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Varsity Girls Suffer Soccer Shutout
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With some key players gone due to the Spring Break week from school April 6 through 10, the varsity Lady Cougars soccer team took a tough 2-0 loss in their one contest.

They hosted Modesto Christian on Monday, April 6 and MC came away with the shutout win, avenging an earlier season loss to the Escalon squad.

"It was 0-0 at halftime, we had lots of opportunities but just didn't finish our shots, that's the story of our season," explained coach Jamie Peoples. "They scored two in the second half and got a 2-0 win."

Modesto Christian came in with a full roster, including a few players that were not in uniform during the first meeting, since they were still busy with basketball.

"They didn't feel they should have lost to us the first time," Peoples noted. "They had something to prove."

Escalon battled evenly with the Crusaders in the first half but just couldn't contain them in the second.

"One player does not make a team, but we were working with a completely different offense," Peoples said. "We had three solid starters missing."

Katie San Julian made nine saves in goal.

Coming off a week where they tied one and won one, the Lady Cougars were hoping to keep moving forward in the standings. But with the loss to MC, it tightens things up in the playoff race. Now, instead of controlling their own destiny, the Escalon girls will have to play to win and hope for some help from other teams in knocking off their closest competitors to earn one of the two TVL playoff spots.

They were slated to be at home to face off with Ripon on Monday, April 13 after The Times went to press.