Soccer team 2nd place

After getting two North Sequoia League wins last week, the Yosemite High girls soccer team (8-6-1, 4-2 NSL) is tied for second with Sierra (9-5, 4-2). Liberty - Madera Ranchos (12--3-2, 6-0) sits in first place, undefeated in league play.

The Lady Badgers beat Chowchilla 4-1 at Chowchilla on Jan. 30, in what Coach Venassa Jasper called “an awesome game ... my midfielders, senior Kelsi Stieler, junior Rose Curley, sophomore Riley Ashton, and junior Balanna Ramos played tremendously well. They helped keep control of the game with their ball handling and supported the forwards with great assists.”

Freshman Peyton Garner scored 3 of the goals and Curley got her first goal for the season.

Prior to the Kerman game, Yosemite beat Washington Union 4-0 at home on Jan. 28.

Senior Haley Nott scored 2 goals, freshman Sarah Meeks scored once, and Garner headed a ball which bounced off a Union player and into the goal.

The team played Kerman Wednesday (scores not available at press time), and Sierra visits Yosemite Friday. Friday’s game is Senior Night and the last home game of the regular season for the Badgers.

“It will be an exciting game against Sierra,” Jasper said. “Both teams are pretty evenly matched. I hope Mountain Area soccer fans come out Friday to see a great game.”

The JV teams play at 4 p.m. - Varsity at 5:30.

Injuries deplete boys team

The Yosemite boys team (2-11-1, 1-4-1) missing five players due to sickness and injuries, lost two NSL games last week.

On Jan. 29, the team traveled to Chowchilla (9-6-2, 4-2), losing to the Redskins 4-0.

On Jan. 27, the Badgers lost to the Washington Union Panthers (14-4, 4-1) 5-0.

“It was the best Washington Union team we have played since I started coaching here,” said Coach Rick Lemberg.

The Badgers were missing four players last week due to injury (Paul Esposito, Keegan Brown, Connor Wallace, Jarrett Barone), and one more player, Quentin Lawrence, was out sick. Two more players, Oliver Curley, and Russell Zelazo were both playing sick.

“We actually played pretty decent last week, considering we weren’t at full strength,” Lemberg said. “We moved the ball fairly well and had a few good shots. But we didn’t handle their offensive attack very well. Even with the injuries and athletes playing sick, we have yet to play to our potential.”

The boys team hosts Sierra Feb. 5. The JV teams play at 4 p.m.- varsity at 5:30.

Staff report