The Yosemite High School’s girls varsity soccer team finished its preseason schedule 10-3, including three wins at home last week.
On Tuesday, Jan 2, the Lady Badgers dominated Caruthers 8-0.
Peyton Garner, a senior, scored 4 goals and freshman Emily Rich scored 2 goals. The other 2 goals were scored by another freshman, Kendall Hurtado and senior Kara Eckstein.
On Jan. 4, Yosemite played Sunnyside High of Fresno, and had another strong game winning 7-3.
Garner again scored 4 goals and Rich upped her game a bit to score three times.
The very next day, Yosemite hosted Fowler and once again dominated the game winning 8-2.
Against Fowler, the talented Garner scored 5 goals (giving her 13 in the three games). The team’s other goals came from sophomore Halle Essery, junior Monique Ades and junior Ashley Tune getting the last goal of the game.
The combined scores of the three games had Yosemite outscoring their opponents 23-5.
Garner’s 26 goals makes her the leading scorer for the Lady Badgers at the end of pre-league play. Second leading scorer is the 4-foot-11, 85 pound Rich who has made 10 goals in the team’s first 13 games.
“Peyton and Emily both are having an outstanding season so far,” Coach Vanessa Jasper said, and also points out senior goalie Charlotte Borough who has recorded 19 saves this season.
Jasper is excited about starting play in North Sequoia League.
“I couldn’t be more excited for league to start. The team is really starting to gel together and it’s exciting to see,” Jasper said after last week’s three wins. “We have big goals and we know we will be facing some strong competition in league.”
Jasper points to Liberty-Madera Ranchos as the favorite to win the league title, although she does not rule out the chance for her Lady Badgers to win it all.
“If we bring it against Liberty, I’d say we have a chance at taking league this year,” Jasper said.
JV team 5-3
The JV girls also had a good pre-season at 5-3, finishing with a 6-0 win over Fowler.
Coach Sam Mendez said this season looks very promising for his JV squad.
“As long as we can keep this momentum these girls will be a force to be reckoned with,” Mendez said. “Most of my players are freshman so next season will be just as exciting." Come out a watch these young ladies put up a good match on the pitch at home against Kerman this Wednesday at 4:30.
League play this week
The team opens league play at home against Kerman on Wednesday this week and on Friday, along with the YHS boys and girls basketball teams, travel to Sierra. All girls varsity soccer games start at 6 p.m., with JV games beginning at 4:30.
Both Jasper and Mendez encourage the community to come out to Badger Stadium and support the Lady Badgers.
“You won’t be disappointed by the quality of these games,” Jasper said.