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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