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Soccer: Two second half goals propel Farmersville to 2-0 win over Woodlake in first game of the season

Soccer: Two second half goals propel Farmersville to 2-0 win over Woodlake in first game of the season

By Patrick Dillon @PDillon_SGN

FARMERSVILLE – It still may be only a couple weeks into the season, but the Aztecs are preparing for a run back to the top of the East Sierra League. In their home opener on Wednesday, Nov. 29, Farmersville defeated the Woodlake Tigers 2-0.

“This game went the way that I thought it would,” said Michael Jordan, head coach of the Farmersville Aztecs. “Anytime we matchup with Woodlake it is going to be a battle. They play with such heart that we know we are in for a fight. That’s why we always play them.”

After neither was able to score in the first half the Farmersville Aztecs (1-2-1) took control of the game early in the second. In the 62nd minute Farmersville senior Juan Solis took the ball up the right hand side. He was able to take the ball down into the corner. From there he sent a crossing shot that found the foot of Oscar Saldana, who redirected the ball in for the goal.

Both teams settled into a back and forth battle after the goal until the Aztecs struck again in the 73rd minute. Francisco Rodriguez went on an attack. With the ball near the middle of the Woodlake (2-3-1) zone he sent a crossing pass into the middle. It was deflected by a Tiger defender back to Salvador Solis along the top of the penalty box. From there he had two choices. Kick it high and possibly miss it or kick it along the ground. Solis chose the second and scored in the bottom left hand corner to make it 2-0.

“It was a good finish,” Jordan said. “We’ve been working on keeping the ball low.”

Then the Aztecs went into defensive mode to try and protect their lead and for good reason too. The Tigers had their chances to get at least one goal back late in the game. Inside two minutes Woodlake’s Dael Villegas lined up for a free kick on the far side of the field deep inside the Aztecs zone. From there he crossed the ball into the middle of the penalty box but was punched out. The rebound came to a Tiger player who kicked it wide right.

“We were really inconstant at times,” Woodlake head coach Jose Palomo said. “We were just trying to get one goal back.”

After Woodlake split games over the weekend with a 3-1 loss to Ontario Christian and a 1-0 win over Central Valley Christian, they hosted the Exeter Monarchs last night. The final of that game happened after press time.

Farmersville went 0-2-1 at the Harold Young Tournament over the weekend. Now they will travel to face rival Exeter in their annual Chuy Cup tonight at 6 pm. Currently the Aztecs are 6-1 in the rivalry.

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