Exeter loses close game to Edison
Exeter’s inexperience in close games cost them their first half lead against Edison
By Patrick Dillon @PDillon_SGN
FRESNO – The youth of the Exeter Monarchs hasn’t stopped them from filling their non-league schedule with high division teams. Last Thursday the inexperience in close games cost the Monarchs as they fell 3-1 to the Edison Tigers.
“We held our own for as young as we are,” Exeter head coach Darin Lasky said.
The Tigers (1-1) returned a strong squad fresh off a deep Division II playoff run in 2017. Yet, despite being overmatched in experience the Monarchs (1-1) did more than hold their own in the first half. In fact, they prevented a couple early scoring chances by the Tigers until they were able to get one of their own.
The Monarchs were fouled just outside the Tigers’ penalty box halfway through the first half. It resulted in a direct kick for the Monarchs which Lexe Cortez took and buried in the goal to make it 1-0.
Lasky is expecting a lot from his four-year varsity starter this season being that she is one of the few players with experience against high caliber teams.
“She is leading the charge with the girls so far this season,” Lasky said.
The second half told a much different story. The Tigers adjusted in the locker room and were able to capitalize. The tying goal came in the fifteenth minute. Then the game winner happened 12 minutes later.
“We didn’t get out played athletically,” Lasky said. “We got out played because of experience.”
Frustration began to set in for the inexperienced Monarchs and it resulted in an unnecessary foul outside their own penalty box. The Tigers took advantage of the opportunity and mimicked the Monarchs goal by burring it in the net for their third goal of the half
Lasky hopes that by scheduling all Division II opponents during non-league play his Division IV squad will be better prepared for Central Sequoia League play and the postseason.
“We’ve got to up our game if we are wanting to compete at a higher level,” Lasky said. “It is really good for the girls to see this type of competition.”
The road only gets tougher this week. Exeter returns home to face an undefeated Tulare Union Tribe squad at 6 p.m. The Tribe have outscored their three opponents by a combined score of 13-2.