IMPERIAL — The Imperial Tigers’ girls soccer team hosted the Central Spartans Wednesday, May 12, for a match up that resulted in a 2-0 victory for the Spartans.
The Lady Tigers kicked off at midfield. Heading through the first eight minutes of play, both teams fought for possession to make their first offensive push downfield.
With just under 32 minutes left in the first half, the Spartans took control of the ball. After working downfield, the Spartans’ Camila Munguia took her first shot at goal that was deflected back into play by the Tigers’ keeper Rebecca Rodriguez.
On the deflection, the ball fell to the foot of the Spartans’ Leslie Linarez who took a shot for a goal that grazed the keeper’s fingers and fell into the back of the net, 1-0.
As the clock winded down, the Tigers found their first shot on goal by Viviana Espino, but the shot was caught by Spartans’ keeper Helaina Boutwell.
The action stopped for the next nine minutes as both teams tried to work the ball into their opponents’ side of the field. However, with 17:44 on the clock, the Spartans found two back-to-back shots on goal, but both were saved by Rodriguez, keeping the Tigers’ deficit to one.
Again, the action went cold until extra time in the first half with the Tigers pushing forward to try and tie the game before the end of the half.
The Tigers’ Brisa Necochea passed the ball across the field to Espino who worked around her defender for a shot that got around the keeper but was kept out of the net by the Spartans’ defenders, sending the gaming into halftime.
Opening the second half of play, the Spartans headed to midfield for the kickoff. The Spartans quickly found themselves with a chance at goal. The Spartans worked downfield into the Tigers’ penalty box for a pass that went to Munguia, who slid into the ball for a goal, 2-0.
The Tigers attempted shots at goal but were unsuccessful in their efforts.
With this being the final game for the Spartans, they ended up securing an overall record of 16-1-1 with a league record of 8-1, giving the Spartans the first-place position for the Imperial Valley.
The Lady Tigers concluded their season the following day with a tie against the Southwest Eagles that placed their overall record at 9-3-3 and a league record of 5-2-2, placing the team in second place for the Imperial Valley.