Soccer team ties Kerman 0-0

January 21, 2014 

The Yosemite High School boys varsity soccer team (2-8-3, 0-1-1 NSL) played Kerman last Friday, and after playing double overtime after regulation play, the game ended in a 0-0 tie.

"At Kerman we may well have played our best game of the season," said coach Rick Lemberg. "We played very well for most of the game. By the time the two overtime periods (10 minutes each) came we had lost two of our best defenders, Austin Bain and Chance McGee, to injuries. The rest of the team rallied and didn't allow Kerman to score in the overtime. We had our share of shots during the game, but couldn't get one in the net."

Lemberg praised Badger goal keeper Tristan Webb, for having "an incredible game."

"Tristan made numerous saves including two in the last minutes of the game that preserved the tie," Lemberg said.

The team opened North Sequoia League play Jan. 15, on the road at Chowchilla, losing 3-0.

"At Chowchilla we got off to a slow start and were down 3-0 at halftime," Lemberg said.

Although the Badger defense did not allow a goal in the second half, Yosemite was unable to score.

"The second half we got much more aggressive — Chowchilla is a very good team," Lemberg said.

The boys JV team lost to Chowchilla 6-0.

The team played Sierra at home Wednesday (score unavailable at press time) and play at Liberty Friday. The next home game is at 6 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 29, against Washington Union.

Girls beat Kerman 3-1

The girls varsity team (2-7-3, 1-1 NSL) opened league Jan. 14, with a 2-0 loss at Chowchilla (6-9-1).

The Badgers started the game with two of four starting defenders unable to play. Kattie Whitcomb was sick and Brooklynn Bradgon had to sit out the game due to an injury.

Chowchilla scored two goals in the first 30 minutes of the first half.

"We came back hard in the second half but couldn't finish the job," Jasper said.

"Having Katie and Brooklynn out of the game, seemed to hurt the team mentally before the game even started," said coach Vanessa Jasper. "It was a very frustrating game to watch. The team seemed to struggle from the start."

The JV game ended in a 1-1 tie.

Slocum scores twice

The team regrouped and traveled to Kerman High (6-10) on Jan. 16, beating the Lions 3-1.

"We came on strong against Kerman with Sierrah Slocum scoring two goals in the first 20 minutes of the first half," Jasper said. "Kerman fought hard but we dominated and finished well."

Maya Mendonca scored the Badger's third goal towards the end of the second half.

"We considered this a must-win game for us to refuel and get our confidence back," Jasper said. "I'm excited to see what the coming weeks have in store for us."

The JV team lost 2-0.

The girls team plays at Liberty today (Thursday) and travels to Washington Union Jan. 28. The girls host Chowchilla at 6 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 30.

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