The Yosemite High boys soccer team lost to Kerman 3-0 on the road Feb. 3, giving up all three goals in the first half.
“We gave them two goals on defensive mistakes, and they scored a third on an incredible shot,” said Coach Rick Lemberg. “The second half we stiffened up and played much better, keeping them from scoring, but just couldn’t get a goal ourselves.”
On Feb. 5, it was Oliver Curley leading the team to a 2-1 overtime win over rival Sierra at home on Raupp Field.
Curley scored both goals for the Badgers - the first one, in the first half, came on a great kick from 30 yards out. Sierra tied the game on a penalty kick when a Yosemite player was called for a foul in the penalty box. Then in overtime, Curley stepped-up to score the game-winning goal by tapping in a long cross-shot from Tyler McIntrye.
“Oliver placed himself at the far post of the goal and when the ball came through all the players, he punched it in to give us the victory,” Lemberg said.
The Sierra game was also Senior Night for the team. Four seniors were recognized for their contributions to the team including Curley (3 years on varsity), Tyler McIntrye (3 years on varsity), Summit Pears (2 years on varsity), and Gregory Royse (one year on varsity).
“These young men will be missed by next year’s team,” Lemberg said.
The team will play its last two games on the road this week, with the last game of the season at Washington Union today (Thursday).
In a well-played game Feb. 4, the Lady Badgers (4-2-1 NSL) soccer team tied Kerman 1-1 at the end of overtime.
The team played Sierra at home on Feb. 6, with the Chieftains winning 1-0.
“We had many opportunities to score and dominated most of the game but couldn’t capitalize,” Coach Venassa Jasper said.
The Sierra game was Senior Night for the Badgers who recognized five players for the team including Sierrah Slocum, Sav Rich, Maddison Kollenborn, Haley Nott, and Kelsi Stieler for their contributions to the YHS soccer program.
The team will finish league play this week on the road, with the last game at Washington Union Friday.
With the best league record in recent years, the team hopes to advance to the division play-offs after league play.
- Yosemite High Correspondent