It wasn't for league honors, this time. Next time, it could be, though.

The Warriors traveled to Wasco last Friday-Saturday, Dec. 9-10, for some tournament soccer, meeting two teams they will play this season in the South Yosemite League.

One of them, Independence, could vie for a league title, a goal the Warriors also hope to pursue.

"They are big, fast and skilled," Warriors coach Ryan Beauchamp said.

And despite losing 1-0, the Warriors had reason to be happy.

"The girls were awesome," Beauchamp said. "This was our best game by far."

The Warriors girls started the tournament with two games on Friday, Dec. 9. First, they beat another SYL foe West, 2-0, on goals by Hannah Beauchamp and Ashley Bishop.

Ryan Beauchamp characterized it as a "well played" game, and then came Independence.

"We lost 0-1, and they beat us on a set piece," Beachamp said.

Set piece is a term associated with both rugby and soccer, and it refers to any goal coming off a stoppage in play.

The next morning, the Warriors started with a 2-0 victory over Shafter as Beauchamp scored twice. In the afternoon game, the Warriors were upset 2-1 by Wasco as Bishop scored Tehachapi's only goal.

"We were pretty beat up and ended up losing," Beauchamp said.

The coach called it a "decent tourney" and indicated it would help set up the rest of the schedule for his girls.

The Warriors (3-4) had a game scheduled for Monday, Dec. 12, at Ridgeview, and then have off until Jan. 3, when they resume their season at Rosamond.

They begin league play at home against West on Jan. 11.

Sports Writer, Tehachapi News