Pacheco High’s soccer team can’t seem to get a full lineup together, and Tuesday’s 6-0 loss to Livingston was evidence of a squad riddled with injuries.
“I think they’re doing a really good job (of playing together). The girls coming off the bench are still playing solid as one team,” Pacheco coach Trichelle Larkins said. “The problem is we’re having to use everyone from our bench at this point. They’re falling like flies.”
Midfielder Melinda Martinez, Milia Bathish and Maggie Morales are all battling ankle sprains, and Liliana Cortez is sidelined with a concussion. Martinez played in Tuesday’s match, but came off the field twice when her ankle bothered her.
“It’s going to happen to every team,” Larkins said. “Everyone’s going to have an injury here and there – my biggest issue is that they’re gone for weeks at a time at this point. So we need to keep the injuries to a minimum and then get healthy before they come back.”
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Livingston jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first half, but Pacheco was unable to get much going offensively. The Panthers did have a goal waved off due to offsides after an Alexa Teran booted in a ricochet off of Livingston goalkeeper Gabriela Mejia.
The Wolves went back to work after the break, scoring a fourth goal in the first few minutes. Pacheco put more offensive pressure on Livingston in the second half, with Mejia sliding into the goalpost to save a Sandra Morales shot on goal. But the biggest thing Larkins saw was a lack of ball control.
“We’re got to play balls to feet, balls to feet, balls to feet,” she said. “Not ball to space, run, ball to space, run, so we’re working on it, balls to feet.”
Livingston’s Yarista Arista finished with a hat trick, though she would have had a few more if not for a handful of one-on-one saves by Pacheco goalkeeper Sabrina Soares.
Los Banos soccer went 0-2 over the last week, losing to Patterson and Central Catholic.