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Perfect home league record for Hilmar soccer
Jackets stay undefeated at home behind Yepezs five goals
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Agustin Granados from Hilmar, steps in front of his Hughson opponent to block the attempt to score Thursday evening. - photo by CANDY PADILLA/The Journal

Adrian Yepez scored two goals in the first half and three in the second as Hilmar overwhelmed the visiting Hughson High Huskies on the Yellowjackets home field on Thursday afternoon.

The game also marked Hilmar’s senior night and the team did not disappoint their home crowd, notching up four goals in the first half and then Hilmar revved up three goals in the second as they walloped the Huskies for the second time this season, 7-0.

“I keep telling them that they have accomplished nothing yet, take it one game at a time and get as many goals as you can,” said Hilmar head coach Louie Bettencourt. “We also had a chance to play a lot of our bench players today as well, which is good.”

“We were not facing a team that was to our level, so we just played the best to our ability and level that we could and put the chances away that we could,” said Yepez. “If we win it will be as a team not as individuals.”

Hilmar has looked like a team to be reckoned with for majority of the season, winning seven straight and amassing a 7-0-1 Trans Valley League record after Thursday’s win.

“It’s a 110 percent turnaround from last year,” said Bettencourt after the team finished with a 2-6 league record last year. “They want it more and they are all playing better today and they understand that in order to succeed they all need to work at it, not just one or two guys.”

It is also the seventh consecutive game where the Yellowjackets have scored four or more goals, outscoring Hughson, 14-1, in the two meetings this year.

“That was one of the goals,” Yepez said about staying undefeated in league at home. “But we still have two goals left in league and hopefully stay undefeated in league and then we will see what happens after that — hopefully we take it all.”

In Thursday’s game, Hilmar came out with an exhilarating start, as they scored three goals in the first 16 minutes. Yepez nailed two of them.

At the 50th minute, Yepez notched his third to secure the hat trick after a ball deflected on to his possession and from the top of the 18-yard box he nailed a one hop shot onto the back corner of the net.

Up 5-0 with a half hour left, the Hilmar Yellowjackets pressed as much as they could eventually allowing Hughson to strike only twice for the half — once on goal.

Nothing more was allowed as the ‘Jackets proved who was the better team for the game with a completely lopsided victory.

“We have to keep training hard because I am sure there are many teams that want to beat us so we can’t let up. We have to push through and never let up, always keep fighting,” said Yepez.

“We want to finish off what we started here so next is Ripon, then Escalon. Two more then hopefully we can do what we started, finish it off… one game at a time,” Bettencourt added.

The next game for Hilmar will be against Ripon at 5:30 p.m. Thursday.