The Pacheco soccer team was excited for its rivalry match against Los Banos on Monday.
But the game failed to live up to the excitement when Los Banos rolled out a nine-man lineup due to the loss of seven players to grades. Pacheco rolled in a 7-0 win.
"Yeah, it was disappointing to show up and they only have nine guys, but then again, it wouldn't be fair for me to play just nine," Pacheco coach Daniel Elizalde said. "We play what we have. But, everybody played today."
Pacheco spread the scoring around, with David Posadas and Savador Rostro each punching in two goals. Manuel Sepulveda, Luis Hernandez and Jose Valtierra each added one.
"They didn't respond too terribly," Los Banos coach Wes Wing said of his remaining players. "There's things we could have done better, as always, but they played hard. There's not much more you could ask of them when you lose seven guys to grades, and those seven guys are starters every week, and you're already struggling with them on the team, and you try to come out here and play and survive against a pretty decent team, so I'd say they responded pretty well."
Posadas and Martin Perez each notched a pair of assists as Pacheco launched 34 shots -- 17 on target. Los Banos backup goalkeeper David Rosales blocked five before starter Junior Felix returned from his father's surgery to bring Los Banos up to 10 players.
Los Banos managed just four shots (three on target). Pacheco starting goalkeeper Marcos Vizcarra touched the ball just a handful of times before his backup, Reyes Cardenas, stepped on for the second half.
The win was the first in the last three games for Pacheco, which was in contention for a playoff spot early in league play. But one-goal losses to Ceres (4-3), Livingston (4-3) and Central Valley (3-2) dropped the Panthers away from the third playoff spot from the Western Athletic Conference.
"We had to win at least two of them in order to have a good chance. Now, we won't make it to the playoffs," Elizalde said. "...We made improvements, and that's all that matters."
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