The team won just one of its four matches at the Pitman Pride Cup tournament in Turlock. But for Patterson coach Greg Hartsell, the outing signified a step in the right direction.
“It was a really productive exercise for us,” Hartsell said. “We learned a lot about our team, and we hope to build on it moving forward as we get ready for the upcoming season.”
Patterson lost to Merced High, and then Riverbank High, 2-1, on Friday, Aug. 24, before defeating Tracy’s Kimball High, 5-2, and dropping the tournament finale to Franklin High of Stockton, 3-1, on Saturday, Aug. 25.
“Everyone (on the team) is still getting used to each other, still jelling,” Hartsell said. “Players are still getting to know each other out on the field.”
Retaining a high ranking in regional polls is of no consequence, he added.
Hartsell has arranged a tough preseason schedule that might not do much for the team’s overall record, but will help the Tigers prepare for Western Athletic Conference play, the coach said.
“We schedule these matches so we can identify areas where we need to make improvements, but they also give the kids a feel for where we stand,” Hartsell said.
In the match against Merced, senior Kiki Gonzalez notched a goal to pace the Tiger offense.
Sophomore Marcos Melendez scored Patterson’s lone goal against Ceres.
Gonzalez led the attack against Kimball, tallying a pair of goals, while junior teammates Ricardo Alcateur, Israel Sotelo and Osvaldo Barbosa added a goal apiece.
Patterson sophomore Oscar Toledo found the back of the net against Franklin.
“We were out there working hard, but we didn’t control the ball well enough, and we didn’t finish,” Hartsell said. “It’s still early, so we’ll have plenty of time to work on the things we need to.”
Patterson will continue its season Friday, Aug. 31, when it competes in Manteca High’s Buffalo Cup Tournament.
The JV Tigers handed Riverbank a 5-0 loss to win the runner-up game of the Pitman Pride Cup in Turlock.
“I’m happy with where we were against Riverbank, but I don’t want to say we’re satisfied,” said Patterson coach Cade Tomasegovich. “We aren’t there yet, but we will get there.”
Following a 3-1 triumph against Merced in the first round, Patterson posted a 3-1 win against Atwater’s Buhach Colony before falling 2-1 to Franklin.
Goals by Robert Rodriguez, Mauricio Gallardo, Jordy Corral and Anthony Sobarzo led Patterson to the victory against Riverbank.
Gallardo scored two goals for Patterson against Merced, and Rodriguez added another.
Corral and Gallardo both found the back of the net against Buhach Colony.
Corral tallied Patterson’s only goal against Franklin.
“If we can play at our peak and our starting 11 can remain strong, we can win a lot of games this season,” Tomasegovich said.
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