Cold rain and brisk, chilly winds didn’t deter the boys varsity soccer team from winning two out of three games — including the consolation trophy — at the Garces Tournament in Bakersfield on Dec. 18 and 19.
The Broncos lost their first game 1-0, and the ironic and tragic part of that loss was that Coast Union scored the lone goal for Burroughs High School.
“We scored our own goal,” head coach Luis Plasencia reported.
A Broncos player, defending his own goal, tried to kick the ball away, and it ricocheted back into the goal for the game winner for Burroughs, which went on to play for the title and was nipped 2-1 by eventual tournament champion Atascadero.
Coast Union then played Garces High School, the tournament host, at 9 a.m. Saturday, and prevailed 2-1.
“As soon as we started playing, it started raining. They played in the cold and rain, and they’re not used to that,” Plasencia reported.
Ricky Abitia and Luis Alberto Lizaola knocked in the goals for Coast. The third game the Broncos played, the runner-up/consolation tilt, was against San Joaquin Memorial High School from Fresno, and Coast won, 2-1.
“Hopefully from the games in Bakersfield we will start scoring goals,” Plasencia said.
By the second game, the Broncos began communicating better with one another on the field, addressing a problem that had existed through much of the early season, the coach explained.
Plasencia will hold three practices Christmas week and four the week of New Year’s Eve. “We have to have practices; otherwise we lose the continuity that we have built up,” he said.
The next home match for the Broncos will be at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 6, against Tranquillity.
The Lady Broncos won two out of three soccer matches in rainy and chilly Bakersfield this past weekend, placing second in the Silver B Division of the Garces Soccer Tournament.
On Friday, Dec. 18, Coast shut out Bakersfield’s West High School 3-0. On Saturday, the Lady Broncos defeated Wasco 2-1 in the semifinal. Later Saturday, Coast Union was soundly defeated by Taft in the championship game 7-1, according to head coach Jack Mettier.
Winning two of three games was impressive, but it was all the more meaningful because the coach said his team won notwithstanding the loss of four starters to injuries.
“All in all, I was extremely proud of the girls … and was extremely thankful to them for the way they played,” Mettier said. “I have been waiting all season to see them play that way … the way they are capable of playing … even though it rained on us Saturday and was very cold.”
Martha Gomez scored four goals in the tournament, Pauline Torres scored one, and Kaelani Ribiera added a goal.
The next home match — after the team participates in the Morro Bay Tournament and travels to McFarland on Jan. 5 — is set for 4:30 p.m. Jan. 6 against Tranquillity.
This report is special to The Cambrian.