The Yosemite High varsity boy's soccer team (9-12-4, 4-4-2 NSL) were knocked out of the first round of the CIF Division III soccer playoffs with a 3-1 loss to Roosevelt High (19-1-3, 8-0-2)) Feb. 13.
Roosevelt got all three of its goals in a four minute span in the game.
"Roosevelt is a very strong team as their record indicates," said Rick Lemberg, Yosemite coach. "We played a strong second half getting more shots on goal than they did, we just couldn't get one to go in the goal."
Lemberg said junior goal keeper Tristan Webb had a solid game against the Rough Riders.
"he made a diving save to prevent a goal. But his save was immediately kicked again by a Roosevelt player and Tristan made a second save while on the ground. That was impressive."
The Badgers had a good season making it to the playoffs after narrowly missing them last year.
On the season, the team scored 51 goals under coach Rick Lemberg, the most offensive output in the past three years.
"Perhaps the most remarkable part of scoring 51 goals this season was that 11 different players scored goals," Lemberg said.
Leading the way was Alex Mello, who had 22 goals. He was followed by Chris Grant with nine goals. Zack Voltmer added five and Alex Statkus, Chandler Haas and Tyler McIntyre each had three. Dylan Taylor had two goals on the season and Martin Kovacic had one.
The coach was particularly proud of his defense this year and three defenders scored goals -- Ethan Griffin, Carson Burton and Austin Bain.
"As with the goals, there were 11 different Badgers who had assists during the year," Lemberg pointed out.
McIntyre and Mello led the team in assists, with five each. Zack Voltmer had three assists and Grant, Statkus and Victor Salazar each had two. Badgers with one assist for year were Michael Neff, Dylan Taylor, Martin Kovacic, Oliver Curley and Tristan Rhoan.
"As indicated by the number of players who scored or assisted on a score, the strength of this team this year was their teamwork," Lemberg said. "This group had a ball-control style of play and they built their confidence as the year went on."
Team captains were Grant, Voltmer and Statkus.
The Badger defense was centered around Webb all season long.
"Tristan had a terrific year and his last three games were spectacular," Lemberg said. "Not only did he stop three penalty kicks in those games, but he made some remarkable saves."
Although Lemberg said this year's team was led by some strong seniors who will missed next year. returners will make a good nucleus of players that should be strong next year.
"We will return five strong starters including our leading scorer Mello," Lemberg said. "We were particularly impressed by the very strong play of our two sophomores, Oliver Curley and Tyler McIntrye. We hope that making the playoffs will become a tradition for boys soccer at Yosemite."
The team will hold its awards banquet in early March at Sierra Vista Presbyterian Church.