Aztecs-Cardinals battle for Cup
One hundred minutes of soccer wasn’t enough to produce a winner in the first leg of the Champions Cup between Farmersville and Lindsay on Thursday Night, Jan. 17 at Garry L. Meek Stadium.
The two evenly matched teams found scoring opportunities throughout the match but neither could find the net through regulation or in overtime, as they battled to a 0-0 tie.
Goalkeepers Rueben Valencia of Farmersville and Lindsay’s Francisco Ambriz matched each other save for save with each of them turning away breakaways chances in the second half.
The unusually clean game picked up in intensity late in the second half with tie games first yellow card issued in the 70th minute.
“With such a heated rivalry, we knew it would be physical and intense,” Farmersville coach Michael Jordan said. “We look forward to playing them again.”
Farmersville clearly had the majority of the scoring opportunities late in the game but Ambriz made some important saves.
“We just need to shoot better and get better at finishing opponents. We didn’t outplay them but it was a great match,” Jordan said.
As for the Lindsay offense, a Cardinal header off the crossbar and a missed open goal with only seconds remaining led to the similar frustrations.
“It was a good game for us, we just lacked finishing,” Lindsay coach Fode Doumbia said. “Our league schedule is too easy so this is a game we needed. It’s a big rivalry.”
Lindsay is 3-0 in the East Sequoia League while Farmersville is also undefeated in their league – the East Sierra League – with a 2-0 record.
The two teams will meet for the second leg of the Champions Cup in Lindsay on Jan. 24.