The Yosemite High girls soccer team (9-4-1, 2-1-1 NSL) dominated the first week of North Sequoia League play, beating Kerman 9-1 on Raupp field Jan. 10 behind the five goals of senior Peyton Garner.
Four other Lady Badgers scored including two freshman (Emily Rich and Kendall Hurtado), junior Addison McCully and senior Savannah Bohna.
The team continued its offensive onslaught at Sierra on Jan. 12, beating the Chieftains 11-1. It was again Garner leading the attack with four goals, with Bohna adding 3, three , Again Peyton lead the scoring with 4 goals, Emily scoring 2 goals, Monique Ades (Junior) scoring 1 goal, and Addison scoring 1 goal. The girls played outstanding their first week.
In the second week of league play, the Badgers hosted the Liberty Hawks (14-5, 5-0 NSL) on Jan. 17, the team that has won the league title 9 times since the 2003 season.
Both YHS Coach Vanessa Jasper and Liberty Coach Erick Walker, were not happy that for some reason only one ref officiated the game.
“That was a hard way to start a rival game,” Jasper said. “We have never played a game with just one ref, but I will say she did a good job.”
Jasper said the Hawks play aggressive soccer, pressing fast and efficiently.
“We have been playing outstanding soccer, but unfortunately they got two quick goals on us early in the game,” Jasper said.
The Badgers fought back getting within 1 of the Hawks (3-2), before falling 5-2.
“There are things we need to work on before we face them again (Feb. 2 at Liberty), but I couldn’t be prouder of this team,” Jasper said. “They gave 100% of themselves against Liberty.”
Garner scored Yosemite’s two goals against Liberty with assists from Bohna.
On Jan. 19, YHS played Washington Union at home, and unfortunately once again one ref showed up to officiate the game.
“Were not sure why we are only getting one ref up here but it is causing our games to be stressful and unsafe,” Jasper said. “The girls seemed frustrated with this in the beginning and perhaps a bit beaten-down from the Liberty game.”
Regardless, the team dominated the game.
“Washington Union has a great defense and they concentrated heavily on Peyton and she was only able to get one goal in the net,” Jasper said. “By the end of the game we were tied 1-1. We went into overtime and played two 10 minute halves, but neither team could score and the game ended in a 1-1.”
Garner has new scoring record
According to Jasper, Garner now has 36 goals on the season, a new single season scoring record at the school, with six more games to play, not including playoffs. She is also the leading scorer in the NSL.
“Needless to say, Peyton is having a great season,” Jasper said.
The 5-foot-4, 85 pound Rich is No. 4 in the league for scoring with 10 goals along with her 7 assists.
The team hosts Kerman at home Friday and Sierra on Jan. 31.