Monarchs lose back to back to Cavaliers
By Patrick Dillon
visalia – Ever since the addition of Central Valley Christian Cavaliers (11-6; 8-2) to the Central Sequoia League (CSL) in 2007 the Exeter Monarchs (11-5-2; 5-4-1) are winless at 0-19-2. That streak continues as the Monarchs and the Cavaliers faced each other on consecutive nights to wrap up the regular season. It took overtime to decide their game on Friday, Feb. 10, but two goals by CVC in the first overtime decided the outcome 3-1 (OT). Being able to force overtime was a huge improvement over the 1-0 loss suffered on Thursday, Feb. 9.
“We have overcome a lot this season,” said Exeter head coach Darin Lasky. “We just have to keep on pushing.”
Something that the Monarchs improved on during their second game was their first touch on the ball. That touch allowed the Monarchs to attack the CVC zone during the second half and score to tie up the game.
During an attack in the overtime period a shot from outside the penalty box by a CVC striker blazed passed the Monarchs Keeper Taylor Hornburg. That goal by CVC meant that the Monarchs had to move everyone forward in order to score.
Consequently, that strategy back fired as CVC was able to get a counter attack going and set up a corner kick. The Cavaliers turned that opportunity into a goal which put away the Monarchs
Able to get enough first touches to force the game into overtime was much improved over Thursday night’s game where the Cavaliers always seemed to be one step ahead of the Monarchs.
“Soccer is a game of touch and when you don’t have good touch you are not going to have a good game,” said coach Lasky. “We did not have good touch tonight.”
That was why CVC was able to force ten corner kicks over the course of the game. On their second corner just minutes into the game the ball found a Cavalier attacker, who redirected it passed Hornburg, to go ahead 1-0.
In spite of the early goal the Monarchs tried to make adjustments during halftime and throughout the game. Mainly in personal due to them still battling injuries and trying to figure out where a player fits best during any particular game.
Those adjustments presented the Monarchs with chances to score especially when Charlie Dow from about 30 yards away fried a shot from a set piece. The CVC Keeper had to come all the way across the net in order to make the save.
The two losses to the Cavilers came just a couple days after the Monarchs defeated the Selma Bears 4-2.
Still with a third place finish in the CSL the Monarchs will be entering the D-IV playoffs as healthy as they have been all season long. Exeter was given the number five seed and played Sierra High School (5-14-3; 2-6-2) last night, Feb. 14. Final of that game happened after press time.
If the Monarchs won, they will face off against the number four team in the Wasco Tigers (14-4-1; 6-3-1) out of the South Sequoia League (SSL) or the number thirteen seed in the Roosevelt Rough Riders (4-13-1; 1-7) from the North Yosemite League (NYL)