KINGSBURG - Coming into the game, both Selma and Kingsburg girls soccer teams were on winning streaks, but the Vikings wasted no time in extending theirs as they defeated the Bears 6-0 at home on Jan. 15.
With wins over Dinuba and CVC last week, Kingsburg moves to 17-1-1 and 4-0 in Central Sequoia League play. The girls defeated Dinuba 4-0 and CVC 2-0.
Currently, the Vikings have won 10 straight games and have won 14 consecutive league matchups dating back to last season.
As for the Bears, they’re at 9-6 and 2-2 in CSL play after defeating CVC 4-1 and losing to Exeter 1-0 last week.
Kingsburg head coach Scott Hodges had nothing but good things to say about the Selma squad.
“Selma is tough,” Hodges said. “They have a lot of really good ball control players, really strong players and they’re well coached.”
“We definitely didn’t take them lightly going into this game. We definitely won’t be taking them lightly going into the next game.”
Kingsburg got off to a fast start as sophomore forward Marissa Montelongo scored her 16th goal of the season in the fourth minute to put the Vikings up 1-0. Montelongo scored twice against Dinuba two days later which has her total to a team-leading 18 goals.
At halftime, the Vikings lead 2-0 with Lindsay Ardavanis scoring one of her two goals of the game in the 23rd minute. The senior has seven goals this season.
Kingsburg didn’t slow down by scoring four goals in the second half. Mary Rooney, Emma Price, Kylee Silva and Ardavanis scored in the second half for the Vikings.
Before the game, Selma outscored its opponents 16-2 during a three-game winning streak, but Kingsburg has been one of toughest teams to score on as the Vikings have only allowed six goals this season. The last time Kingsburg allowed a goal was against Sunnyside in a 4-2 win on Dec. 16.
“Everybody is doing their job on the field,” Hodges said. “When we’re able to keep teams from scoring everybody knows that they’re part of that. It’s not just a certain group all 21 of our players have bought into that system that we all have a job to do.”
Bears’ head coach Joel Cooley said the Vikings will be the toughest team on its league schedule as both schools will play each other again this season.
“We’ll be ready hopefully a little bit better next time,” Cooley said. “Yeah they got six on us, we just couldn’t develop again. We kind of fell back in that spot where we don’t develop in the final third [of the field].”
So far, Selma is 2-2 in CSL play with six games remaining in the league schedule. Cooley is hoping for a strong finish.
“I'm more interested in how we’re going to finish out,” Cooley said. “That way we’ll get into playoffs.”
Despite allowing six goals, Cooley said he was happy with the way goalkeeper Lucy Chavez played. Cooley said several universities have been interested in Chavez and representatives from those schools have watched her play.
“She’s something special,” he said. “[She’s] probably one of if not the best keeper in the state and that’s something Selma can be really proud of. It’ll be nice to see her play in the future.”
Chavez isn’t the only player getting looked at by universities. Cooley said most of the seniors on the teams have garnered interest and have had contact with several universities, which is something he is proud of.
“I don’t think anybody else could say that at this point, but we move our kids on,” Cooley said. “The way we teach, the way we coach and what we do, they get that chance of free education we all try to give our kids."
Selma will look to avenge its loss to Kingsburg at home as the two schools will battle each other again this week on Thursday, Jan. 25.