VISALIA - In the nightcap of a doubleheader at Central Valley Christian, the Selma boys soccer team exploded for five goals in the second half enroute to a 7-0 win over the Cavaliers on Jan. 18.
The win avenges a 3-1 loss to CVC on Dec.11, which provided motivation for the Bears heading into the game.
“We knew coming into this game that it wasn’t going to be an easy day,” forward Cesar Sanchez said. “They run all game long and we know that if we took an early lead, the momentum will go up.”
“This is the team that we needed to be since the beginning of the season,” striker Carlos Figueroa said. “It took us a while to realize that, it was totally a wake up call and we needed to change.”
Coming into the game, the Cavaliers were 5-5-2 overall and in second place in the Central Sequoia League at 4-1.
Selma head coach Ruben Zamora said his team performanced to its full potential.
“This is what we’re capable of,” Zamora said. “We known it all season, it just didn’t click. We’re starting to see the changes because we had to change a few things in the game and our formation and I think you could see the difference now.”
Sanchez scored the first goal of the game in the 3rd minute after a ball by Figueroa ricochet off the right post. The ball came toward Sanchez when he was in the right side of the box.
To celebrate his first goal of the season, Sanchez pointed to the coaching staff, who have been eager to see him score all season.
“We just celebration with the coach, he’s been asking for a goal this whole season,” Sanchez said. “Finally we gave it to him, a good way to start the game off.”
Brandon Carrillo added another goal for the Bears in the 7th minute, which would the team’s final score of the first half for Selma.
In the 46th minute, Selma’s five-goal second half started with Figueroa extending Selma’s lead to 3-0 with a 10-yard shot down the middle of the net.
Jean Paul Santos (two goals), Pedro Rangel, Edward Carranza, and Daniel Escobar were responsible for the other four goals in the second half.
Selma improved to 8-5-3 overall and 2-2-1 in CSL play after the win. After a 2-2 draw with Exeter 10 days prior, the Bears needed a victory to stay in the CSL race, which has been competitive, said Zamora.
“Every game is a good test,” Zamora said. “Every game is pushing us to our level. Today, CVC is a team that works hard and now we shown that we could do the same. We work hard and play hard at the same time.”
As of press time, Dinuba currently is atop of the standings with an unbeaten 6-0 record in league. Selma will have a chance to break the Emperors unbeaten streak at Washington Union on Friday.
Before the Bears take on Dinuba, Selma will take part in another doubleheader with the girls team tonight at Kingsburg. The girls game is scheduled for a 4:30 p.m. start time, followed by the boys playing in the nightcap at 6 p.m.
Both games were postponed from its original date of Jan. 16 due to field conditions caused by the recent rainy weather.
The Kingsburg boys team will head into the rivalry matchup at 3-11-1 overall and 0-4 in CSL play.