After suffering an overtime heartbreaker in the league opener to Foothill, the Warriors bounced back in a big way with a 6-1 win over Garces at Coy Burnett Field last Thursday night.
Tehachapi (5-4; 1-1 SEYL) reeled three goals in each period to run away with the victory over the Rams.
Abraham Katona scored the first goal for the Warriors on a two ball pass through, set up off any assist from Freddy Benitez in the sixth minute. Garces went on to tie the game in the 15th minute to make the score 1-1, before Spencer Rosas and Tyler Kroeger had a pair of goals to make the score 3-1 at halftime. Rosas's goal was assisted by Tyler Todd.
"Nothing is easy in our league. Garces started off very competitive. They defended well and were very aggressive," said head coach Roger Rijfkogel. "Once we settled down, the goals started to come in one-by-one."
Freddy Benitez went on to score a pair of goals in the second period to ice the game with assists by Alex Benitez, Kroger and Katona. Kroger also had another goal in the second period on a breakaway.
At goalie, Zach Satton was credited with five saves in the victory.
Earlier in the week, Tehachapi went to overtime against Foothill, with the Trojans getting the win with a goal five minutes into the extra frame for a 1-0 win. Tehachapi was able to hold Foothill scoreless in regular time despite being down two men a good portion of the second half due to red cards. Satton had seven saves in the loss.
Mountain Soccer will have a pair of important league games this week against East and Highland, both 2-0 in the SEYL. The game against Highland will be at Coy Burnett Field at 6 p.m. this Thursday.
"We can bounce back from the Foothill loss if we can record a pair of wins against East and Highland," added Rijfkogel. "It's a chance to get back into the title race."
Junior Varsity splits week in SEYL
The Braves started off the regular season with a 3-0 loss to Foothill before earning a forfeit win over Garces this past Thursday.
Tehachapi had seven shots on goal, while at keeper Thomas Johnson had eight saves and Trent Botbyl had six saves.
The Braves also had a pair of make-up games from the Centennial-Highland Tourney, losing 5-0 to Bakersfield and winning an overtime contest over Centennial, 2-1 (4-3 on PKs).
Against Centennial, Leo Cano scored on an 18-yard rocket shot to put the Braves up 1-0. Centennial would eventually tie the game with a throw-in set play to send the contest into overtime tied, 1-1. Tehachapi finished with eight shots on goal while Johnson had six keeper saves in the regular period.
Both teams then went to penalty kicks to determine the victor of the match. Kyle Winchell, Leo Cano and Rafael Moreno connected on three straight PK goals for Tehachapi, while Johnson had two stops to give the Braves a 3-1 lead. Centennial then went to tie the PK rally at 3-3 before Johnson had a third stop to send it to one-and-ones.
Josh Mitchell put Tehachapi up 4-3 with a shot in the left corner, and then Johnson had a diving stop on the left post to win the match for the Braves. In the previous tourney game, Johnson recorded five saves in the loss against Bakersfield.