Team's only win was against West

Teams that enter a tournament have either hope or their worst nightmare come true. For the Taft junior varsity girls soccer team Friday and Saturday it was the latter after only scoring one goal during a two day stretch to go 1-3 at the Liberty Tournament in Bakersfield.

“Overall, I was proud of the resiliency the girls showed,” said Taft coach Ryan Hickman. “It is tough to lose three straight games and hang in there but the girls came back strong each time.”

With the tournament sweep, the Lady Wildcats are currently 5-5 on the season.

Taft started off their run Friday with a 2-0 loss to Foothill. The news didn’t get much better in the second match with the Lady Wildcats falling 3-0 to Independence.

“A very organized and methodical team,” said Hickman. “They picked us apart and we never really threatened their keeper.”

Taft’s scoreless streak continued in the first match Saturday when they fell 1-0 to Cesar Chavez. 

“We laid a very winnable game against SSL foe Chavez but again mistakes and a shortage of players caught up to us and they capitalized on a defensive error of the match.”

Taft’s lone victory of the tournament came in the final match when they edged out West 1-0 with the lone goal of the match coming with under one minute to go in the match.

The Lady Wildcats are off until Tuesday, Jan.5 when they travel to Bakersfield to face Mira Monte. The match starts at 4:30 p.m.