Soccer dominates first round playoffs

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Women’s varsity
On Thursday, Feb. 17, the Winters High School women’s varsity soccer team dominated their home playoff game against Anderson High School by a score of 5-0.

McKenna Carrion-Clifford led the Warriors offensively with two goals and one assist. Ava Skinner, Alondra Molina and Yarethzy Sanchez also added to the Warriors victory with one goal each.

In addition to their goals, Sanchez and Molina also contributed to the score with one assist each. Riley Cramer and Joanna Cuevas also got an assist against Anderson.

The Warriors once again ended the game in a shutout which has been a recurring result throughout the season, largely due to the strong defense that Winters has built.

Anahi Gutierrez played an extremely aggressive game, with six steals, stopping Anderson every chance she got. Isabella Mehl, Samantha Ramirez, Ruby Campos and Karina Echeverria followed her lead closely with four steals each. Molina also played an impressive defensive game with three steals and did a great job gaining control on the field.

Mikenzie Hapworth-Eldridge and Makayla Garland stood their ground at goal with a combined total of four saves.

The women’s varsity team will play against Williams High School in their second round of playoffs on Tuesday, Feb. 22 at Shirley Rominger. They will then advance to Championships on Saturday, Feb. 26 against University Preparatory School (U-Prep) out of Redding.

Men’s varsity
On Thursday, Feb. 17, The WHS men’s varsity soccer team won the home playoff game against Pierce High School by a score of 3-1.

It was a great game for the Warriors but there was definitely one player that was determined to walk away with a victory. Pedro Garcia continuously put pressure on Pierce, taking nine shots during the game and landing three goals. One of his goals was earned completely on his own while he received an assist from Salvador Torres and Ricardo Del Toro on the other two.

While Pierce was able to get one shot in on the Warriors, Christian Hernandez played an aggressive defensive game with 11 steals. Esai Garcia, Agustin Covarrubias and Jacob Baker also played amazing defensive games, helping Winters win possession of the ball consistently throughout the game.

Jancarlo Torres and Guillermo Valadez split goal time for the Warriors and had six saves combined.

The Warriors will face U-Prep on Tuesday, Feb. 22 before heading off to the Championships.

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