SHINGLE SPRINGS — Ponderosa High’s varsity soccer program extended its preseason win streak to five Friday after dropping Cordova 6-2 in Bruin Country.
Junior Brandon Avalos picked up two goals on the day while teammates Matt Gould, Cameron Spencer, Jared Heffner and Jose Carrillo each contributed scoring efforts.
The win served as a litmus test regarding Ponderosa’s capacity to adjust amidst various misfortunes. With leading scorer Trevor Swartz out with troubling back issues, the Bruins had to rely on a strong collective effort Friday. Despite a lopsided final score, Cordova maintained pressure on the hosts through 80 minutes of play.
“The boys played a great game,” head coach Greg Spangler said. “Cordova is very good team, they (Lancers) played a strong second half against us.”
While Bruin fans were pleased with the win, Ponderosa incurred a major loss as starting keeper senior Giovanni DeLaurentis suffered a severe ankle injury that sent him to the hospital directly from the pitch.
“It wasn’t a dangerous play — he was just going out to get a loose ball — it’s very unfortunate,” Spamgler said.
Spangler opted to replace DeLaurentis with fellow senior Curtis Goldsmith, an intelligent player with keeping experience. As of today, Spangler and Co. have options in the box, but will wait until the report on DeLaurentis’ ankle comes through.
With a match this week versus Colfax, Ponderosa will have one more preseason trial before facing Jesuit in the first week of Delta River League action.
“We have one more game at Colfax,” Spangler said, “to get ready for Jesuit in our first league game. The boys are playing well together, we’ll just try to keep playing well and stay ready for league.”