At least Warriors girls soccer coach Ryan Beauchamp won't have to spend a lot of time watching videos of his team's potential playoff opponents.
The Warriors earned a first-round CIF Central Section Division III tournament berth against South Yosemite League foe Ridgeview on Tuesday, Feb. 14, down in Bakersfield.
The winner gets to play at SYL champion Independence, the No. 2 seed in the division, on Thursday, Feb. 16.
“I'm hopeful for our chances,” Beauchamp said. “We're facing teams that we know well, so no surprises on the pitch.”
Ridgeview was seeded 7th and the Warriors 10th in Division III despite the fact that Tehachapi had a victory and a tie against Ridgeview during the regular season.
"Going into the playoffs, I know we have a good chance of winning," Warriors senior Hannah Beauchamp said. "We know they're a tough team, but we always play better when that happens. I can't wait to see what this game has in store for us."
A 3-2 overtime loss to Golden Valley on Wednesday, Feb. 8, might have cost the Warriors the higher seed as they wound up tied for second with Ridgeview in the SYL at 5-4-1. Independence was 10-0.
Down 2-0 to Golden Valley in the waning minutes, the Warriors tied the score on goals by Rachel Miller and Beauchamp, sending the contest into overtime.
“It was a great game, a great comeback, even though we lost,” Beauchamp said.
Overtime opened with Tehachapi on the offensive.
“We were gaining momentum,” the coach said. “We had double the shots on goal, but we came up short. The girls kept fighting for every ball.”
Golden Valley finally got the winning goal after Tehachapi committed a foul in the box.
Warriors goalkeeper Molly Rijfkogel Miller blocked the initial penalty kick, but Golden Valley was able to knock in the rebound for the winner.
"It was heartbreaking for our team," Hannah Beauchamp said. "It was a super tough game."
“The loss was a bummer for our final league game, but we are at the top of our game,” Ryan Beauchamp said. “All of the Warrior girls are healthy and our bench is getting stronger as we play more games.”
The Warriors' league mark includes a pair of losses to Independence, 4-1 and 4-0.
Beauchamp has said he has a new game plan for Independence, if they face each other again, but of course the Warriors needed to get past Ridgeview first. Either way, Beauchamp said, he was proud of his girls.
“The girls play with dignity and character and never give up,” Beauchamp said. “I am very proud of what we have accomplished this year.”