The Tigers are tied for third place with the Central Valley High Hawks, having squandered a one-goal halftime lead over the Hawks in a game that ended in a 2-2 draw Thursday, April 11.
The top three teams in the league qualify for the Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV playoffs, and a win Thursday would have given Patterson a clear claim to third place.
“It ultimately is going to come down to effort,” said Patterson coach Cade Tomasegovich. “We need to have everyone on the team giving what they can. The talent is there when we want to turn it on. But when things aren’t working, we end up with a disappointing tie.”
Play was physical during the two 40-minute halves as momentum shifted back and forth, but Patterson failed to score in the second half despite numerous opportunities in the box.
“This season, we’ve done a lot of playing down to our opponents’ level,” Tomasegovich said. “Instead of dictating how things go, ... we’re not going all out for a win. We’re waiting and then reacting.”
Michelle Hernandez scored for Central Valley (4-3-1 WAC) in the 10th minute of the first half, making the score 1-0 in favor of the home team.
Patterson senior Claudia Barron scored the equalizing goal in the 26th minute, midway through the first half.
She scored again with about three minutes left in the half for a 2-1 halftime advantage, dribbling up the right side of the pitch and fighting off pressure from a Hawk defender.
“What’s holding us back is our lack of communication and effort,” Barron said. “It’s not just one player. We need to work on things as a whole.”
In the second half, Patterson senior Cristina Tinoco took the ball near the halfway line and booted it toward the goal. The ball sailed over a pair of players trying to head it away and over the Central Valley keeper, who turned and snared the ball just before it crossed the goal line.
Three minutes later, Patterson senior Rebekah Ruiz took a shot after Barron delivered a pass from the left side, but it sailed high, bouncing off the crossbar.
Hernandez scored again for the Hawks in the 51st minute, tying the game at 2.
“Playoffs is still what we are striving for,” Barron said. “We need to have the mindset to play as a team. That’s the way that we will get the results that we want.”
The Tigers will travel to Ceres High to continue their league season at 4 p.m. Thursday, April 18.
Patterson’s JV team (6-1 WAC) had no trouble with Central Valley, easing past the home team 6-0 on Thursday.
Cynthia Cantero tallied three goals for Patterson. Paulina Gonzalez, Julia Sill and Avery Chairez added a goal each.
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