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Wednesday, Feb 26 2014 06:00 AM

Mountain Soccer falls in D-III playoffs

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Tehachapi High's goalie Zach Satton saves the goal as facing the Penalty Kick Tuesday, Feb. 18, during the second half against Porterville High in the CIF Central Section Division III boys soccer match at Rankin Stadium in Porterville. Photo by Chieko Hara, The Porterville Recorder

Tehachapi High's Freddy Benitez (13) celebrates after scoring the first goal Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014 during the fisrt half against Porterville High in the CIF Central Section Division III boys soccer match at Rankin Stadium in Porterville. Photo by Chieko Hara, The Porterville Recorder

Tehachapi High's Freddy Benitez (13), center, takes a shot as Porterville High's Gio Arceo, left, and Jordin Johnson put a pressure on Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014 during the fisrt half against Porterville High in the CIF Central Section Division III boys soccer match at Rankin Stadium in Porterville. Benitez scored team's first goal. Photo by Chieko Hara, The Porterville Recorder

The men's soccer team opened up the CIF Central Section Division III first round as the No. 14 seed and a lead through the first half, but No. 3 seeded Porterville came back in the second period with three unanswered goals to end the Warriors season, 3-1.

Tehachapi (9-9) looked impressive early on, with David Veszpeller chipping a ball past the Porterville defense to Freddy Benitez in the fifth minute. Benitez made good on the solid pass, connecting on a goal from six yards out for an early 1-0 Warrior lead.

The score remained 1-0 through the first half, but Porterville (14-5-1) came alive with three-straight goals in the final 40 minutes to win the first round Division III playoff game.

"We did very well the first period; good ball movement," said Warrior head coach Roger Rijfkogel. "(After the first goal) we just got overconfident. We had our chances but we just couldn't put it in the back of the net."

Offensively, Tehachapi had 10 shots on goal while Porterville registered 15 shots on goal.

Warrior goalie Zach Satton was credited with eight saves.

"Overall we played well but they were just a little better than us," added Rijfkogel. "We fought as hard as we could. They just outplayed us in the second half."

Lady Warriors end season at Visalia - Golden West

Tehachapi (5-16-2) opened up the CIF Division III playoffs as the No. 10 seed, losing by a narrow margin to the bracket's No. 7 seed Golden West, 1-0.

Sarah Forbes had 22 saves and Ashley Rush had 10 saves in the loss.

"The girls played their hearts out and they left it all on the field," said head coach Corin Gonzalez.

Credited with strong games was Savannah Todd at sweeper and Madison Eberle and Eva Rowe on defense. Midfielders Miranda Mistretta, Jessica Seier and Jacky Padilla all had outside shots in the game that broke down the Golden West (13-10-2) defense to create opportunities on goal.

§"We didn't come out with a win by the girls played their best (game of the season)," added Gonzalez. "We have a very young team and look forward to everything these players have to offer in the next few years."

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