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High School Soccer Notebook: Miners, 'Blazers to meet in midseason showdown


12:00 AM, Jan. 10, 2013 EST

It is never too early to start looking ahead to marquee matchups on the soccer schedule.

And it doesn't get much bigger than the potential showdown slated for 5 p.m. Wednesday night at El Diamante when the Miners host rival Golden West.

It is only the finale of the first half of the West Yosemite League season, but both teams will have a lot riding in the game.

If everything goes according plan, both teams should be 5-0. First the Trailblazers have to take care of business at Lemoore today, and the Miners have to beat Hanford West - Lemoore and Hanford West are the bottom two teams in the WYL standings.

Barring any upsets, the winner of Wednesday's game will have the huge upper hand going into the second half of the league season.

The second meeting will take place Feb. 8 at Golden West.

This isn't the only key matchup on the schedule.

Here is a look at some matchups Tulare County boys soccer fans should not miss:

Farmersville vs. Lindsay: These two teams play twice in nonleague games. The first of the two meetings takes place Jan. 17 in Farmersville. The second game is Jan. 24 in Lindsay.

The two teams started a tradition recently with a Champions Cup trophy on the line each season. The two teams will add up the scores of both games, and whoever wins the aggregate score gets to take home the trophy for the year.

Last year, it was Lindsay winning the Champions Cup.

Cup or no cup, these are games with two of the most skilled teams in Tulare County.

Selma vs. Dinuba: The Emperors have been the team to beat in the Central Sequoia League over the past few years.

But the Bears appear to have different ideas this year.

Selma is off to an impressive 18-2 start with wins over several top programs in the Central Section.

Word from some coaches who have seen Selma is that the Bears may be the best team in the entire Central Section.

They play Dinuba twice. The first meeting will be Jan. 22 in Selma. The second meeting will be on the final day of the regular season Feb. 8.

Monache vs. Delano: The East Yosemite League is wide open, but if I had two pick the top two teams it would be the Marauders and Tigers.

They did finish 1-2 last season.

Monache is the defending champion and opened defense of its title with a 3-0 win over Tulare Union on Tuesday.

Delano knocked off Tulare Western.

Delano and Monache play Jan. 15 in Delano and Feb. 1 in Porterville.

Three's Company

Mission Oak coach John Pimentel feels the girls East Yosemite League champion will come out of Tulare.

He said he feels his Hawks, Tulare Western and defending 7-time champion Tulare Union all have what it takes to win the league title.

"I believe the eventual winner of the EYL will be between one of the three Tulare teams. It will be an any given night type of thing and who shows up. All three teams are balanced. It is going to be tough. It will also be a matter of who's healthy," he said.

All three Tulare teams made quite a statement during their league openers Tuesday.

Each team won their respective games, and each team saw one of its players go off for a three-goal performance.

Liz Cui got the Hawks going with three goals in a 5-1 victory over Porterville.

Anyssa Dominguez scored all three of her team's goals in a 3-0 win over Delano.

And Kaitlyn Sartuche also accomplished the feat in a 5-0 win over Monache.

Just in case anybody is keeping track, Pimentel's prediction is looking very accurate after just one day. The Hawks, Mustangs and Redskins are the only undefeated teams left.

Delano, Porterville and Monache are each winless.

The first time two of the Tulare schools meet will be Jan. 15 when Mission Oak plays at Tulare Western.

Mission Oak the hosts Tulare Union Jan. 17.

And Tulare Western hosts Tulare Union Jan. 23.

Streaking Cavaliers

These are the Central Valley Christian Cavaliers we are expected to seeing.

The Cavaliers entered Central Sequoia League play with a 3-6-2 record, which is not what somebody who has been following the Tulare County soccer scene over the last few years would expect.

With a team struggling to score goals - they only had 13 heading into Tuesday night's game - one might have to assume that CVC's state-record league winning streak is in trouble.

Selma gave the Cavaliers all they could handle in the CSL opener Tuesday, but the Cavaliers held on for the 1-0 victory to extend their league winning streak to 110.

CVC will look to keep that streak going tonight when it hosts Immanuel.

Following Tuesday's win, CVC coach Jacob De Groot spoke with Times-Delta/Advance-Register writer Dan Kukla.

"It's pretty huge," De Groot said of his team's win over Selma. "We've played a tough schedule. This team is not used to having a losing record. They're hungry, and that's where you want them."

The record isn't what CVC is used to, but a good test of how far they have come this season will come Friday when they play Redwood in a nonleague match.

 

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1 Mission Oak High School
Tulare, CA
13-3-0
2 El Diamante HS
Visalia, CA
13-6-0
3 Mt. Whitney High School
Visalia, CA
12-7-0
4 Redwood High School
Visalia, CA
10-10-0
5 Central Valley Christian School
Visalia, CA
9-9-0

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