Ma­raud­ers young but learn­ing

Monache falls 1-0 to El Dia­mante

Porterville Recorder - - FRONT PAGE - By NAYIRAH DOSU [email protected]­villere­corder.com

It’s early, but by their record alone Monache High School girls soc­cer is start­ing off bet­ter than they did last sea­son.

The 2017-18 sea­son started off rough for the Ma­raud­ers with the team go­ing 0-5-2 through their first seven games. But this sea­son with another half un­der­class­men team, Monache is 3-3-1 af­ter suf­fer­ing a 1-0 loss to fel­low CIF Cen­tral Sec­tion Divi­sion II team, the Min­ers of El Dia­mante, Tues­day at home.

“I think we’re do­ing al­right,” MHS head coach Tino Ro­driguez said about his young squad. “We’re try­ing dif­fer­ent things. As you’ve no­ticed, my goalie’s a fresh­man and she’s do­ing an amaz­ing job. But I have [fresh­man Adriana] Martinez, I have [fresh­man Iz­abelah] Ber­rones. I have some good play­ers. Just they’re young, and I’m try­ing to get them some play­ing time so they get that ex­pe­ri­ence and ev­ery­thing else.”

Monache goal­keeper, Alyna Gon­za­lez, and a Ma­raud­ers de­fense an­chored by cap­tains, ju­nior Zoe Rios and se­nior Mikayli Moore, were able to hold off the Min­ers from scor­ing again af­ter giv­ing up a goal in the 21st

minute of the game.

“De­fen­sively, mid­field, I think we’re pretty solid,” Ro­driguez said. “It’s just try­ing to put the ball in the net.”

Monache’s strong­est and best chance at a score came in the 30th minute when Alexan­dria Ri­vas’ throw-in was kicked back to her by an El Dia­mante player and the sopho­more took a shot from just in­side the penalty box. The Ma­raud­ers had some other chances but they couldn’t seem to make the last step nec­es­sary for a qual­ity shot.

“Un­for­tu­nately we didn’t get many op­por­tu­ni­ties,” Ro­driguez said. “It’s try­ing to try dif­fer­ent peo­ple, and un­for­tu­nately I have some peo­ple sick too.”

De­spite the loss, Ro­driguez had noth­ing but pos­i­tive things to say about his team as he and his coaches con­tinue to see im­prove­ment.

“I’m re­ally look­ing for­ward to this sea­son,” Ro­driguez said. “We have some games com­ing up for us. Un­for­tu­nately last year we didn’t have enough but this year we do, and we’re go­ing to make these games count for league. Cause that’s our goal. Our goal is to do as best as we can in league and then we’ll see what hap­pens.”

Monache’s next game is at 3 p.m. on Fri­day against Foothill in the first day of the South Bak­ers­field High School tour­na­ment. The team has another two games in De­cem­ber be­fore be­gin­ning East Yosemite League play Fri­day, Jan. 4 against Tu­lare Union.

RECORDER PHO­TOS BY CHIEKO HARA

Monache High School’s Zoe Rios, right, heads a ball Tues­day, Dec. 4, dur­ing the first half of a game against El Dia­mante High School at Monache.

Monache High School’s Rachel Cle­ment, right, bat­tles for a ball Tues­day.

RECORDER PHOTO BY CHIEKO HARA

Monache High School’s Alexa Baez, left, bat­tles for a ball Tues­day, Dec. 4, dur­ing the sec­ond half of a game against El Dia­mante High School at Monache.

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