Wednesday, Dec 25 2013 06:00 AM

Warriors open tourney with win over Atascadero

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David Veszpeller (No. 10) had a strong tournament with two goals and two assists in the Garces Holiday Festival, including a goal and two assists in a 3-2 win over Atascadero. Tehachapi finished the Gold A Bracket in fourth place. Photo by Michael Duffy

Mountain Soccer's Freddy Benitez (No. 13) sends a header past midfield during a match with Atascadero last Friday evening. Benitez had a goal in the second half against the Greyhounds. Photo by Michael Duffy.

The Garces Holiday Festival, in its 24th year, is touted as the "The Biggest High School Tournament on Earth" and is without a doubt the largest soccer tournament in the nation, with 134 teams in attendance this past weekend in Bakersfield.

The Warriors played in the Gold A Bracket, earning fourth place honors overall among the eight teams in their group.

Tehachapi (3-3) opened up with a 3-2 win over Atascadero, with Dan Larz opening up the scoring with a header off a cross from David Veszpeller in the first half.

The Greyhounds tied the game at 1-1 five minutes later, sending a shot through the THS net off a deflection.

The Warriors would take the lead for good with a pair of unanswered goals in the second period. In the first goal of the second half, Freddy Benitez found the back of the net off a Veszpeller free kick deflection from 18 yards out. Tehachapi then extended their lead to 3-1 when Veszpeller scored off a Tyler Todd assist on a corner strike.

Atascadero would score against to pull within a goal at 3-2 before time ran out in the second half. Satton was credited with six saves in the victory.

Mountain Soccer's run in the rest of the tournament would not be as fortunate, losing a 3-0 contest to East and a 3-1 contest to Edison to close out the two-day event.

Veszpeller would score Tehachapi's lone goal in the second half against Edison from 20 yards out, sending a shot through the net from the side of the goalie box. Satton would record seven saves against East and five saves against Edison. Max Weisenseel also saw time at keeper against Edison and recorded four saves.

San Joaquin Memorial won the Gold A bracket with a 2-0 win over East in the championship. Taking third place was Edison, followed by Tehachapi in fourth. Also participating in the bracket was Morro Bay, Atascadero, South and Ridgeview.

The Warriors will be in action again on Friday, Jan. 3 at the Lancaster Soccer Complex vs. Paraclete. The game will start at 3:15 p.m.

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