The best part about the early season schedule is that it gives a team the chance to work on their game.
In a sense that is what the Taft varsity boys soccer team is doing after falling 1-0 to the South Rebels in Bakersfield Tuesday night.
“Tonight’s match was very hard fought,” said Taft coach Cris Flores. “We are lucky to come out 1-0. At certain times we could have won the match.”
With the loss, the Wildcats are currently 0-4-1 on the young season.
Taft had a chance to score a little over six minutes into the contest when the South goalie overran the ball and the ball went into the net but the goal was waived off.
South threatened to break through with a series of shots over the course of the first half but the shots either went wide or high over the goal or were stopped by the Taft goalie including a diving save late in the half.
The Rebels kept up the pressure in the second half including a player who was wide open.
Finally South broke through with a goal on a penalty kick near the midway point of the half.
Taft had a chance to even the score at the 13:10 mark buta Wildcat player who was uncontested, sailed a shot over the goal.
“In front of our goal we did really well,” said Flores. “In the rest of the field we didn’t do that great.”
One of the players stood out to Flores during the match.
“Gio works really hard,” said Flores. “Hopefully everyone else can pick up that confidence as well.”
Taft will look to get their first win of the season Friday when they take on Avenal in the first match of the two day Lemoore Tournament.
The Wildcats first tournament
Taft kicked off their schedule last weekend by competing in the Liberty Tournament.
The Wildcats started off with a 0-0 tie to league rival Arvin before falling 2-1 to Mira Monte, 3-0 to Highland and 4-1 to Independence.