After the Tigers took a first-half lead on sophomore Cinthia Cantero's goal, the Wolves pulled away with two unanswered scores after halftime on a pair of goals from senior Yarista Arista and classmate Roxanna Barrigan to help the Livingston side secure points on the road.
"Hats off to Livingston. They did what they needed to do and made the adjustments they needed to make. They stepped up their game," said Patterson coach Cade Tomasegovich. "I told the girls that if they feel they did what they had to do every moment they were out there then I can't ask for anything more than that."
The Wolves defense withstood early pressure from the home side as Patterson (2-4 overall, 1-1 Western Athletic Conference) managed to get into their offensive third to test Livingston's goalkeeper Gabriela Mejia.
"This was the first real test of the season that I was waiting for," Tomasegovich said. "The tough part of this is that Livingston didn't really have a defense. We just couldn't put that ball in. We needed somebody to give us a run. We need a finisher."
Mejia couldn't deny the Tigers in the 26th minute on Cantero's attempt toward the far post from 20-yards out on an over-arching laser from the right side.
The Wolves (4-1, 2-0) responded with the equalizer in the 55th minute when Arista created a turnover in the defensive half of the pitch and worked the ball toward the Patterson side where she dodged a Tiger defender, gathered the ball and fired a shot past senior goalkeeper Monique Garcia-Bradley that crashed into the back of the net to even the match at 1-1.
Livingston was in front 11 minutes later when Barrigan connected on a free-kick following a Patterson foul and the ball was arrowed into the top corner from 30 yards away.
"I think the difference between a win and a loss was that in the second half (Livingston) came in and wanted it more," said Patterson senior Karissa Cruz. "We had heart in this game but in the end they connected the (winning) shot."
Patterson's last chance came in stoppage-time when Cantero's corner kick towards the far post was deflected by Livingston across the face of the goal. But the Tigers couldn't nod it home from close range.
"This game was very important to us. It determined who was going to have the lead (in league) from the beginning. They have that now. We've just got to bounce back and get them next time," Cruz said. "Communication is the key. We have to figure out how we're going to work better together."
Patterson 4, Pacheco of Los Banos 1
Sophomore Paulina Gonzalez scored a first-half hat trick as Patterson opened its league season with a victory over visiting Pacheco High on March 11.
Senior Blanca Ramirez would put the exclamation point on the night with her score. Senior Riquel Benitez tallied a pair of assists, while classmate Karissa Cruz and junior Brenda Vargas each recorded one helper for the Tigers.
The JV Tigers notched two home victories to open the regular season. A 4-0 besting of the Livingston Wolves on Thursday, March 13, followed an 11-0 blowout defeat of the Pacheco Panthers on March 11.
Briana Ramirez netted a pair of goals and Iridiana Reyes and Paola Toribio each scored one against Livingston.
Alyvia Hernandez, Reyes and Toribio each scored twice, while Martha Hernandez, Jackie Hinojosa, Rosa Martinez, Imelda Zepada and Ramirez tallied one goal apiece as the Tigers won their league season-opener against Pacheco.
Contact Marc Aceves at 892-6187, ext. 28, or firstname.lastname@example.org.