KINGSBURG — Going on a five-game winning streak is impressive, but outscoring your opponents 17-1 during that stretch is remarkable.
The Kingsburg girls soccer team has been nothing short of dominant this season, as the Vikings are off to a 10-1-1 start with three games left before Central Sequoia League play begins.
After a 2-0 home victory over Reedley on Dec. 13, the girls winning streak ended with a 0-0 tie with Stockdale but had wins over Corcoran (4-0), South (3-0) and Sunnyside (4-2) at a tournament at McLane High School on Dec. 15-16.
Kingsburg hasn’t lost a game since Dec. 1 against a Newport Beach high school, Corona del Mar, in a 2-1 defeat. Despite the success, Vikings’ head coach Scott Hodges doesn’t want his team to focus on its record.
“We really try not to focus on wins and losses, but to stay focused on the system of play and the things that we're implementing,” Hodges said. “The girls have really matured in that way and that is why we really don’t try to get caught up in our record.”
Sophomore Marissa Montelongo and seniors Lindsay Ardavanis and Gianna Alves have been key players for Kingsburg this season, but Hodges said the team's success is not due to a few players but from a total team effort.
“We’re getting contributions from all 21 of our players,” Hodges said. “From a coaching standpoint, I’m really proud of the work effort that the girls are putting in. We’re getting contributions from everybody.”
Montelongo is Kingsburg’s leading scorer with 12 goals. Alves is second with seven, Maci Moron is third with five and Ardavanis has four. Montelongo was the Vikings’ best scorer last year, as she led the team with 27 goals as a freshman.
Last season, Kingsburg won a conference title going 22-6-2 overall including a 10-0 record in CSL play. After becoming league champs, the Vikings went on a playoff run and won the championship in the California Interscholastic Federation Central Section Div. IV playoffs.
Shortly after, Kingsburg’s run ended in the CIF Southern California Regional playoffs with a 1-1 tie to Viewpoint High School in Calabasas after the Vikings lost in a 6-5 shootout.
Hodges said he doesn’t want to look in the past, but his team is ready to work for another potential playoff run this season.
“We try not to do any comparisons between last year and this year,” Hodges said. “The girls after the season last year [wanted to] get started with spring and summer workouts. They were very focused.”
What’s most impressive about the Vikings’ dominance this season has been its defense. The girls have only allowed a total of four goals this season. The team hasn't allowed a score since the loss to Corona del Mar.
If the girls are going to sustain consistently, Hodges points to three things he has his team focus on a daily basis.
“Three of the things that we work on and focus on are giving 100 percent effort, having a positive attitude and being coachable,” Hodges said.
Next up for Kingsburg is a nonleague home game against Tulare Union on Friday, Dec. 22, at 6 p.m. The Vikings will look to improve on its 14-0 record at home dating back to last season.