Saturday, Feb 09 2013 04:04 PM

Warriors soccer takes out Foothill

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Jose Barajas scored two goals last week to help Tehachapi defeat Foothill, then added to his central section scoring leading total of 37, with a single strike in Wednesday's 3-1 first round playoff win over No. 10 Independence.

Mountain Soccer played the role of spoiler in Southeast Yosemite League action last week, knocking Foothill out of first place in the league standings with a 2-1 victory.

Tehachapi (18-6-1) had two goals from Jose Barajas, who added to his central section lead in goals scored with 36 this season.

The Warriors were down 1-0 to the Trojans in the first half, but stormed back to tie the contest in the second period with a 40th minute goal, fed off a David Veszpeller assist.

“It was a scrappy game, very physical and a lot of fouls,” said head coach Roger Rijfkogel. “It was a good hard fought win. There was intensity on both sides.”

Later in the period, Tehachapi took the lead when Mark Minjares sent a ball in play to Cameron Gamble, who then routed to Freddy Benitez to help set up the winning boot.

After the ball deflected off Benitez’s head in the goal box, Barajas took the opportunity by booming a shot six yards out for the game winning goal with just over 10 minutes remaining.

Tehachapi’s defense led by Jeremy Duff, Kyle Mathes Orr, Hunter Kenyon and Minjares took over from there, holding the Trojans scoreless the rest of the way.

The Warriors were scheduled to have a final league game against Garces last Friday, but the game was cancelled due to school closure for snow.

“We have some very good momentum right now, playing in a tough league should help us as we move on into the postseason,” added Rijfkogel. “We’re playing good soccer and we want to continue that through the playoffs.”

The Central Section Division III first round of the post season will begin this Wednesday and the quarterfinals will be this Friday. For full bracket information, please visit

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