Crosstown rivals Pitman and Turlock High boys soccer met for their first matchup of the season on Thursday. In a high scoring affair, the Pride bested the Bulldogs, 5-4, to remain undefeated in league play.
The first half was back and forth with plenty of points, with Pride outscoring the Bulldogs three goals to two. The second half was hard fought as well, with both teams scoring two goals. That extra goal in the first half was the difference to give Pitman the one goal victory.
“We have been working so hard with the boys since the beginning of the season,” said Pitman head coach Magdaleno “Memo” Ramirez. “The boys varsity assistant coach (Jaime Suarez) does a really great job assisting and helping them reach their full potential; I can say we have a great staff. I’m looking forward to this season and hoping we can take this team to sections and make school history by winning it all.”
For the Pride, junior Sebastian Rios and sophomore Gabriel Enes both scored two goals each. Sophomore Andrew Acevedo added the final goal for Pitman. The Bulldogs had two goals scored by Israel Garcia. Junior Eduardo Zamiduo also had two goals and one assist.
It wasn’t all bad news for the Bulldogs, as the junior varsity squad beat Pitman in a more defensive battle 2-1. Turlock was able to score the go ahead in the second half and secure the one goal win.
The Pitman coaching staff credited this win to the work the team has been doing to sharpen the team’s skill and chemistry. The team is confident they have what it takes to compete for a championship and have players go on and compete at the next level.
“Both the JV coach and myself are working on the skills the boys need to have to attend division one and division two colleges,” said Ramirez. “The JV coach played at Stanislaus State the same year I played, so both of us know what it takes to reach that level. The boys are working hard and taking it seriously; we are more than a team, we are family. I think we have the chemistry needed to compete during the seasons and in sections.”
Turlock currently has a 3-6-1 record overall with a 0-2 record in league play. Their next matchup is a home game against Downy on Tuesday. Pitman has an 8-3 record overall with a 2-0 record in league play. Up next for them is a road game against Enochs on Tuesday.