After finding themselves down 3-0 in the playoffs last Tuesday, Tehachapi fought valiantly to get back in the game before eventually falling 4-3 to Independence in the CIF Division III first round of the playoffs.
The first half had a pair of miscues, with a pair of own goals bookended by a scoring strike to put the home Warriors down 3-0 after the first period.
However, in the second half, Tehachapi (5-17-1) came alive.
Sarah Dorador was the centerpiece of the momentum change with a hat trick three goals to help rally a Mountain Soccer comeback attempt.
“It was a bad first half for us but we were very happy how the girls fought back in the second period. They showed a lot of heart,” said Lady Warrior head coach Corin Gonzalez.
Sarah Dorador ran through the defense for a breakaway goal in the 45th minute to record the first score, and then Sonya Dorador had another goal five minutes later that was called off by the referees that would have made the score 3-2.
“Our girls were crashing the keeper and the ball came loose,” Gonzalez said. “(The referees) made the call that our girls knocked it out of the keeper‘s hands so they took away the goal.”
Despite the setback, Sarah Dorador was able to strike again from the outside, booming an 18 yard shot in the net off an assist from Miranda Mistretta.
Independence answered the second Tehachapi goal to make the score 4-2, but Sarah Dorador completed the hat trick with another strike in the 65th minute to end the match scoring.
“Despite the loss, they played hard and we were proud of them,” added Gonzalez. “These last five weeks our girls really meshed well as a team and kept the Warrior tradition alive.”
Seniors that played for Tehachapi this season include Ariel Diehl, Tiffany Short, Sonya Dorador, Sarah Dorador, Alexis Powell, Freja Aplsten, and McKenna Wheeler.