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Pride soccer hands Merced first league tie
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Coming off a devastating loss to Turlock High last weekend, Pitman moved on quicker than most teams in the ultra competitive Central California Conference with a 4-1 blistering win over Buhach Colony on Tuesday and followed up with a 2-2 tie at Merced High against the Bears on Thursday.

“It was good to be able to bounce back after losing to Turlock,” said Pitman head coach Cris Castro.

Against Buhach, the first half was a stalemate with neither team finding a rhythm or the back of the net.

Pitman came out determined and with the help of Rayana Plancarte's hat-trick the Pride went on to outscore the Thunder 4-1 for the win.

“We came out more determined in the second half against Buhach,” Castro said. “The girls stepped it up and we were able to control the second half and get the victory.”

Thursday's game at Merced started off with an even playing field for both teams but Merced was able to take advantage of two defensive miscues on Pitman's part and went into the half leading 2-0.

“The first half was even, but Merced was able to capitalize on two critical defensive errors on our part,” Castro said.

The second half was all Pitman, which came out strong and controlled the pace for the duration of the game after goals were scored from Alexis Castro from a Plancarte assist and then Plancarte notched the game tying goal with about 20 minutes left.

“All the girls worked hard and created several opportunities for a third goal, but unfortunately nothing fell after,” said Castro. “Defense led by Marlow Embry and including Serena Walls, Liz Perez and Hannah Reza played hard and kept Merced from scoring in the second half.”

Pitman will host Turlock High at 4 p.m. on April 14.