First Reedley goalBW

Reedley High's Junior Elizondo, second from left, celebrated with teammates Edgar Escovedo (3), Isaac Cardenas and Tomas Alvarez after scoring the Pirates' first goal of the match in a Feb. 1 showdown at Fresno High. Reedley defeated the second place Warriors, 2-1, then routed Hoover on Feb. 4 to clinch the outright North Yosemite League soccer championship.

The Reedley High Pirates boys have delivered in every big soccer match they've had this season. And form held true in a North Yosemite League first place showdown on Feb. 1 at Fresno High.

First half goals from Junior Elizondo and Gustavo Ledesma were just enough to hold off a Warrior rally in a 2-1 victory for RHS. The Pirates (18-6-2, 9-0) then clinched the outright league championship with a 4-0 shutout of Hoover on Feb. 4 in a steady rain at Sal Gonzalez Field.

Reedley should earn a high seed in the upcoming Division II Central Section playoffs, where the Pirates are defending section champions. They've exhibited a combination of solid defense, ball control and quick strike ability to handle all NYL opposition.

The first score came on a counter-attack when Elizondo raced down the right side, deked out the Fresno goalkeeper and scored into the empty net in the 24th minute. About six minutes later, the team received a free kick following a foul and Ledesma rifled a soaring shot past the Warriors' defensive wall and goalkeeper.

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