For only the second time this season Turlock lost, but this time in the opening round of the Division-I Sac-Joaquin Section Tournament at the hands of Folsom in a double overtime game that ended 2-0 from Joe Debely on Wednesday night.
“We just weren't there. Mentally and physically, we were somewhere else,” said Turlock head coach Temo Arteaga. “I think we were still celebrating CCC and the girls decided maybe that it was good enough; you can see it in their faces.”
Turlock was 9-1-2 in Central California Conference, essentially concluding the year with a league title and ending the season with three straight wins that ended in convincing fashion, allowing just one goal during that stretch while scoring eight.
“Overall, we had a great season and great success,” said Arteaga. “Defensively only got scored on 13 times all year. That just tells you what kind of goalkeeper we have. We are still young, but I think the girls need to grow a little more. You can tell Folsom is very physical and our girls shied away from contact. So next year it’s something we need to focus on more.”
Arteaga also emphasized that speed was a factor, especially in Wednesday's loss to Folsom.
The Bulldogs of Folsom outplayed the Bulldogs of Turlock, unfortunately despite a stalemate regulation that ended 0-0.
“We tried to pick it up in the second half but Folsom came out ready to compete,” said Arteaga. “They want playoffs, they don't want a league title. They want a section championship and that is the ultimate goal. League championship but without the Section title, this doesn't mean anything.”
Megan Drew's kick save at the 58th minute also marked a critical play for Turlock after an empty net gave way for Folsom to strike an opportunity that was eventually saved by Drew.
Turlock was kept in the game in large part due to the help of junior goalkeeper Jadyn Tubbs who tallied a 14 saves for the game. Turlock only had two shots while Folsom took 32 shots for the game.
“She had a phenomenal game. With all the corners they had, she came up big, those breakaways she came up big,” said Arteaga. “Without Jadyn, it would have been a slaughter out there to be honest with you. She kept us in the game, unfortunately the defense wasn't there.”
The dominance and pressure of Folsom continued into overtime as Turlock was bending but not breaking until with 2:30 on the clock in the second OT, a save bounced off Tubbs and gave Amber Liston one of her two goals.
“She had our back,” said Arteaga of Tubbs. “But we didn't have hers and it’s hard to tell the defense because the keeper had their back all game, she should get rewarded for her efforts.”
Liston added a second less than four minutes later with a shot that rifled in between Tubbs legs.
“I hope they can see that playoffs is a whole different ball game,” said Arteaga. “Hopefully they want more than just a league title next year. Sad to go out this way, especially knowing we didn't play our hardest and left it out here. It’s a hard loss to swallow. I don't mind losing, but when you lose this way it’s a different loss.”
Turlock finishes the year with a 14-2-3 overall record.