Kerman defeats Yosemite 2-1 in tournament championship game

-- Staff reportDecember 13, 2012 

The Yosemite High boys soccer team (2-6) lost to Kerman 2-1 Monday in the Gold Division of the Sierra High School Mountain Match Up Tournament championship game.

Before taking on Kerman, the Badgers played Kingsburg, beating them 5-4 in a shoot-out after regulation play ended in a 0-0 tie.

Alex Statkus, Chris Grant, Alex Mello, Carson Burton and Zack Voltmer all scored on penalty kicks with Voltmer getting finale one to end the game.

In the tournament title game, Kerman got off to a 2-0 start and held on for the 2-1 win.

"We were somewhat tired as we had just finished the previous game with a good Kingsburg team, but Dylan Taylor was able to score a goal on an assist from Martin Kovacic," said coach Rick Lemberg. "In the second half we had plenty of opportunities as we took more shots than Kerman but we just couldn't get one more in the goal."

Lemoore tournament

Last weekend the Badgers played in the Jim Inglis Soccer Classic at Lemoore High School. The tournament featured 32 teams and gave Yosemite a good opportunity to see the caliber of a variety of teams in the Central Valley.

"Although the scores may not show it, I was happy with the team's play at Lemoore," Lemberg said.

The Badgers lost to a strong Farmersville team 4-0 and to Lemoore 2-0.

"Like in the Kingsburg game, we had more shots on goal than they did, but we just couldn't put the ball in the net," Lemberg said.

Yosemite then beat University High of Visalia 4-1.

Scoring for the Badgers were Mello and Grant with two goals each.

In Yosemite's finale game of the tournament, the Badgers lost to Corcoran 5-4.

Yosemite was down 3-1, came back to take the lead at 4-3, but Corcoran scored twice in the last six minutes of the game for the 5-4 win.

Roosevelt wins 2-0

The Badgers played well but lost to Roosevelt High 2-0 on Dec. 4.

Yosemite was down 1-0 at half time and held Roosevelt scoreless for most of the second half. Towards the end of the first half Yosemite committed a foul in the penalty box and Roosevelt scored on a penalty kick and went on to win the game 2 -0.

"Our team played hard, but we just couldn't muster the amount of shots on goal to win the game," coach Rick Lemberg said.

On Dec. 5 the team traveled to Fresno High School and battled to a 1-1 tie after going into overtime.

The teams were tied at 0-0 at the end of regulation play. In the first 10 minute overtime the Badgers scored a goal on a corner kick by Tyler McIntrye which was headed in by Chris Grant. Fresno then scored a goal with about one minute left in the game.

"It was a little disappointing to come away with a tie, but it was certainly one of our best games of the year," Lemberg said. "We are making progress."

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