The Williams Lady Jacket soccer team proved a much better offense and defense last week, in a two-contest victory. In Hamilton, on Dec. 9, Williams notched a 4-3 win over the Braves and ousted Durham, last Thursday, with a 3-nil score.
“These girls just keep getting better,” said coach Kristi Hill. “I think now that they are comfortable on the field and have these wins on the board, they will continue to become a competitive team.”
In Durham, it took roughly three minutes for Nayeli Contreras to score the Lady Jackets’ first goal of the game. With a 1-0 first half score, Colusa turned up the heat, leaving spectators with the feeling it was just a matter of time before William’s offensive pressure paid off. In the opening minute of the second half, Contreras lofted a pass in front of freshman Joci Paiz, who chased down the bouncing ball and timed her strike just right to drill the ball past the Durham keeper and inside the left post for a 2-0 Williams lead.
It was the first of several scoring opportunities by the Lady Jackets, who wore down the Durham defense by using their speed and moving the ball to fire two more shots at the Trojan net. Goals by Mariana Avilla and Judy Mora secured the shut-out over Durham and a 4-0 win.
“The defense does excellent,” said Hill. “Once we got the butterflies out, we settled down in the second half. We relaxed and played the way we have practiced.”
Williams, now 2-2, will return to the field Jan. 7 in Winters with a 3:15 PM start time. ■