Pitman and Turlock High's girls varsity soccer squads kicked off the 2015 regular season with a two-day tournament event at Pitman with 16 schools from around the area competing for a chance to call themselves the best of the tourney.
Unfortunately neither team ended up moving on to the championship, after both the Pride and Bulldogs finished with a 1-2-1 record.
“Obviously we would have liked to have had a couple more Ws but the reality is that it was a tournament and the time to evaluate,” said Pitman head coach Cris Castro. “Everybody played and as we get everybody to play, the rhythm isn’t quite there... but despite that I feel like overall we did pretty well.”
“Pitman did a great job in putting on a preseason tournament which allowed us to play all of our players,” said Turlock head coach Cathi Schali-Lopez.
Turlock's two losses came at the hands of Gregori and CCC rivals Merced. The lone win was against Linden while the 0-0 draw came at the hands of Central Valley.
“We will use what we observed in our games and players to make adjustments and prepare for league. We are really looking forward to our season,” Schali-Lopez said.
It seems as though the Central California Conference will be one of the most competitive leagues in the area.
Merced dominated Turlock 4-0, while Buhach Colony made it to the championship game.
“CCC might be a week to week change with spots constantly moving this year since they are all so good,” Castro said. “The record isn't the indication of how we really did; but overall I was pretty happy.”
In the first game against Kimball, the Pride fell 1-2 only to rally against Hughson for a big 5-0 shutout victory led by Rayana Plancarte's hat-trick.
Plancarte finished the tournament with five goals in four games.
“We had more opportunities but couldn't capitalize on them,” said Castro. “The kids played well, they played hard. It’s going to be a fun year, a growing year.”
Pitman then tied their CCC foe Atwater 0-0 only to fall to Lincoln 1-4.
As of this weekend, Castro's squad was filled with two freshmen, five sophomores, two juniors and only two seniors.
Pitman's next game will be against Sierra at 4 p.m. Thursday. Turlock will travel to Atwater to take on the Falcons at 4 p.m. Tuesday.