Coming off a 2-1-1 record in the Pitman Pride Cup this prior weekend, the Hilmar High Yellowjackets were quick to turn the tables after recent back-to-back losses to higher division opponents.
Hilmar dropped two straight to Livingston followed by Ceres on Monday and Tuesday before tallying a 4-1 win over Orestimba at home on Wednesday.
“We definitely played better,” said Hilmar head coach Louie Bettencourt. “The competition was not as stiff as the previous two games, but it was a good win for us. I’m disappointed in losing those games earlier in the week, but they were mental mistakes and we can't afford to mess it up like that again.”
After dropping two critical contests earlier in preseason, Hilmar had enough and looked to produce the better half at home against the Warriors.
It didn't take too long for the 'Jackets to get on the scoreboard after Adrian Yepez notched the game’s first goal about 10 minutes into the contest after connecting on a deep cross.
“It was a good play,” said Bettencourt. “It was still kind of a slow start for us. We dominated the ball but did not have much penetration on offense. We were not going into the direction we should.”
Failing to produce more of a spark on offense, Bettencourt had a serious talk with his team at the half after being up just 1-0.
“I just went over certain things and told the kids to share the ball, but also there are times you must shoot, because if you don't then you can't score,” Bettencourt said.
Fortunately for Bettencourt and the 'Jackets they came out and fired away, scoring three more goals, with the final one coming with about 12 minutes left in the game.
Eventually, the Warriors scored their only goal on a free kick, late in the game to end the shutout.
“We pressed and went up more and it was the way we needed to play,” Bettencourt added. “Sometimes you need to play more direct and shoot more.”
The next game for the Hilmar Yellowjackets will be against the Hawks at Delhi at 4 p.m. Tuesday.