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PREP GIRLS SOCCER

Rust-free Zebras rout Foothill 12-0

Offense, defense shines
By: Jim Linsdau, Sports Editor
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PIONEER VALLEY LEAGUE

Girls Soccer Standings

Lincoln (1-0-0, 7-2-0) win over Foothill 12-0

Center (1-0-0, 9-1-0) win over Colfax 3-1

Placer (1-0-0, 4-3-2) win over Bear River 5-0

Colfax (0-1-0, 6-5-1) loss to Center 3-1

Foothill (0-1-0, 1-5-1) loss to Lincoln 12-0

Bear River (0-1-0, 0-5-3) loss to Placer 5-0

LINCOLN HOME GAMES

Jan. 17 (Wed.) Placer 7:30 p.m.

Jan. 24 (Wed.) Bear River 5:30 p.m.

 

 

It had been more than two weeks since the Lincoln High girls soccer team’s last match when they played Foothill at home last week, but the Fighting Zebras showed no ill effects from the layoff. They defeated the Mustangs 12-0 to open Pioneer Valley League competition.

“I think everything’s just been clicking,” said Lincoln head coach David Zinzun. “The (Zebras) are finally finding the rhythm and they are having some fun.

“Both teams are doing very well, right now,” Zinzun added, referencing the junior varsity’s 12-0 victory over Foothill, as well.

The coach said he gave his players some time off during the winter break, but continued to work on technical training during practice. Lincoln’s varsity has not lost since Dec. 5 and was on a seven-game winning streak.

With the 12-goal victory, the Zebras have won by a total margin of 46-2.

Against the Mustangs, Autumn Bersch, Taylor Lee, Aliyah Aguilar, Kaydie Bauser and Reese Zinzun scored two goals apiece. Alexis Nordby and Andra Cuevas also added goals. Of the seven players scoring, only Reese Zinzun is a senior.

Grace Morebeck had three assists in the contest and Atziri Lopez contributed two.

Coach Zinzun said part of his team’s offensive success comes from his aggressive defense. He said where a typical soccer team has six attacking players, the Zebras actually have eight.

“We catch the teams off guard because all season our defense has attacking players that are also on the offensive side, Coach Zinzun said. “I’m very blessed with players that are offensive-minded, but very strong defenders. They’re sharp in transitioning from defense to offense and then back to defense.”

The coach said his goalkeepers, Madi Nelson and Victoria Navarro, do an excellent job of quarterbacking his defense, as well.

Lincoln was scheduled to get Placer at home Wednesday and then travel to Colfax for a showdown with the Falcons Monday.