“I’m hoping the preseason is a reality check for the amount of work that has to be put in if we want to achieve success,” Tomasegovich said. “This hasn’t been as easy as it should have been. There are matches where we were clearly outplayed, and then there are matches that we hurt ourselves.”
Sonora High edged the Tigers 5-4 in a shootout after the teams played to a 1-1 tie in regulation at the Spring Bash Tournament in Ceres on Friday, March 1. Patterson fell to Galt High 1-0 on Saturday, March 2.
“The team is not playing together,” Tomasegovich said. “We played very poorly and should not have lost against Sonora or Galt. Some players are acting as individuals, not part of the team.”
Patterson (1-3-1) closed the tournament with a 6-0 shutout of Delta Charter of Tracy and returned home from the tournament at Central Valley High with its first victory.
Claudia Barron, Riquel Benitez, Karissa Cruz, Nayeli Guererro, Brooke Hejnal and Cristina Tinoco scored in the victory. Barron made two assists, and Benitez, Tinoco, Rebekah Ruiz and Eliana Varela provided an assist each.
Tinoco scored the team’s only goal against Sonora.
“We are working very hard on moving without the ball — positioning, anticipation, reading the plays,” Tomasegovich said. “Melanie Martinez played exceptionally well this weekend at both wing and center-midfield.”
The problem, the coach said, is that opponents continue to exploit Patterson’s inexperience at the goalkeeper position.
“My field players are solid, but without a goalie it seems to have a ripple effect,” Tomasegovich said. “I wish I had a good answer for my goalie situation. The players that could play it best are either too valuable on the pitch or too selfish to give it a legitimate shot.”
The Tigers open the Western Athletic Conference season with a road match at 4 p.m. Thursday, March 7, at Livingston High (0-1-2).
“That will be where we find out what were made of this season,” Tomasegovich said.
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