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Ladies Vaqueros stay undefeated

The Lady Vaqueros came back from a one-goal deficit to beat the Fresno City College Rams 4-2 at home Tuesday.

The Vaqueros had a great second half and after 90 minutes they remained undefeated making their record this season 9-0-2.

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Head coach John Sisterson was glad that the girls turned the game around. “We played poor in the first half, but it was a different show in the second half,” Sisterson said.

Fresno gained the upper hand in the beginning of the game with a fast paced passing game that forced the Vaqs to chase the ball.

The Rams pressured the Vaqs deep into their own half of the pitch, but failed to create any real scoring opportunities.

After 14 minutes the Rams almost got a breakaway, but Ashley Menin in the Vaquero goal rushed out and snatched the ball right in front of the feet of the Rams striker.

Fresno continued to put pressure on the Vaqs defense and had a shot just over the bar in the 18th minute.

Fresno got the opening goal on a 20-yard free kick after 21 minutes by Denise Hernandez.

The Vaqueros had a hard time keeping the ball in possession on the offensive end with the Rams defense playing a physical game.

Danna Wahlund had the first scoring chance for the Vaqs in the 30th minute but her header inside the box went wide.

The Vaqueros leveled the game after 37 minutes after a strike inside the box by Michelle Oakes assisted by Laura Spivack.

After the goal, The Vaqs got new energy and started to step up to Fresno’s level when it came to the physical part of the game.

With three minutes remaining in the half, City College defender Summer Deaton had to step of the field with an injury.

At the half it was Vaqueros 1 Rams 1.

The Vaqueros looked like a new team in the second half and took the lead after just three minutes after a header by Lanakila McNaughton.

The roles were changed and the Vaqs were now the team controlling the game.

After a corner by Michelle Oakes in the 55th minute, Lizzy Rao increased the Vaqs lead to 3-1.

Team captain Lizzy Rao was not happy with the way the team played. “We didn’t play our game, but we still managed to get a result,” she said.

The Vaqueros kept pushing forward and Danna Wahlund made it 4-1 after knocking the ball past the Fresno keeper in the 64th minute.

Fresno came back in the 74th minute to make it 4-2 after a clever free kick just outside the penalty box.

City College won the battle in midfield in the second half with physical challenges collecting two yellow cards.

Francesca Ortiz almost made it 5-2 late in the game when the Rams keeper almost fumbled her free kick into the net.

Vaqs first goal scorer Michelle Oakes was pleased with the win and that the team “raised to the occasion in the second half.”

The next game for the Lady Vaqueros is at 3 p.m. on Friday at La Playa Stadium against the Ventura City College Pirates.

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