Shorthanded Tigers salvage final day of Manteca tourney
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The Patterson High varsity girls soccer team, hampered by injuries and player schedule conflicts, finished fifth in the Vern Gebhardt Champions Cup at Sierra High School played Friday, March 8, and Saturday, March 9.

The Tigers defeated Lathrop High 3-1 and edged Western Athletic Conference rival Ceres High 7-6 in a shootout after a 1-1 tie in regulation on the second day of the tournament in Manteca.

Patterson (2-4-3 overall) didn’t play like a team shaken by recent struggles, with junior Riquel Benitez and seniors Karina Vallafana and Claudia Barron all suffering injuries during the tournament, according to coach Cade Tomasegovich.

“I was totally proud of how the team played on Saturday,” Tomasegovich said. “We were decimated by injury and we still came out hard and won.”

Seniors Cristina Tinoco and Gracie Bradley and junior Eli Varela scored against Lathrop. Varela also provided an assist.

“The team only had one substitution player during this game, and we had five starters out,” Tomasegovich said.

When neither Patterson nor Ceres could gain the advantage in regulation, the match moved to penalty kicks.

In the seventh round, goalkeeper Berenice Ayala, a junior, stopped a Ceres shot, giving Patterson the victory.

“With the recent barrage of injuries, it totally changes the lineup and the cohesion,” Tomasegovich said. “Luckily, there is a lot of talent on this team and I have been able to adjust.”

On Friday, Patterson lost to Enochs High of Modesto 6-1 and tied Linden High 1-1.

Tinoco scored the team’s only goal against Enochs, while senior Rebekah Ruiz scored on a corner kick against Linden.

Physically, the Tigers’ effort was apparent Saturday, especially among new additions to the lineup, Tomasegovich said. Several first-time varsity players took the pitch to fill in roster holes.

“I hope the players with some minor injuries step it up and get themselves ready to play,” Tomasegovich said. “Hopefully, with league season starting and less games per week, the healing time will be quicker and we can get into a routine.”

Patterson (0-1 WAC) continues the league season at 4 p.m. Thursday, March 14, at Los Banos High.

Livingston 2, Patterson 1

Patterson began its WAC season with loss to the Livingston High Wolves on Thursday, March 7.

The Tigers initially appeared to be in control of the game in Livingston after senior Claudia Barron scored with a header in the match’s third minute.

Barron’s header to the back of the net was set up by junior Eli Varela, who gathered the ball at midfield and forced her way to the edge of the goalkeeper’s box, where she crossed the ball to Barron.

Patterson’s one-goal advantage evaporated after halftime, however.

Selina Olivera scored on a penalty kick to tie the match, and Roxanna Barragan connected on a 20-yard shot to give Livingston (1-0) the lead for good.

JV: Patterson 8, Livingston 2

Paulina Hernandez led the JV Tigers with four goals in a rout of the host Livingston High Wolves on Thursday.

Imelda Zepeda, Brenda Vargas, Sofia Pepe and Lupe Ventura also scored for Patterson.

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