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Lady Jackets soccer shutout Willows

Isabella Santillan defends a Willows player during last Thursday’s home game during their victory Monday night.

On their home field last Thursday, the Lady Jackets soccer team stopped the Willows Honkers from scoring and took their first season with an 11-0 final score.

“It feels so good to be back on the field,” said junior Gaby Lopez. “After missing out on my volleyball season, I was enthralled to be able to get at least one sports season in.”

Newcomer to the ‘Jackets, Leonel Mendoza-Acevedo has stepped up as the head coach for the Williams girls soccer team. No stranger to the game, Acevedo is a second-year soccer coach who led Orland’s JV boys team to an undefeated season.

“This is my first year at WHS and my second year of teaching,” Acevedo said. “I believe our Lady Jackets team is doing well and will continue to do so if we play soccer with heart and mind.”

A first-half triple score from senior forward Nayeli Conteras propelled the offense, as freshman Isabella Santillan contributed three goals. Sophomores Jocelyn Paiz and Brisa Garcia tallied up a single goal each, and Freshmen Ashanti Madrigal and Andrea Rivera contributed, each with a goal. Contreras ended with four goals towards the win.

COVID-19 regulations made for a stricter atmosphere. All players on the bench were required to keep their masks on or suffer being hit with a yellow card. Players were not allowed to speak to any spectators, or the coach and player would be yellow carded.

“I understand where this is coming from, but why card the coach?” Acevedo said. “I would hate to have to forfeit a game because I, as the coach, got double yellow carded. I can only remind the players so many times.”

Williams descends to Durham today, with a game start time of 3:15 PM.

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