, Esai Garcia, Noel Gutierrez and Covarrubias were players who stood out offensively.
“These four players were constantly moving and working hard to keep possession of the ball,” Cervantes said.
When Hamilton occasionally found a gap and got through Winters mid-field line up of Pedro Garcia and Christian Hernandez, goalie Jancarlo Torres did a great job at clearing the ball and getting it back to the Warriors offensive side.
“Overall, the guys played a great game. The whole team did a great job communicating and being proactive in getting to the ball,” said Cervantes.
The men’s varsity soccer team will play their first league game against Willows High School this week.