It had been a while since the Calaveras High School girls’ soccer team had seen live competition. Twenty-five days to be exact. With nearly a month passing since Calaveras played in a game, there was quite a bit of rust that needed to be shed as Mother Lode League play began.
Calaveras was unable to get rid of the rust, as it dropped the first league game of the season in a 6-0 shutout to the Sonora Wildcats Tuesday night at Frank Meyer Field in San Andreas.
“It’s a big factor when you don’t go live against other competition,” said Calaveras head coach Rick Celli. “It really puts you down a notch. But, we are going to look forward and steam ahead and do a good job. We have a young team and we are going to be able to do it.”
Calaveras ended the preseason with an overall record of 1-2-2, while Sonora went 5-2-1.
Early in the evening, Calaveras was able to get the ball into Sonora territory and take a few contested shots. Junior MacKenna Steele had a couple of decent looks, but nothing was able to find the back of the net.
With 22:20 to play in the first half, the Wildcats struck for their first goal of the night. Nearly four minutes later, Sonora added to its lead with a goal off of a rebound. Sonora led 2-0 at the midway point.
“They were playing too aggressive and they were pushing a lot more than they should, so that was something that got in our heads,” said Calaveras’ senior co-captain Sierra Reusche.
Although Calaveras didn’t have a goal to its name, Celli was happy with the way his team moved the ball, when it was able to do so.
“We are starting to put our plays together,” Celli said. “When we did that, Sonora didn’t touch us. When we got off our plays, then we went awry. If we keep our heads to the grindstone and work our plays out, I know we are going to be damaging to other teams.”
Twelve minutes into the second half, Sonora scored its third goal of the game. Five minutes later, the Wildcats scored again. Trailing 4-0, Calaveras tried its best to get open shots, but found it difficult even getting possession inside Sonora’s territory.
“It gets frustrating and you start to lose hope,” Reusche said. “You try to get through to their goalie and obviously it’s frustrating when it’s there, but you can't get there. But a lot of it was still Sonora being really aggressive.”
Sonora scored two more times, both within the final three minutes.
Calaveras (1-3-2, 0-1 MLL) will try to rebound from Tuesday’s shutout loss when Argonaut makes its way to San Andreas. Thursday's game is set for 5:30 p.m.
“Obviously the loss is going to be tough on us, but I think we’ll be able to move forward,” Reusche said. “This is just a lesson for us to work harder and I definitely don’t think this will happen again.”
Calaveras’ JV team lost to Sonora 3-1 Tuesday night in San Andreas.