Mountain Soccer opened up the SEYL with a tough assignment last week by having to face one of the top teams in Bakersfield.
After controlling the ball for the majority of the game, the Warriors were nullified on numerous scoring opportunities. With the game clock winding down, the score was deadlocked at 0-0 heading into the 78th minute.
That is when the Warriors finally got their break, thanks to a late goal by Chris Boyd that proved to be the difference in a 1-0 victory over East.
“Our guys played great and we were very happy to get the win,” said head coach Roger Rijfkogel. “We had our scoring chances and didn’t convert, but the execution was there when it was needed the most. It was a good win.”
Cameron Gamble was credited with the assist by sending the winning pass to Boyd, who then sent a soft chip shot over the keeper’s reaching fingertips with less than a minute to go in the contest.
Satton recorded his seventh shutout of the year at goalie, recording seven saves overall.
Later in the week, Tehachapi (14-4; 1-1 SEYL) suffered a minor setback in the league season with a 1-0 loss against Highland.
Mountain Soccer had nine shots on goal but could not convert any of the chances into scores. Satton highlighted Tehachapi’s effort with 14 saves.
The Warriors will look to bounce back this week with a home game against North this Wednesday and an away game against Foothill on Friday.
The Braves had a good start to the SEYL season with a win and a tie, defeating East 2-1 and tying Highland 1-1.
Connor O’Neal and Tyler Kroeger both had goals in the win over East, with Kroeger and Josh Mitchell credited with assists.
Cameron Snyder had a season-high 22 saves in the victory over the Blades and followed up the effort with six saves in the tie over Highland last Friday afternoon.
Jose Tirado had the goal against the Scots, with an assist from Tyler Huebner.