SELMA — The Kingsburg girls soccer team continues its dominant season and won its 12th-straight game after defeating rival Selma on Jan. 25.
The final score was 4-1 and Kingsburg improved to 19-1-1 overall and 6-0 in Central Sequoia League play. The Vikings swept the season series over Selma. Vikings head coach Scott Hodges said the focus won’t be on the team’s win total but will be on Exeter because that’s the next game.
“They’re a very tough team,” Hodges said about Exeter. “They’re well skilled, well coached and they play hard.”
Currently, Kingsburg is in first place in the CSL standings with a 6-0 record and the Monarchs are behind the Vikings at 5-1 in league. A win for Kingsburg could further push the team to a CSL title.
On Jan. 11, the Vikings defeated Exeter 1-0 on the road. Kingsburg will host the Monarchs on Wednesday, Jan. 31.
“We’re excited about Wednesday,” Hodges said. “The girls will be working hard to get ready for that game.”
In the Selma game, Kingsburg got scores from Marissa Montelongo, Lindsay Ardavanis and Gianna Alves. Montelongo scored twice giving her a team high 21 goals this season. Ardavanis and Alves each had one goal. Alves is second on the team with 17 goals, and Ardavanis is third with nine scores.
The Vikings got off to a fast in the first half leading 3-1 over Selma. Montelongo scored her two goals in the second and third minute of play. Alves had the assist on both scoring plays. Ardavanis’ goal came in the 32nd minute with an assist by Montelongo.
Irene Zamora of the Bears scored the lone goal for Selma in the 17th minute of play.
Alves’ goal occurred in the 61st minute, and Kylee Silva had the assist on the scoring drive.
Zamora’s goal was the first time Kingsburg was scored on in CSL play this season and the first since Dec. 16.
Bears’ head coach Joel Cooley said the team played hesitant in the beginning of the first half but moved the ball shortly after.
“Once we got passed that we played really well,” Cooley said. “We started playing a little more physical, we made a little more contact.”
Cooley said once the girls are able to finish on the final third of the field, they’ll be on their way to be a complete team.
Currently, the Bears are 10-7 overall and 3-3 in league play. With four games remaining in the season, Selma is on the verge of a playoff berth and Cooley said the losses to Kingsburg are helpful to see what the Bears need to improve on.
“Playing teams like Kingsburg shows us what we need to work on to be a contender in the playoffs,” he said. “They’re really good, very well disciplined and have a really good backline…so they give you an opportunity to see where you are.”
The next four games for Selma will determine if the Bears will qualify for the playoffs and what seed they will get depending on how the team finishes.
If Selma wins out, Cooley hopes the girls get to host a playoff game.
“We’ve had an up and down kind of season, so I’m not expecting the CIF to put us really high,” he said. “If we finished out [good], we should be able to get a home game in the first round and that would be extremely beneficial to us.”
Next up for the Bears is a road game against Immanuel on Wednesday, Jan. 31. The girls defeated the Eagles 5-0 in the first meeting between the two squads on Jan. 11. Selma will then play at home against Central Valley Christian two days later.