Winning a tournament title is one thing. Doing it in back to back years with a new crop of players in a short amount of time is an even tougher challenge.
Yet the Taft varsity girls soccer team was able to pull it off Saturday when they won the Platinum Division of the Corcoran Tournament.
“I think the girls played with heart and courage,” said Taft coach Abel Pedro.
“Most of them had injuries prior to the games but managed to go on. The game is the best teacher and this was a big cram with three games in one day in a span of seven hours. And for them to come out on top shows the true grit this team has.”
With the sweep, the Lady Wildcats are currently 6-3 on the young season.
The road to the title was not easy after the Lady Wildcats had to face last year’s gold division title winner Monache in the first match.
“The game did not fail to deliver,” said Pedro.
Monache struck first with a goal in the 12th minute of the first half. Two minutes later, Bethany Fitzsimmons scored the equalizer. Scoring disappeared until the 28th minute of the first half when Monache found the back of the net.
Taft tied up the score in the second half when Fitzsimmons tied the goal on a penalty kick. The match went to penalty kicks where Fitzsimmons, Leslie Tostado and Yeraldin Barrera each scored a goal while Monache was held to two.
Taft had an easier time in their second match when they defeated Orosi 6-0.
Fitzsimmons led the charge by scoring five goals with four coming in the first half and one in the second. Mendoza had the other goal of the match for the Lady Wildcats while Noemi Leon Astorga and Kathy Rubio each had two assists.
The Lady Wildcats faced another nail biter but like the other two matches, Taft came out on top with a 1-0 victory over Washington Union.
Kennedy Sorensen had the lone goal for Taft in the final minute of the match while Mendoza had the assist.
Taft returns to single match action Tuesday when they host Mira Monte. The match begins at 6 p.m.