Exeter evens CSL record with win
The Exeter girls soccer team evened their Central Sequoia League record to 1-1 with a 4-1 win at home against Dinuba on Thursday.
After a scoreless 15-minute start, Exeter’s Irene Moreno beat two Dinuba defenders down the left sideline then cut across the middle to put a right-footed shot past the Emperor goalkeeper, putting Exeter ahead 1-0.
With both teams creating scoring chances, the Monarchs’ defense held strong and allowed Vivian Vasquez to increase the Exeter lead to two goals before the end of the first half.
In the second half, Dinuba got on the board to cut the lead in half but the Monarchs responded right away with Katrina Carstens scoring on a volley over the keeper’s head from 35 yards out.
With the Emperors pressing forward in the closing minutes, Moreno took advantage of a worn-down defense and dribbled nearly the length of the field before netting her second goal of the night, giving the leading Lady Moanrchs a comfortable 4-1 lead.
Cenia Delatorre and Kara Bryant split the goalkeeping responsibilities for Exeter. Delatorre started for the Monarchs shutting out the Emperors in the first half, while Bryant helped keep the Monarchs ahead, only allowing one goal in the second half.
With the victory, the Lady Monarchs improved their overall record to 7-6 and 1-1 in the Central Sequoia League. They will continue league play at 6 p.m. today, Jan. 16 in Exeter against Selma and will travel to play the Cavaliers at 6 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 18 at Central Valley Christian in Visalia. The Cavaliers are currently 5-7-2 overall and 2-2 in Central Sequoia League play.