The Tigers competed against three other schools in the tournament hosted at Central Valley High School, winning one of three matches at the annual event for a second straight season.
"Trapping, shooting and heading the ball are things we definitely have to work on still," said Patterson coach Cade Tomasegovich. "If the girls acknowledge that and put in the necessary work at practice and go all out during the matches -- I'm staying positive. If we continue to play like we did at this tournament, it will be a long season."
Linden High edged the Tigers 1-0 in the tournament opener on Friday, March 7. Patterson rebounded with its first victory of the season, defeating Ceres High 1-0 on Saturday, March 8.
But the local contingent closed the tournament with a 3-1 defeat against Central Valley and returned home from the event searching for answers, according to Tomasegovich.
"I'm pretty surprised by our 1-3 record, especially since the teams we've played weren't superior skill-wise," Tomasegovich said. "Other teams seem to be making fewer mistakes and are working harder."
After a solid effort against the Ceres Bulldogs, Patterson was disappointed with its two-goal loss to Western Athletic Confernce rival Central Valley on Saturday in the finale, but Tomasegovich said that his team was simply outplayed.
"Central Valley gave more effort, had more heart and clearly wanted it more than us. They outran us all over the field," Tomasegovich said.
Riquel Benitez scored in the victory over Ceres.
"That was the only game that we came to play," Tomasegovich said. "We dominated play and were very physical on both sides of the ball."
Paulina Gonzalez scored the team's only goal against Central Valley.
"We finally pieced together a string of passes and (Gonzalez) was able to get a shot off," Tomasegovich said. "Once again, we had our chances: a few breakaways, a couple of one-on-one opportunities with their goalie. But no finishing."
Tomasegovich sees the tournament as an opportunity to dial up the heat as league season begins.
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