By Patrick Dillon @PDillon_SGN
FARMERSVILLE – On Thursday, Jan. 3, Farmersville head coach Michael Jordan wanted his team to get off to a strong start in the new year before they resumed East Sequoia League play this week which is why he scheduled two back-to-back games. Jordan was pleased to see the rust from the break had no effect when the Aztecs defeated the Kingsburg Vikings 7-2.
“We came out strong and were able to finish some early opportunities in this one,” Jordan said.
Three of Farmersville’s (12-6, 2-1) early opportunities were finished by Jose Solis. By the 13th minute Solis had recorded his first hat trick of his high school career. A feat not normally accomplished by freshmen.
“Solis is just one of those players who out works everyone,” Jordan said. “I was very happy to see him have a such a big game.”
In the 8th minute Solis sprinted into the middle of the penalty box and finished a slow-moving ball in the lower left corner of the net after a Kingsburg (3-8-1, 0-1) defender failed to clear the penalty box.
Solis struck again in the 11th minute when he finished a Farmersville along the goal line, and his last goal in the 13th minute came on a blistering shot from the middle of the penalty of the box.
Farmersville scored again 22nd minute which made the halftime score 4-0.
Jordan substituted some starters to begin the second half to give his bench players some playing time with such a commanding lead. However, his plan backfired and their lead was cut in half after Kingsburg scored two quick goals.
“I think we all learned something in the second half,” Jordan said. “I must do a better job of preparing my bench players.”
Once Jordan returned most of his starters the Aztecs began to dominate once again and scored three more goals after that.
Solis outdid Farmersville’s leading scorer Felix Zarate, who matter a fact is another freshman. Zarate finished the game with two goals.
Farmersville’s Raul Carmona and Francisco Rodriguez scored one goal each as well.
The Aztecs gained another win on Friday, Jan. 4, when the Laton Mustangs forfeited their match. The score results as 1-0.
Farmersville getting their biggest win of the season against an upper division opponent is a good size as they prepare to return to East Sequoia League play. Farmersville faced the Strathmore Spartans on Tuesday, Jan. 8. Results were reached after press time.
Farmersville’s real test comes on Thursday, Jan. 10, as they host the Lindsay Cardinals at 6 p.m. This will be the first time both teams have met as members of the same league. The Champions Cup, the annual rivalry between the two schools, will also be on the line.
Lindsay is riding a seven-game winning streak entering the rivalry game—a streak Jordan hopes his Aztecs will be able to snap.
“We know how tough Lindsay is,” Jordan said. “I have nothing but respect for this league.”