The Yosemite High School boys soccer team (12-7, 6-4 North Sequoia League) has received the No. 8 seed in the CIF Central Section D-IV playoffs with a 6 p.m. opening round game Feb. 13 at home against the No. 9 seed Kerman Lions.
The last time the team was in the playoffs was eight years ago.
The Badgers ended league play last week with a 2-1 home loss to Washington Union on Feb. 5 and a 4-1 win at Chowchilla Feb. 7, ending the season in second place behind Union in the NSL.
Washington Union beat Yosemite on a penalty kick after a questionable call late in the game.
Kerman ended the NSL season in fourth place.
After losing in Kerman on Jan. 10, Yosemite beat the Lions 2-0 at home on Jan. 26.
If the Badgers win Tuesday’s match, the team will advance to face the No. 1 seed Lindsey in the D-IV quarterfinals on Thursday, Feb. 15 at Lindsey.
“The team has been successful all season with on the field communication and organization as well as mental and physical toughness,” Head Coach David Cicolett1 said. “Tomorrow night, we just need to go out there with confidence, have fun and play our game - if we do that, then we’ll likely win the game, just like we’ve done 12 other times this year.”
Girls team makes playoffs
The Yosemite girls soccer team (13-6-1, 5-3-1 NSL- 3rd place) finished the regular season last week with a 3-0 win over Chowchilla, the last game of the regular season. Peyton Garner scored 2 goals giving her 48 on the season.
Freshman Kendall Hurtado scored the third goal for the Lady Badgers. She has now scored 8 goals for the season and has 5 assists.
“being the last game of the regular season made for a very emotional game for the ladies,’ said Coach Vannessa Jasper. “We are losing eight seniors and the team really looks up to the older girls and this group especially had some amazing leaders. Thankfully we came out with the win and moving onto playoffs.”
The team received the No. 8 seed in the Central Section D-III playoffs and will play Lemoore at home at 6 p.m. Wednesday.
“We were scheduled to play Washington Union on Feb. 5, but due to the lack of refs coming to our games we decided to forfeit,” Jasper said. “A hard decision, but YHS strongly believes safety is a major priority for our athletes. We played some games with just one ref - that’s ridiculous. I was tired of watching girls get beat with no calls made. I have two girls now out for their season due to concussions. This has been a problem not just for us, but up down the valley schools have been complaining about the lack of refs. I decided to take a stand in hopes it would send a message to league officials.”