Lady Wildcats win all three matches while Fitzsimmons scores 17 goals

It’s one thing for a team to be successful in a tournament. It’s quite another for that team to limit their opponents to only two total goals over a two day, four match stretch.

Yet, that is what the Taft varsity girls soccer team did this past Friday and Saturday when only two of the Lady Wildcats four opponents were able to score while Taft went 3-0 to win the Wasco Tournament.

“The girls were in cruise control to success, I just provided the map,” said Taft coach Abel Pedro. “We stayed positive with each other and ultimately came out the champion.”

With the tournament record, the Lady Wildcats are currently 8-2 on the season.

Taft roared out of the gates by shutting out West 6-0 Friday afternoon. Taft erupted for four goals in the first half before tacking on two more in the second half.

Fitzsimmons led in goals scored with four while Yadira Leon Astorga and Daisy Medina Campos each had a goal. Fitzsimmons and Astorga each led the way in assists with 2 while Taylor Hale and Vanessa Uribe each had 1. Kelsey Rushing had 2 saves.

The Lady Wildcats followed up with a 4-0 victory over the Shafter Generals.

Taft balanced out the scoring with two goals in the first and second halves.

Fitzsimmons did all of the scoring in the Shafter match with the four goals. Astorga led in assists with 2 while Elizabeth Huizar and Uribe each had 1. Rushing had 12 saves in this match.

The next day Taft continued their run with a 5-1 victory over the Coalinga Horned Toads.

Taft erupted for three goals in the first half before scoring two in the second half. Meanwhile, Taft allowed their first goal of the tournament when Coalinga found the back of the net in the second half.

Like the previous match, Fitzsimmons did all of the scoring with all five goals. Hale, Astorga, Campos and Uribe each had an assist. Rushing had 3 saves in the match.

Taft wrapped up their tournament run by defeating Golden Valley for the second time in less than a week this time edging out the Lady Bulldogs 2-1.

“Golden Valley was our main rival at the tournament and yes they gave us another tough game in the final,” said Pedro. “I like close games like that, not because we won, but because we learn more with those types competitions.”

The Lady Wildcats scored both of their goals in the first half while Golden Valley scored their lone goal in the second half.

Fitzsimmons did all of the scoring again while Hale had both of the assists.

All totaled, Fitzsimmons erupted for 17 goals in the tournament. According to Pedro, she is on a quest to score 100 goals in her final year on the team. She needs 68 more goals to accomplish that feat.

Taft returns to tournament action Friday when they go up against Delanp in the Garces Holiday Tournament at the State Farm Sports Complex. The match starts at 6:30 p.m.

Note: Taft’s Kathryn Tracy who got injured last week is out six to eight weeks due to an MCL injury.

“Kathryn Tracy, who is injured became my voice on the sidelines, rallying her team to victory,” said Pedro.