Behind a defense that refused to give up a goal, Patterson returned home from the challenging two-day Turlock tournament without a loss.
“We played against some really good teams in our bracket,” said Patterson coach Greg Hartsell. “To come out of it with all shutouts was impressive.”
Hartsell added he was impressed with his squad in their season debut, and with the influx of different players throughout the games and the contributions they put forth.
“We played with such energy out there,” he said. “Our entire team was responsible for that success.”
The Tigers (4-0) opened the tournament Friday, Aug. 30, against Buhach Colony High of Atwater, posting a 1-0 shutout. Patterson’s Andres Herrera scored the game’s only goal, and goalkeepers Jose Rodriguez and Carlos Moreno combined for several saves.
Jordy Corral added an assist for Patterson.
“We started off a bit nervous,” Hartsell said. “But after the nerves left us, we really dominated that game.”
A second-half goal by Corral gave the Tigers a 1-0 victory against Beyer High of Modesto on Friday. Patterson’s Oscar Toledo tallied the lone assist against the Beyer Patriots.
“Beyer had a really good goalie — probably one of the best we’ve seen in a while,” Hartsell said. “We must have put about 12 shots on goal in that game. But we got the decisive goal when we needed it.”
Three Patterson players scored and Rodriguez turned in two more halves of perfect play in front of the net as the Tigers continued the tournament with a 6-0 rout of Riverbank High on Saturday.
Herrera had four first-half goals to lead the Patterson attack, while teammates Alonzo Ortega and Israel Sotelo added a goal apiece.
Herrera, Anthony Arrevalo and Osvaldo Barbosa each found the back of the net against Monterey Trail.
“Tbe team is gelling quickly. We looked aggressive out there,” Hartsell said. “But we want to continue to see more of the same. I don’t want this tournament to go to our heads. We need to stay humble. There’s a lot of work that we still have to do.”
The Tigers will continue their season at 4 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 5, when they travel to face Newman’s Orestimba High.
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