Patterson High girls soccer coach Cade Tomasegovich has been saying all along his team has been making progress, but his detractors pointed to the Tigers’ failure to make it to the postseason in previous years.
Tomasegovich and the Tigers, however, might have had the last laugh after a 2-0 victory over Livingston on Thursday.
“I’ve been encouraged by the things I’ve seen throughout the course of the season,” Tomasegovich said. “We’re a better team than most thought we were.”
The win over Livingston gives the playoff-bound Tigers their 10th victory of the season.
“Every win is a confidence-builder for us,” Tomasegovich said. “We are a young team, so confidence is very important to how we play.”
Rosario Cabellero scored two goals to lift the Tigers (14-9-1 overall, 10-4 Western Athletic Conference) over the Wolves (6-14-1, 5-8-1). Teammate Yesica Cantero added an assist, and goalie Stephanie Sanchez stopped all 12 shots that she faced.
“The team is believing in each other right now,” Tomasegovich said. “They’re excited to see that their hard work is paying off down the stretch.”
On Thursday, the Patterson offensive once again looked sharp. Cantero found Cabellero in front of the box in the 25th minute, and Cabellero redirected the pass into the net. Later in the first half, Patterson’s Taryn Hale knocked a glancing shot off the post, and Caballero sent the rebound through. The senior’s two scores were more than enough to fend off the beleaguered Wolves.
“We are getting contributions from everyone,” Tomasegovich said. “Everyone is picking each other up, we’re communicating well, and that’s how things get accomplished as a team.”
Only a regular season-ending showdown with first-place Hilmar on Tuesday stands between Patterson and either a first-round match with No. 2 seed Hughson of the Trans-Valley League or the Mother Lode League’s yet-to-be-determined No. 1 seed. But Tomasegovich said he doesn’t really care who his team faces when the postseason opens next week.
“It’s the playoffs — it doesn’t really matter,” Tomasegovich said. “All of the teams have earned their way there, and they’re there for a reason.
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