GIRLS SOCCER: Mustangs blank Eagles 4-0


GILROY – The Gilroy High girls soccer team led 2-0 at halftime
and added two more scores in the second half en route to a 4-0
victory over Alvarez on Wednesday night.
GILROY – The Gilroy High girls soccer team’s early-season scoring funk seems to be a thing of the past.

After a 5-0 outburst in a win against North Salinas last week, the Mustangs put forth another stellar offensive performance in a 4-0 triumph over visiting Tri County Athletic League opponent Alvarez on Wednesday night.

The Mustangs have scored 11 goals over their past three games, evening their overall record to 4-4-2 and boosting their TCAL standing to 2-0.

“We are on target,” head coach Jose Hernandez said. “We are doing a better job of getting to know each other. Individually we have our moments, but we are getting there.”

Monique Barragan, Savannah Silacci, Alex Maldonado and Indra Garcia scored for Gilroy. Garcia also assisted on two of the tallies.

“Right now we have been working together more and staying focused for league,” said Garcia, who serves as one of two team captains for the Mustangs.

Before the game, Hernandez wanted to see if his team could score in the first five minutes, stressing the importance of establishing an early lead.

The Mustangs nearly came through for the seventh-year coach as a Taylor Slattery cross connected with Cynthia Sanchez who directed a low-lined shot on net. The first Mustangs surge was thwarted, but the early offense was a sign of things to come.

“We did a good job of fixing a few things,” Hernandez said. “Our energy was good. Our focus was good. That is what I am looking for.”

The Mustangs fired off 34 shots toward the net with about a quarter of those on target.

The Mustangs cashed in on a corner kick opportunity in the 11th minute as Garcia curled a nicely placed ball into the box where a sea of players awaited its decent. Barragan managed to find space and headed the ball in for a 1-0 lead.

Gilroy went up 2-0 on Silacci’s second goal in as many games, left-footing a low bouncer to the far post and in.

By the time the second half commenced, it was clear that the Mustangs’ speed dictated the flow of the game, and with Slattery, Sanchez and others at the striker and forward positions, the Mustangs executed runs to near perfection as the game continued.

“Off the ball runs and through runs and crosses, I’m really starting to adjust now,’ said Slattery, who is just a freshman but has already contributed three goals since Hernandez shuffled his lineup and moved her from defense to forward.

Maldonado’s goal in the 60th minute to put the Mustangs up 3-0 was her fourth in the last three outings.

Garcia finished out the scoring barrage for Gilroy seven minutes later, putting just enough loft on a shot from 25-yards out to float it over the outstretched arms of the Eagles goalie.

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