TC player knocked unconscious and is flown to Kern Medical
Two mens soccer players were seriously injured in a violent collision late in the second half of a match between Taft College and Clovis Community College Friday afternoon.
The players, one each from Taft and Clovis, both fell to the ground and the Taft player, Christian Cabrera, was knocked unconscious.
Kern County firefighters and two Hall ambulances responded to the soccer field on West San Emidio Street.
Cabrera was treated at the scene by paramedics and then transported to a landing site to be transferred to an air ambulance for a flight to Kern Medical. He was classified as a “red tag” and had very serious injuries.
Cabrera is a sophomore defender from Liberty High in Bakersfield and had started 12 of the previous 18 games. His brother, Alexander, is also a member of the team.
The Clovis player was less severely injured and is going to a Bakersfield hospital by ground ambulance. His injuries were termed moderate by first responders.
His identity was not immediately available.
There were about three minutes left in the match when the injuries occurred and the match was called.
Clovis was leading 1-0 at the time.