It hasn’t been easy to score against the Kingsburg girls soccer team, as the Vikings are on a six-game winning streak and have allowed only six goals this season.
Last week, the Vikings won their sixth straight home game this season against Fresno high school in a 3-0 shutout. It was the final game for Kingsburg before the Vikings started Central Sequoia League play on Tuesday against rival school Selma.
Before the rivalry matchup, Kingsburg went into the game at 13-1-1 overall.
Despite the Vikings’ dominant start, head coach Scott Hodges doesn’t expect the road to a league title to be easy.
“It’s going to be a really competitive league,” Hodges said. “Selma has a great record, Exeter has a really strong team, CVC is always strong...all six of our teams in the CSL are really strong. It really makes us want to step up our game and bring our best every single game.”
Since Dec. 1, Kingsburg has not lost a game and have gone on to have two different six-game winning streaks. In between those stretches, the Vikings tied Stockdale at zero during a tournament at Mclane high school on Dec. 15. After the team’s 2-1 loss on Dec.1 to Corona del Mar high school at Newport Beach, Kingsburg has only allowed three goals since then. Out of the Vikings 13 wins, 11 of them were shutouts.
When it comes to the team’s win-loss record, Hodges said that’s not the team’s focus.
“We don’t talk about our record or wins and losses,” he said. “We’re really focus on one day at a time.”
Even though his team has a great record, Hodges is more proud of the team’s work ethic and chemistry.
“This is a group of 21 players that are all serious, “ he said. “They all show up, they work hard, they all care about each other….and they know every single one of them is important.”
In the game against Fresno, both Marissa Montelongo and Gianna Alves each scored, leaving them tied for the team lead with 14 goals. Alves has scored six goals in the last two games including five against Washington Union on Jan. 3.
Hodges pointed out his team’s unselfish behavior after the win against Fresno.
“We don’t have anybody on this team that’s selfish,” Hodges said. “(They don’t) worry about what they look like or what they’re doing. They just want to do the best that they can for the team.”
Not only has Kingsburg been good offensively, but the Vikings have been dominant defensively, as the girls have outscored their opponents 47-6 this season. Hodges alluded to the team’s chemistry as a reason for the girls’ consistency.
“I think when you get 21 players to buy in to that team mindset, everybody just shines,” Hodges said. “That’s one of the things these girls have bought into that they’re all important and all have a role on the team. It’s a very special group.”
After Tuesday’s game against Selma, Kingsburg will face off against Exeter on the road on Thursday Dec. 11. The Vikings defeated Exeter three times last season including last year’s semifinal 4-0 victory in the California Interscholastic Federation Central Section Div. IV playoffs.
Note: Story does not include Kingsburg/Selma result since story was submitted on Jan.8 before the schools played each other on Jan. 9.