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Hilmar soccer triumphs over Modesto Christian
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Kayley Pettigrew tries to steal the ball during the first half of Wednesdays home TVL battle with Modesto Christian. - photo by EDDIE RUIZ/The Journal

Hilmar girls’ soccer continued their unbeaten streak against Modesto Christian in their mid-week matchup.

Wednesday marked the Yellowjackets 10th Trans-Valley League contest of the season as they hosted the Crusaders in their second meeting in what resulted in a lopsided victory.

Hilmar scored five goals in the first half and added on another five in the second half as they blanketed MC, 10-0.

“The girls were on fire,” said Hilmar head coach Doug Delay. “We had just played MC last week after a makeup, even though we won, we didn't play our best game and we came out tonight with extra energy and played well.”

In last week’s game the 'Jackets were coming off a 4-0 road victory.

“They didn't say anything about playing better against MC and it wasn’t the effort it was the field conditions and they wanted to come out and put on a show and play up to our style,” said Delay. “And they sure did that tonight.”

Hilmar’s offense has been the most effective in the TVL all season long. They currently have eight players with 11 points or more for the season, including two of the top three scorers. Over the last six games Hilmar has outscored their opponents 26-1.

That offensive fury continued with a furious arsenal of attacks from the 'Jackets in the opening minutes that led to a quick 3-0 lead after five minutes.

Betzy Chavez scored a pair of goals in the first half while freshman Emily Vieira notched the first of her three that completed the hat-trick.

Freshman Lexie Avalos followed Vieira with a hat-trick of her own as the young duo completed a rare feat for first-year players at the varsity level.

“We are certainly unique. At any given time any of our 19 players can put the ball in the back of the net, even our goalkeeper as well,” said Delay. “It goes to the possession style and the opposition can’t cover everybody and we have a lot of players and we are very fortunate.”

Hilmar took 25 shots, including 20 shots on goal against the Crusaders.

Kayley Pettigrew and Ainsley Wood also scored a goal for Hilmar.

 The team improves to 14-3-2 overall and 8-0-2 in TVL play.

“We came out ready and had energy built up from the start,” said Delay. “They were on point and passing and possessing well and when we play well it’s about possession and moving into the open areas and getting the ball to that player.”

Hilmar will travel on the road to take on Escalon with an opportunity to clinch the TVL title at 3:30 p.m. Monday.

“We are not talking or thinking about the TVL title,” he added. “The only thing we can control is how we play. We will go out and play our style and when the dust settles we will see where we are, but I am confident in staying motivated.”