The Minarets Mustangs boys soccer team played host to the Yosemite Badgers Jan. 9, the last game before both teams entered league play this week.
Both teams were in search of their first win of the season and coach Rick Lemberg and his Badgers came away with a 2-0 victory.
Both teams were not at full strength for the game. Minarets was playing without two of their starters, and the Badger's center midfielder, Oliver Curley, tried to play but couldn't because of an injury.
Yosemite's first goal was provided by Carson Conti on an assist from Alex Mello. The team's second goal was headed in by Austin Bain on an assist from Tyler McIntrye.
Minarets coach Zach Carter has his team playing very competitive ball but is still looking for his first win.
Yosemite had its first league game of the season Wednesday in Chowchilla (8-4-2). The Redskins have impressive wins this season against Fowler, Lemoore, and Orange Cove. Last year's 19-5 team won the North Sequoia League title. The results of the game were not available at press time.
On Jan. 17, the Badgers travel to Kerman (8-5-1). The Badgers host Sierra at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 22.
The Mustangs are looking forward to the addition of sophomore Jasper Phillips to the team. Phillips recently concluded play with the San Jose Earth Quakers sponsored youth team.
The Mustangs opened league play Tuesday against Fowler (2-7-1). The Red Cats won two games and tied one against the Mustangs last season and finished just ahead of the Mustangs in West Sequoia League standings. Jan. 17 the Mustangs travel to Riverdale to play the Cowboys (7-3-1).
Girls tie 1-1
The Yosemite and Minarets girls varsity soccer teams meet for the first time ever Jan. 9.
"Nerves and excitement were high for both teams these girls have grown up playing soccer together," said Badger coach Vanessa Jasper. "There were friendships on both teams developed long before high school soccer, however once the game started, both teams brought the intensity."
Yosemite freshman Riley Ashton scored the first goal in the first half of the game. Minutes later, the Mustang's Mikaela Fringer scored to tie the game at 1-1.
By the end of the second half the score was still tied 1-1. The game went into overtime with two 10 minute halves, although neither team was able to score to get the win.
"It was one of the hardest fought soccer games I have seen in a while," said Minarets coach Mary Pearson.
"I'm so proud of how hard the girls played and yet at the end of the game the reunion of long-time friends from both teams started with hugs, laughter, and pictures," said Jasper.
The Yosemite boys JV team defeated Minarets 4-1.
Jonathon Mulkey scored two goals, and Isaiah Forney and Quentin Lawrence each scored one goal.
JV girls win
Taylor Schaeffer scored the first goal and Kaytlin Coffman added two more in the Yosemite High JV team's (7-3) 3-0 win over Minarets Jan. 9.
"Both teams played a very tough game, and though we sustained a few moderate injuries, we were able to pull through with a win," said Badger coach Shelby Collings. "This team is full of lively spirited young ladies who love to have fun, work hard and play hard. We look forward to a successful season on and off the field."
Yosemite varsity soccer player Alek Mello controlls the ball during the Badgers 2-0 win over the Minartes Mustangs Jan. 9 at Minarets. Mello assisted Carson Conti on one of the Badger's goals.