Patterson back on winning track
by PI Staff
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After starting this season with nine straight wins, the Patterson High varsity boys soccer team hit a skid, dropping two of three matches to tough Western Athletic Conference opponents, before recently recovering for its third straight league shutout victory.

Following Patterson’s 5-0 home win against Pacheco High of Los Banos on Oct. 8, the Tigers went on to blank visiting Livingston High, 1-0, on Thursday, Oct. 10.

The Tigers (13-2 overall, 5-2 WAC) have outscored their opponents 12-0 during their current three-game winning streak. Starting this week, Patterson was in third place in the conference, behind first-place Central Valley High of Ceres (7-0) and runner-up Ceres High (6-1).

The top three teams in the conference will qualify for the Division III tournament.

Patterson coach Greg Hartsell said after the Tigers' latest win that he thought the team needed to become more resilient to bounce back.

"The approach we're taking into the second half of the league season is simple: every game is crucial for us," Hartsell said.

The match against Livingston (2-5 WAC) was a nail-biter, he added.

Patterson got the only tally it would need in the fifth minute as Osvaldo Barbosa found the back of the net on an assist from Jose Morales, completing a season-series sweep of the Livingston Wolves.

The Tigers went 2-0 this year against the Wolves, including a 3-2 triumph Sept. 17.

Last week, goalkeeper Carlos Moreno and the Tiger defense made the one goal stand up for the win.

"Our defense won that game for us," Hartsell said. "Carlos made a couple of really nice saves to preserve the win."

Patterson used three different players to break open a match with a trio of goals through the first 40 minutes to defeat the Pacheco Panthers.

"We moved the ball around a lot better, and took a step forward," Hartsell said. "Pacheco is a team that has given some other league teams difficulty. We were able to play them solid."

Andres Herrera, Marcos Melendez and Israel Sotelo tallied one first-half goal each for the Tigers. Teammate Wilver Barajas also lit up the scoreboard with a pair of late goals for Patterson.

Patterson will continue its league season at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 17, when it will host the Los Banos Tigers.

Junior varsity

Patterson’s JV team (1-3-1 WAC) played to a 2-2 stalemate against Livingston on Thursday, Oct. 10 at Patterson Community Stadium.

The Tigers had no trouble with Pacheco, easing past the visiting team 5-2 on Oct. 8.

Contact Marc Aceves at 892-6187, ext. 28, or marc@pattersonirrigator.com.
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