EASTON - In a double header at John Ventura Stadium, the Selma boys and girls soccer teams both fell to Central Valley Christian in Central Sequoia League action at Washington Union High School on Dec. 11.
It was the first official home for both Selma teams, whom are playing its home games at Washington Union due to planned reconstruction of Staley Stadium later this winter.
The girls game started the night of soccer action, which resulted in a 3-2 loss for the Bears.
Selma dropped to 5-2-1 overall and 0-1 in league play after the loss.
“The loss is our own doing,” Bears head coach Luis Zamora said. “I don’t believe that we got outplayed, I don’t believe that they were a better team than us. I think they were a lot more organized, I thought that they stayed disciplined what they were going to do in the game. I think we caused our own mistakes and that’s how we went down.”
Zamora said his team’s biggest issues they need to address moving forward is “miscommunication” and “winning balls in the air.”
“There’s not a drill that we could do at practice that could have these girls talking on the field,” Zamora said. “We could do stuff at practice and win balls in the air, but when it comes to the game, it’s a little bit different than practice. Players are coming at you full speed trying to win the ball in the air.”
In the first half, the CVC Cavaliers had a 2-0 lead early in the game with both goals coming off of deflected balls from Selma goalkeeper Brianna Portillo.
On both scoring plays, Portillo had a save, but the ball got away from her hands, which allowed two different CVC players have a wide open shot at the net.
Selma freshman forward Mya Rosas scored twice for the Bears to tie the score 2-2 before halftime.
Rosas’ first goal was curved shot that hit the back left side of the net.
“I don’t know I did that,” Rosas said about her curved shot. “It hit [the goalie’s hand] and I was just hoping that I shot it, it would go in and I ended up doing it.”
Rosas’ second goal was hit near the same spot with a few minutes until halftime. Eventually, CVC took an 3-2 lead early in the second half and Rosas’ scoring magic ran out.
“That goal helped the team, but it didn’t make it as much [of a difference later]” Rosas said about her game-tying score.
As for the second game of the night, the Selma boys soccer team dropped its first league game of the season to the Cavaliers in a 3-1 loss.
The Bears came into the season as the reigning CSL champs with a 9-1 league record last year. Currently, Selma’s overall record stands at 6-4-2.
Selma boys head coach Ruben Zamora said CVC “outworked” his team.
“The motto that I started going off is hard work always beats talent,” Ruben Zamora said. “We have a lot of talent, but the hard work is just not there. Our hard ethic hasn’t been there and so we have to pick that up.”
The Bears went into halftime down 2-0 and were later down 3-0 late in the second half.
Selma didn’t get a goal until Jetzael Ortiz got the Bears on the scoreboard late in the game.
With a league loss early in the season, Ruben Zamora is still confident his team could turn it around.
“I think we could come back and win,” Ruben Zamora said. “I think we still have a pretty good chance at league. I know my team, I know the talent we have, It’s just we need to click.”
Both Selma soccer teams last played against league opponent Dinuba on Dec. 17, which was the final game for both squads in December. The season will continue for both teams against CSL-newcomer Hanford West on Jan. 4, 2019.
The Selma boys will host the Huskies at John Ventura Stadium at Washington Union High School while the girls will play at Hanford West.