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Soccer Notebook: CVC dealing with pressure of unbeaten streak

12:00 AM, Jan. 24, 2013 EST

Sometimes a streak or a record can take on a life of its own.

The Central Valley Christian girls soccer team can attest to that.

The Cavaliers saw their state-record 112-game league winning streak come to an end Friday night with a 1-1 tie against Exeter.

After the match, CVC coach Jacob De Groot said all his girls could focus on was the streak.

"We came back from a 1-0 deficit against a really good team and I want to be proud of that," De Groot said.

While the winning streak was halted, CVC's league unbeaten streak continues.

Following Friday's game, De Groot went on to say that the streak has almost become a distraction. He wouldn't say he wanted the streak to end, but knows it will eventually.

The unbeaten streak extended to 114 games with a 2-1 overtime victory over Kingsburg on Tuesday.

CVC led 1-0 at halftime, but Kingsburg tied it up with an early second half goal.

Facing another tie in the face, the Cavaliers pulled out the win thanks to an overtime goal by Nicole Bouvia.

"I would've been happier if we protected our initial lead and not allowed a quick goal," De Groot said. "But it did make for an exciting battle. We played well, but Kingsburg is really tough."

CVC's dominance in the Central Sequoia League has rarely been tested. There have been some close calls, but many games have been decided by a multiple goal difference.

This season is a bit different. The Cavaliers are still atop the standings with a 4-0-1 record, but it hasn't come easy.

That's something De Groot hopes will be beneficial in the long run.

"I'm excited to see how this will turn out," he said. "Battling through every single match is more fun. It is more exciting for the girls and the fans. I'm also hoping it makes us more ready to do battle come playoff time."

The playoffs are still five games away.

In the meantime, CVC will look to lock up another league title.

The Cavaliers will get another tough challenge when they play at Selma at 6 p.m. Friday to open the second half of league season. CVC defeated Selma 1-0 earlier this season.

WYL title at stake

The West Yosemite League girls championship could be at stake tonight when the Redwood Rangers host the Lemoore Tigers at 6 p.m. at the Giant Chevrolet-Cadillac Mineral King Bowl.

Both teams enter the key game with just one league loss.

Lemoore is 6-1 and and 13-3-1 overall and is coming off a bye Tuesday.

The Rangers improved to 7-1 in league and 16-4-1 with a 5-0 win over Hanford West on Tuesday.

The first time Lemoore and Redwood met, Redwood came out with a 4-2 victory.

Redwood has been on a roll since opening the league season with a 2-1 loss at Hanford back on Dec. 11.

They have won eight straight games by a combined score of 31-4.

Postseason Hopes

When talking to Tulare Union boys soccer coach Mike Shaffer following last week's loss to Mission Oak, the first-year coach still had postseason aspirations for his Redskins.

Tulare Union started the season with an 8-4-1 nonleague record, but the beginning of the East Yosemite League campaign hasn't been very friendly.

Heading into Wednesday's rivalry game against Tulare Western, the Redskins were 0-4 in the EYL.

District rules mandate the Redskins have at least a .500 record in league or .500 overall record to make those playoff dreams a reality.

The Redskins have been struggling to win games, but not all is lost this season.

Shaffer said junior forward Enrique Gutierrez had been hampered with an injury but is getting healthier with each passing game.

Gutierrez got off to a strong start this season. He has scored 18 goals with 16 of them coming in nonleague play.

Tulare Union entered Wednesday 8-8-1. If they can win at least three games in their final six games of the season, the Redskins would be postseason bound for the first time since 2010 when they reached the second round of the Division II playoffs.

If the Redskins do reach the postseason, they would be in Division III.

Champions Cup

The Farmersville and Lindsay boys soccer teams have clashed in some pretty intense games over the past few years, perhaps none as what we might see at 6 p.m. tonight in Lindsay.

The two teams will square off in the second half of the Champions Cup series.

The Cup is awarded to the team with the better aggregate score in a two-game series.

Game 1 was played Jan. 17 and ended in a 0-0 draw.

That means it is winner take all today.

Last season, it was Lindsay taking home the Champions Cup.

Farmersville won the title in the series' first three seasons.

If the two teams end up tied, Lindsay would retain the Cup.




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