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PREP SOCCER

Whitney fights back to stay in the CAL hunt

Wildcats tie El Camino 2-2
By: Amanda Calzada/Placer Herald Correspondent
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Head netting Whitney’s second goal in the second half, sophomore Jacob Scott scored off a cross to tie the game 2-2 against El Camino Fundamental last week. The Wildcats are 2-1-1 in Capital Athletic League play. “We had good possession and I think we controlled the pace of the game, however, we needed to be more dangerous in their attacking third,” said Whitney head coach Bryon Salata, a 2005 Rocklin graduate who earned a soccer scholarship to California State University Chico. Salata said both of El Camino’s goals came on fast counterattacks. Central defender Zachary Monroe, who scored the first goal of the game, helped Whitney generate momentum after a sluggish start. But the Eagles would come out in the second half and score two quick goals to go up 2-1. Salata, who said the Wildcats had plenty of opportunities with shots on goal, said the team was unable to finish the game out. His coaching style develops out of the defense and builds forward into an organized attack as a means to supply scoring opportunities. Salta said the week reminded the team they always need to put forth 80 minutes of good, Wildcats’ soccer during both halves, not just one. Offensive forces leading the team this season include Scott, Zach Watkins, Pierre Balda-Schuiling, and team captain Joseph Silas, who won the Golden Boot in the preseason Inderkum Soccer Tournament. Soren Smith and Monroe protect the goal on defensive. The Wildcats recovered from Monday’s 2-0 loss against Rio Americano to improver their league standings to two wins. “I hope to motivate and and inspire my student-athletes to be both better soccer players and better people. These boys have agreed that if we finish this season with absolutely no regrets, we can do big things and make a good run at playoffs,” said Salta.