Mountain Soccer opened up the CIF Central Section Division III first round with a lead through the first half, but No. 3 seeded Porterville came back in the second period with three unanswered goals to end the Warriors season, 3-1.
Tehachapi (9-9), the No. 14 seed, looked impressive early on, with David Veszpeller chipping a ball past the Porterville defense to Freddy Benitez in the fifth minute. Benitez made good on the solid pass, connecting on a goal from six yards out for an early 1-0 Warrior lead.
The score remained 1-0 through the first half, but Porterville (14-5-1) came alive with three-straight goals in the final 40 minutes to win the first round Division III playoff game.
“We did very well the first period, good ball movement,” said Warrior head coach Roger Rijfkogel. “The second half we just got overconfident. We had our chances, but we just couldn’t put it in the back of the net.”
Offensively, Tehachapi had 10 shots on goal while Porterville registered 15 shots on goal.
Warrior goalie Zach Satton was credited with eight saves.
“Overall we played well, they were just a little better than us,” added Rijfkogel. “We fought as hard as we could. They just outplayed us in the second half.”