The Braves offense came alive last Friday afternoon in a 6-2 romp over Paraclete.
Austin Montgomery recorded a hat trick with three first half goals and Leo Cano had two goals and two assists to help lead Tehachapi (3-4-1) to a big road win.
Paraclete scored in the first three minutes of the game to take an early lead before Tehachapi pulled away for the win.
"We just came out flat and slow. Once the players felt the pressure of being down a goal they really responded with intensity and composure," said head coach Josh Tyree. "We started putting more and more pressure on their defense, using our speed, ball control and combination passes to break them down."
The Braves netted the 1-1 equalizer when Alex Rivera sent a crossing ball to the top of the 18-yard box, with Leo Cano scoring when he clipped the ball out of the air past the diving keeper.
Montgomery then gave the Braves a 4-1 lead before halftime with three consecutive goals.
The first goal came when Cano provided a through ball and Montgomery used his speed to get past two defenders for a finish off his right foot. Eddie Graham provided a pair of assists on Montgomery's other two scores before halftime.
In the second half, the Braves scored another goal when Dominic Todd scored on a 1-2 give and go with Cano. Todd's first touch on the ball helped place it on his right foot, which he used to bury in the back of the net.
Paraclete made the score 5-2 when they scored off a corner kick. The ball bounced off the THS keeper twice and the back of a defender to a Paraclete offensive player's waiting foot.
"The ball seemed to be cleared from the line but the head referee said the ball did completely pass over the line. It was a soft goal that really meant very little to the outcome of the game," added Tyree.
Cano finished off the match with a goal with a well-timed run to the left of the goalie box, receiving a quick pass from Montgomery before driving a finishing shot past the charging goalie.
Tehachapi had 13 shots on goal overall. Defensively, Thomas Johnson finished with 10 saves at keeper.
The Braves will be in action again for the SEYL opener in Bakersfield against Foothill next Tuesday, Jan. 14. The match will start at 4:30 p.m.
Junior Varsity girls lose to the Spirits
The Lady Braves played a non-league match with Paraclete last week, falling 7-0 in Lancaster.
Deanna Otis had 27 saves for Tehachapi at keeper in the losing effort, giving up only one goal in second half action.
The Lady Braves will have one more pre-season contest this Wednesday, Jan. 8, against Independence. The match will start at 4:30 p.m. at Coy Burnett Field.
The first league game will be next Tuesday, Jan. 14, against Foothill at home. The game against the Trojans will be at 4:30 p.m.