It will not count as a win in the Lady Warriors soccer standings, but a convincing 6-1 scrimmage win over a quality program like BCHS will undoubtedly make waves in the early stages of the central California soccer season.
Bakersfield Christian, the defending SSL champions, could not find an answer for Tehachapi senior Ariel Diehl, who finished the night with four goals and an assist. Diehl already had a hat trick by halftime, scoring at the 11th, sixth, and two minute mark before intermission.
"The girls did a very good job controlling the ball and their passing was spot on," said Tehachapi head coach Corin Gonzalez. "They were confident and took their time finding each other. It was good to see that development this early in the season."
Estefana Flores, a sophomore, also had a pair of goals and an assist in the 6-1 victory, while Sarah Forbes was credited with four saves.
Playing this year for the Lady Warriors are captains Tiffany Short, Sarah Dorador and Ariel Diehl, and team members Emma Flynn, Sonya Dorador, Phylicia Esquivel, Madison Eberle, Kendra Murray, Estefana Flores, Alexis Powell, Miranda Mistretta, Jacky Padilla, Ashley Villegas, Adrienne Jacobs, McKenna Wheeler, Freja Alpsten, Savannah Todd, Eva Rowe, Jessica Seier and Sarah Forbes.
The Lady Warriors will have an away game this Tuesday at Kern Valley at 6 p.m. and participate in the Liberty Tournament this weekend.
"Right now our goal is to develop, become stronger and build confidence," added Gonzalez. "We're trying different things and improving our skill level. It was a good start for us and we want to continue to get stronger every game."
The jayvee girls soccer team got off to a great start with a 2-0 scrimmage against over Bakersfield Christian at Coy Burnett Field last Tuesday.
"The game seemed to be a pretty evenly matched from the beginning, with neither side being able to score in the first half," said head coach Bob Papac. "But that changed after halftime."
In the second frame, Bakersfield Christian took the opening kickoff and quickly pushed the ball downfield to challenge the Lady Braves defense, but was unable to put the ball into the net.
With 18:36 left in the second period, Alex Peacon scored the first goal of the year for the Lady Braves and then scored again with 3:31 left in the match for the eventual 2-0 final score.
Dallas Ream and Willow Jenkins split goal keeping duties in the first and second halves respectively to record the first shutout of the season.
"We were able to get all of our girls into the game and overall we were pleased with how the girls played, especially in the second half," said head coach Bob Papac. "We have a young squad with a number of girls who are brand new to the sport."
This year's Lady Braves team consist of captains Jessica Perreault, Kennedie Onufrak, and Emma Ruano and team members Anna Szymanska, Cassidy Lambeth, Tristan Short, Brenda Flores, Alexis Namey, Sierra Jesperson, Kali Folyz, Vanessa Neang, Alex Peacon, Morgan Maiden, Carmen Zehndert, Isabel Tinajero, Sarah Stickney, Willow Jenkins and Dallas Ream. Coaching this season will be Bob Papac and Sadie Nelson.
The Lady Braves will next take on Bishop at home this Tuesday at 4:30 p.m.
Meet the Warriors Soccer Fundraiser
Both the Lady Warriors and Lady Braves will hold their annual "Meet the Warriors" Soccer fundraising dinner at the Jacobsen Middle School cafeteria this Wednesday, Nov.28 at 6:00 p.m. The public is invited to attend.
Tickets can be purchased at the door or in advance by contacting Coach Bob Papac at 821-7103 or 342-5589.