December brought a lot of growth and development to the Yosemite High girls varsity and JV soccer teams, highlighted with the varsity team winning its division at the Roosevelt Tournament in early December.
After a 1-0 loss to host Roosevelt, the Lady Badgers tied San Joaquin Memorial 0-0, beat Roosevelt in the next round 1-0, and beat Dinuba 1-0 for the division title.
“Both teams are developing well,” said Coach Vanessa Jasper. “Our seasons are short but with so much playing time, the learning curve and growth of the players has been tremendous.”
After the tournament, the Badgers hosted Clovis East on Dec. 9, losing 4-1, but came back to defeat McLane 6-0 on Dec. 11.
The team traveled to Reedley Dec. 15, losing 2-0 in the pouring rain.
“Our first half is always the hardest and Reedley came to play the moment the whistle blew,” Jasper said. “We woke-up in the second half and worked hard and held them but weren’t able to finish.”
On Dec. 18, Yosemite played Fresno High at home, winning 2-1.
“It was a very physical game, and the girls played very hard,” Jasper said.
Peyton Garner scored both goals for Yosemite.
“As preseason starts to wrap up and the girls prepare for their league play they are reminded that nothing comes easy and you need to show up, play hard, and give 100% at all times,” Jasper said. “I'm excited to see this team play in league. They are a great group of athletes and every game they are improving.”
The girls play Caruthers away on Jan. 6, and at Minarets Jan. 8. League play opens at home against Chowchilla on Jan. 14.
- Yosemite High Correspondent