Building from a disappointing season last year, the Minarets Mustangs girls soccer team (7-7-3, 5-3 West Sequoia League) is enjoying a breakout season.
The Mustangs play in one of the toughest small school leagues, featuring Farmersville, Mendota, and Firebaugh.
The Mustangs sit in fourth place in league, after winning only one game in the entire 2014/2015 season.
The squad needs to win one of its next two games to qualify for playoffs for the first time in school history.
Senior goalie Kailey Lemon is a large part of the Mustangs turnaround. Presently being scouted by Fresno City College, Lemon displays her athletic ability game after game for the Mustangs.
In a 3-0 non-league loss to Yosemite earlier this season, Lemon blocked 16 shots on goal. She is presently exploring all options to play college ball, a goal she set for herself as she began playing for the Mustangs.
Junior Taylor Schaeffer is another impact player, leading the team in scoring (16).
Coach Mary Pearson credits team play as the difference this year from last.
“Everyone contributes to the success of the team,” Pearson said. “I am very proud of this squad, from the beginning they believed in themselves and committed to being the best they could be. They have learned from the defeats and celebrated the successes.”
The JV squad (7-2-2 on the season) is also making a statement in the league.
Parlier will visit O’Neals Feb. 11, with a trip to the playoffs hanging in the balance.
Of the 17 teams in the D-VI standings, the Mustangs are currently ranked No. 3.