The game to determine who would take the lead in North Sequoia League girls soccer standings between Yosemite and Liberty was played Monday in the Madera Ranchos, after the original contest Jan. 20 was canceled by rain.
A strong Liberty team (9-4-2, 3-0 NSL), won 5-1. Savannah Bohna had the lone goal for the Badgers.
Although Yosemite (12-3, 3-1 NSL) was off to its best start in years, the Hawks were the preseason favorite to again win league this season. After besting the Badgers, they have now won 69 straight league games over the past seven seasons.
“I know our team wanted this win bad,” YHS Coach Vanessa Jasper said. “It was a tough game and a hard loss. They had an uphill battle facing a very physical team, some questionable calls, and some team frustrations. Everyone played tough and I’m proud they kept their tempers in check during the game and never for a moment gave up.”
Although the Yosemite boys soccer team got beat by an outstanding Washington Union team 5-0 last week, the girls team visited Easton on Sept. 21 and came home with a 4-0 win over the Panthers (3-11-3, 1-3 NSL).
The game was close at half with the Badgers holding a 1-0 advantage from a Peyton Garner goal. In the second half, Yosemite got goals from senior Rose Curley and two more from Garner, a sophomore.
Garner has 22 goals with eight regular season games left to play. Riley Ashton has 10. The school single season record is 35.
Yosemite’s goaltenders Regina Outerbridge and Katie Lemos kept Union scoreless.
Yosemite played Chowchilla on Tuesday (score not available at press time) and hosts Kerman at 5:30 p.m., JV starting at 4 p.m. on Thursday. The team travels to Sierra on Feb. 3, and hosts Liberty on Feb. 5.
Boys beat twice
The Badgers boys team (2-6, 0-4 NSL) lost to Liberty (5-13-1, 1-3 NSL) at home 3-1 Jan. 20.
“The effort was good, we just couldn’t put together a significant offensive attack,” YHS Coach Rick Lemberg said.
Yosemite’s score came from Dalin Hass on a shot from 35 yards out that went over the goalkeeper’s head.
On Jan. 22, the team played at Washington Union (14-4-2, 3-1 NSL), getting shut out 5-0.
“We played pretty well, but Union has a great team this year,” Lemberg said. “They have now scored 84 goals for the season which breaks their old school record, and they still have at least seven more games. They have great finishers and took it to us. I was proud of our boys for playing hard throughout the whole game.”
The team played Chowchilla Wednesday (scores not available at press time), and host Kerman on Friday. The JV game starts at 3:30 p.m., varsity 5 p.m..