SELMA — Things are looking promising for the Selma girls soccer team after bouncing back with a win over Fowler last week.
After the win, the team lost to Yosemite 3-2 after a 4-1 home loss to Fresno on Dec. 8.
Selma’s start is an improvement from last year’s 1-5-1 start, and head coach Joel Cooley said the difference in his team is adjustment to the speed of the game.
“[They’re] realizing what the expectations are,” Cooley said. “Our speed of the game is really on par of what it needs to be... ultimately the speed of the game from last year to this year has improved.”
In the road game against Fowler, Selma was down 1-0 at halftime but came back and scored two goals on the way to a 2-1 victory.
Cooley is in his second year of coaching at Selma. The team is already at six wins after the Bears went 8-12-1 last season. Four of the six wins have been shutouts.
“I’m happy with our strikers. Our backline is slowly developing and is coming along well,” Cooley said.
With an improved team, Cooley doesn’t question his team’s chances of qualifying for the Central Interscholastic Federation (CIF) Div. III playoffs.
“I think we have the right cast of players in the right spots to do that,” Cooley said. “We’re in a division that’s right in the middle of everybody, so we get a lot of opportunity to play a lot of schools from a lot of different areas.”
After the loss to Fresno, Cooley said the only issue in that game was his team finishing possessions.
“Up until that night, and even in that night, we held the ball well, possessed well and passed well,” Cooley said. “[We] did everything but finish.”
After the 4-1 loss, Cooley said the team has to start consistently converting shots on goals to maintain success.
“I stopped counting at 18 shots, legitimate shots,” he said. “[There were] 18 great opportunities to score and finish the game. We didn’t capitalize on one of them.”
Next up for Selma is a home date with Washington Union on Wednesday, Dec. 20.