Varsity tie, junior varsity win in scrimmage

The great thing about a scrimmage is that it gives a team a chance to work on their game without having to worry about wins or loses. That is what the Taft varsity boys soccer team went through Monday evening when North scored a late goal to tie the Wildcats 1-1 in a scrimmage in Taft.

“It went really well,” Taft coach Cris Flores said of the scrimmage. “We combined passes pretty well."

Neither side was able to break through in the first half. Taft had a chance to score just under ten minutes into the first half but a header was blocked by the North goalie. The Wildcats had several chances to score over the remaining minutes of the half but they came away empty handed.

The inability to score continued into the second half for Taft with several shots either going wide or stopped by the North goalie.

With about nine minutes to go in the contest, Taft finally found the back of the net. However, with the match in the waning seconds, North found the back of the net to even the score.

One of the concerns for Flores was scoring goals.

“We’re not putting the balls in the net,” he said. “It seems like we sat back more than we should.”

Taft opens their season officially Wednesday when they host Mira Monte. The match begins at 6 p.m.

Junior varsity

The Taft junior varsity boys soccer team got off to a flying start in their scrimmage Monday afternoon when they shut out North 4-0 in Taft.

“Overall, it was good,” said Taft coach Sostenes Mendoza. “I am satisfied with the win.”

Scoring was quiet through the first part of the opening half. Delvis Feliz changed that 17 minutes in with a goal to give the Wildcats a 1-0 advantage. Three minutes later, Pastor Magana passed to a teammate who headed a shot into the goal to double the lead.

Taft didn’t score another goal until late in the second half when Maria Quiroga stole the ball and shot the ball with the ball deflecting off a North defender for the goal.

Despite the easy victory, Mendoza says there is still work to be done.

“We still have a lot to do,” he said.

The Wildcats open their season Wednesday when they host Mira Monte. The match begins at 4:30 p.m.