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Pattersons lone goal trumps Pitman efforts
Pitman's David Amaya cuts off his Patterson opponent in hopes of nabbing the ball away on Tuesday. - photo by CANDY PADILLA/The Journal

Pitman boys’ soccer fell short to Patterson on Tuesday afternoon as the Tiger’s defense did not allow the Pride to score.

An early mistake in the first half gave Patterson (4-1-1) the lead and the score ceased to change after with 1-0 being the final.

“We came out a little bit soft,” said Ramsin Larios, Pride captain. “We worked hard but didn’t capitalize on our opportunities.”

It was a non-conference game that allowed Pitman (5-2-2) to identify what they need to work on and move forward.

“Patterson is a good defensive team and they defended well,” said Pitman Coach Cesar Mercado. “They had eight or nine defenders behind the ball; we were just trying to find space and they didn’t allow it. This will help us when we face a team like that in our league.”

Pitman created a few opportunities to score but Patterson’s goalie had great saves.

“We’re going to work on combining and changing the rhythm of the game the last 30 minutes,” said Mercado. “I’m still proud of how we played as a team.”

Pitman will face the Chavez Titans starting at 4 p.m. at the Turlock Soccer Complex on Thursday.