With a rescheduled game against Rosemont added to their schedule on Feb. 7, the Galt Warriors played its third game of the week and first at home.
The games reflected the Warriors’ efforts to excel after having struggled in a few games earlier this year; in their three games between Feb. 4 and 7, they shut out all of their opponents while scoring 21 goals in the process.
The week was a nice wrap-up for a team that was striving for its fourth straight season of staying undefeated in Sierra Valley Conference games.
“We are now going into playoffs in about a (week) so I’m happy they were able to perform the way that we had asked of them because this second part of league has been kind of tough for us,” Galt coach Freddy Renteria said afterward, noting that they’d had more trouble defeating several teams in the second half of the season than when they faced those same teams in the first half of the season.
“Today they showed us what we’ve been asking of them in the second half of the season, connecting their passes, (etc.). We did that, right off the bat, we scored. Second half, right off the bat, we scored,” Renteria said.
After the wins, the Warriors were 9-0 with one game left to play against Union Mine. That game took place Feb. 11 after publication of The Galt Herald.
The Warriors defeated Rosemont 7-0 in the second game of the week between the two schools; they also shut out the Wolverines 4-0 on Feb. 6 and started the week with a 10-0 win over Bradshaw Christian in Elk Grove.
The Warriors’ offense overpowered the Wolverines in the Feb. 7 game as they passed patiently but quickly with precision.
Renteria was happy with the change compared to the teams’ game one day earlier.
“We played them yesterday and we were tied 0-0 and we were really upset. We talked to them at halftime, and it was like they were a totally different team. They came out today, did the same things that we asked and they made it pretty easy,” Renteria said of the Warriors against the Wolverines.
The scoring was spread out amongst the Warriors’ roster with seven players scoring against the Wolverines. Francisco Alvarez, Gonzalo Garcia, Alexis Gonzalez, Eduardo Garcia, Juan Cruz, Josue Gonzalez and Edgar China scored; Garcia and Alexis Gonzalez also added assists.
In the Feb. 6 game, Alvarez, Ernesto Becerra, Alexis Gonzales and Enrique Hernandez (two goals) scored for Galt.
In leading to their double-digit win over the Pride on Feb. 4, the Warriors had an incredible night, including two hat tricks courtesy of Braiyan Cortez and Garcia. Juan Cruz also scored (two), as did China and Abraham Romero.
Having won the last two Sac-Joaquin Section Championships in their division, Renteria noted that the Warriors have been bumped up to D III this year in the upcoming playoffs; Galt will find out who and where they will play this week when the brackets are released by the SJS. The D III playoffs start Tuesday, Feb. 18.