Pacheco High's soccer team got back on the winning track Tuesday with a 4-0 win over Central Catholic.
The Panthers spread the scoring around, with Israel Sanchez, Carlos Angulo, Manuel Sepulveda and David Posadas all notching a goal.
But the key that made the Panthers happy was the defense, which made Pacheco goalkeeper Marcos Vizcarra have to block just four shots.
"It was really important today. Before the game we talked about pressuring the whole game and keeping the ball on their side. I think we accomplished that today," Pacheco coach Daniel Elizalde said. "When the ball went outside the field, I said don't wait until the ball hits the ground to pressure. Mark on our man the whole time."
All of Pacheco's goals came before halftime, and by the time Pacheco eased off the accelerator, the wind was already out of Central Catholic's sails.
"We had to take care of the breakaways, and we had to make sure we kept the goalie tight," said left defender Antonio Gomez. "The dangerousness is they had the ability to counterattack, they pressured right away. We had to make sure we stopped that."
It took just six minutes for Pacheco to get on the board when Sanchez tapped in a ricochet off a Posadas shot. Angulo sailed one in from 25 yards in the 27th minute, and Sepulveda scored from about 30 yards out two minutes later.
Posadas' goal also came from outside the box, a 25-yarder that slipped through the goalkeeper's hands.
"We had a lot more communication, a lot more touching together, a lot more teamwork," Gomez said. "That was the major keys. We're getting much better, closer together."
Pacheco came close to adding to the score in the second half, when a defender deflection off a Martin Perez shot fell into the goalkeeper's hands, and a Luis Hernandez shot was deflected up into the bar.
Pacheco played a key game against Ceres on Thursday (results were unavailable at press time).