Wednesday, Dec 11 2013 11:30 AM

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Austin Montgomery (No. 14) in white, scored this go-ahead goal in the first period to help Tehachapi to a halftime lead. The Braves eventually fell in the contest over the Burros, 4-2. Photo by Michael Duffy

Tehachapi's jayvee team had a high-scoring first game in a 4-2 losing effort against Burroughs-Ridgecrest last Tuesday afternoon.

The Braves opened up the scoring with a Alex Rivera goal on a free kick in the first period. Right before halftime, Austin Montgomery scored Mountain Soccer's second goal on a Leo Cano assist to help Tehachapi to a 2-1 halftime lead.

In the second period, BHS stunned the Braves with two early scores to tie the game, eventually adding two more to win the 4-2 decision.

Thomas Johnson was credited with eight saves at goalie in the loss.

"We had the talent to pull out this game but it didn't go our way. We just didn't finish," said head coach Josh Tyree. "We will get better as the season goes."

Later in the week, Tehachapi (0-2-1) had two games in the Centennial-Highland Tournament.

The first contest was a close 1-0 loss to Frontier off a last-second Titan goal off a corner kick. Johnson had seven saves in the match.

The Braves had to regroup quickly after the Frontier loss, getting only a 10 minute break before having to face host Centennial.

Montgomery scored within the first five minutes to put the Braves up early, sending a ball through the net off assists from Cano and Rivera. The Tehachapi defense held for most of the rest of the contest, giving up only a late first period goal and holding off multiple Golden Hawk corner kick opportunities in a 1-1 tie.

"The second half started slow for us with Centennial pressing hard for their second goal. We were able to hold and countered their pressure the rest of the game," added Tyree. "They really never threatened again. Although we had many, many opportunities to score our shots seemed to just go wide or directly to their goalie."

Thomas Johnson had six saves in the tie against Centennial.

The tournament was scheduled to continue last Saturday, but winter warnings postponed action until after the winter break on Saturday, Jan. 16. Tehachapi is currently tied for fifth place out of nine teams with four points.

The Braves had a contest with Rosamond this past Monday and Frontier this past Tuesday in Bakersfield. Those results will be highlighted next week.

"The boys are working hard and showing promise, they don't give up," Tyree said. "They are beginning to work as a team."

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