Hannah Beauchamp is in her fourth season of varsity soccer for the Warriors, and she says this could be their year.
"From all four years that I've been on this varsity squad, this has been the best, most well-rounded team," she said.
Beauchamp scored three goals as Tehachapi held on to beat Ridgeview 4-3 on Monday, Dec. 12, in their South Yosemite League opener.
"The girls executed their game plan perfectly," coach Ryan Beauchamp said.
The Warriors led 3-1 at halftime and withstood a Ridgeview rally to win what the coach called "a nail biter."
Hannah Beauchamp drew first blood with a goal in the first two minutes, and she made it 2-0 with another score at the 8-minute mark.
Ridgeview countered with a goal on a penalty kick "on a very questionable tackle in the box," Ryan Beauchamp said.
A breakaway goal by freshman Rachel Miller made it 3-1 at the half.
"I think the lead of 3-1 encouraged the girls and really kicked in our gears," Hannah Beauchamp said.
Beauchamp scored again early in the second half, giving the Warriors a 4-1 lead. As it turned out, they needed it.
Ridgeview scored twice in the final minutes off corner kicks.
Hannah Beauchamp said "we had a few mistakes" that resulted in the late Ridgeview goals, "but we still ended with a win."
"Our goalie (Aleeya Cooper) saved us over and over, and we couldn't have won without our defense," Hannah Beauchamp said. "The team is amazing."
The Warriors (4-4) are now in their winter break and not scheduled to play again until Jan. 3 at Rosamond in a non-league game. They resume their SYL schedule on Jan. 11 at home against West.
"Every single girl has so much talent and amazing personalities, as well," Hannah Beauchamp said. "If we keep working together like we have been, I think we have a good chance to bring home another win in our next game."