Friday, Dec 14 2012 10:54 PM

'Feisty' is not quite enough for Centennial

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    By Casey Christie / The Californian

    Chaminade High's Amanda Shadler, left, and Centennial High's Morgan Collins battle for ball control during Friday's first day of the Garces Holiday Soccer Festival at State Farm Sports Village.

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    By Casey Christie / The Californian

    Centennial High's Megan Brooks uses her head for a shot towards the goal while playing against Chaminade High in the Garces Holiday Soccer Festival, Friday afternoon in Bakersfield.

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    By Casey Christie / The Californian

    Chaminade High's Abbi Williams, left, takes a fall while her and Centennial High's Sarah Schultz go after the ball during the first day of the Garces Holiday Soccer Festival at the State Farm Sports village.

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BY STEVE LYNCH Special to The Californian

Scrappy, tough and physical. The Centennial girls soccer team was all those things in its opening round game of the Garces Holiday Soccer Festival on Friday.

However, the Golden Hawks' determined effort wasn't nearly enough though to keep them from losing 3-1 to powerful West Hills-Chaminade in first round play of the Girls Elite 8 Division at the State Farm Sports Village.

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Thursday's scores

Friday Results & Saturday Semifinals

(times a.m. unless noted)



Pioneer Valley 4 Liberty 0

Clovis West 2 South East 1 (2OT)

Golden Valley 2 South Gate 1

Centennial 1 Buchanan 0

Semifinals @ KCSP

South Gate vs. Buchanan, 9.

Liberty vs. South East, 9

Golden Valley vs. Centennial, 10:45

Pioneer Valley vs. Clovis West, 10:45



Bakersfield 2 Nipomo 1

Wasco 1 Frontier 1 (WHS wins PK)

West 3 Stockdale 0

San Luis Obispo 1, Mira Monte 0

Semifinals @ KCSP

Nipomo vs. Frontier, 9

Stockdale vs. Mira Monte, 9

Bakersfield vs. Wasco, 10:45

West vs. San Luis Obispo, 10:45



Tulare Western 2 SJ Memorial 1

Arvin 4 Monache 2

Farmersville 3 Independence 0

Chaminade 4 Sanger 1

Semifinals @ KCSP

SJ Memorial vs. Monache, 9

Independence vs. Sanger, 9

Tulare Western vs. Arvin, 10:45

Farmersville vs. Chaminade, 10:45



El Diamante 6 Ridgeview 1

Delano 6 East 0

Highland 3 Mission Oak 0

McFarland 2 Atascadero 0

Semifinals @ KCSP

Atascadero vs. Mission Oak, 9

Ridgeview vs. East, 9

Highland vs. McFarland, 10:45

El Diamante vs. Delano, 10:45



Mammoth Lakes 7 Stockdale JV 0

Porterville 4 Coast Union 1

South 5 McLane 0

Morro Bay 3 Tulare Union 2

Semifinals @ KCSP

Stockdale JV vs. Coast Union, 9

McLane vs. Tulare Union, 9

Mammoth Lakes vs. Porterville, 10:45

Morro Bay vs. South, 10:45



Liberty Madera 5 Woodlake 1

North 7 Las Plumas 0

Shafter 5 Garces 0

Tehachapi vs. Tranquillity

Semifinals @ SFSV

Woodlake vs. Las Plumas, 9

Garces vs. TBD, 9

Liberty Madera vs. North, 10:45

Shafter vs. TBD, 10:45



Bakersfield Christian 4 Frazier Mountain 3

Cesar Chavez 3 Central Valley Christian 1

Mira Monte JV 2 Kennedy 1

Taft 7 Sierra 0

Semifinals @ SFSV

Frazier Mountain vs. Central Valley Christian, 9

Kennedy vs. Sierra, 9

Bakersfield Christian vs. Cesar Chavez, 10:45

Mira Monte JV vs. Taft, 10:45


First Round

Wasco JV 1 Fresno Christian 0

Orcutt 5 Kern Valley 1

Bakersfield JV 10 Desert 1

Saturday @ SFSV

University Prep vs. Bakersfield JV, 9

Orcutt vs. Fresno Christian, 9

Kern Valley vs. Desert, 10:45

University Prep vs. Orcutt, 12:45 p.m.

Bakersfield JV vs. Wasco JV, 12:45 p.m.

Desert vs. Fresno Christian, 2:30 p.m.

Wasco JV vs. University Prep, 4:15 p.m.

Bakersfield JV vs. Kern Valley, 4:15 p.m.



Chaminade 3 Centennial 1

Tulare Union 2 Clovis West 0

Clovis North 1 Liberty Bakersfield 0

Central 4 Stockdale 0

Semifinals @ KCSP

Centennial vs. Clovis West, 9

Stockdale vs Liberty, 9

Chaminade vs. Tulare Union, 10:45

Central vs. Clovis North, 10:45



Garces 3 Bakersfield 0

Liberty Madera 2 SJ Memorial 2 (LMHS wins PK)

Frontier 2 Highland 0

San Luis Obispo 2 Clovis East 0

Semifinals @ Garces HS

Bakersfield vs. SJ Memorial, 9

Highland vs. Clovis East, 9

Garces vs. Liberty Madera, 10:45

Frontier vs. San Luis Obispo, 10:45



Madera 1 Central Valley Christian 0 (2OT)

Sanger 2 Ridgeview 0

Tulare Western 3 Independence 1

Atascadero 3 Edison 2

Semifinals @ KCSP

Central Valley Christian vs. Ridgeview, 9

Independence vs. Edison, 9

Madera vs. Snager, 10:45

Tulare Western vs. Atascadero, 10:45



St. Joseph 7 Golden Valley 0

Tehachapi 6 Sutter 1

Bakersfield Christian 5 Mt. Whitney 4

Mission Oak 5 Paso Robles 1

Semifinals @ KCSP

Sutter vs. Golden Valley, 9

Paso Robles vs. Mt. Whitney, 9

Tehachapi vs. St. Joseph, 10:45

Mission Oak vs. Bakersfield Christian, 10:45



Mira Monte 2 Mammoth Lakes 1

Winters 4 Wasco 3

Morro Bay 4 West 1

Foothill 4 South 2

Semifinals @ KCSP

Mammoth Lakes vs. Wasco, 9

West vs. South, 9

Mira Monte vs. Winters, 10:45

Morro Bay vs. Foothill, 10:45



Stockdale JV 2 Antelope Valley 1

East 3 Burroughs 1

Frazier Mountain 1 Delano 0

Farmersville 5 Las Plumas 0

Semifinals @ Stockdale HS

Antelope Valley vs. Burroughs, 9

Delano vs. Las Plumas, 9

Stockdale JV vs. East, 10:45

Frazier Mountain vs. Farmersville, 10:45



Kern Valley 1 Cesar Chavez 0

Fresno Christian 4 Arvin 1

Coast Union 3 McFarland 2

Taft 6 Rosamond 1

Semifinals @ SFSV

Cesar Chavez vs. Arvin, 9

McFarland vs. Rosamond, 9

Kern Valley vs. Fresno Christian, 10:45

Coast Union vs. Taft, 10:45


First Round

Orcutt 4 Desert 1

Saturday @ KCSP

Paramount Bard vs. Desert, 10:45

Orcutt Vs. Kennedy, 10:45

Paramount Bard vs. Orcutt, 2:30 p.m.

Kennedy vs. Desert, 2:30 p.m.


First Round

Frontier JV 7 Wasco JV 0

Tulare Union JV 2 Liberty JV 0

San Luis Obispo JV 4 Garces 0

Chaminade (5-0-1) took a 1-0 lead midway through the first half, courtesy of a Centennial own-goal, and never relinquished control.

The Eagles, ranked No. 10 in the state by MaxPreps and the tournament's defending Elite 8 champion, had nine shots on goal compared to just one for Centennial.

Down 2-0 at halftime, the Golden Hawks (3-2-2) got back to within striking distance early in the second half on a Madison Parks goal.

But roughly eight minutes later a Centennial turnover deep on its side led to a score by Brittany McKinney that extended Chaminade's advantage to 3-1.

"I thought (Centennial) did a great job," Chaminade coach Mike Evans said. "They were feisty, one of the tougher teams we've played so far. They were on us the whole time."

The other two local teams in the Girls Elite 8 Division also lost on Friday.

Liberty was edged 1-0 by Clovis North while Stockdale got beat 4-1 by Fresno-Central.

Despite losing, Centennial coach Lindsay Long said she thought her team played well.

"Chaminade is very strong and physical," she said. "They were first to the ball most of the second half. When a team is first to the ball, they're probably going to be successful.

"So we played a great game against them. We were physical and matched up well."

The Eagles converted two of their five corner kicks into goals, including a Jenna Halbrook header into the back of the net off a well-struck cross from Desteny Vasquez.

That goal came just four minutes after Parks accidentally deflected Chaminade's second corner kick of the game past her keeper.

"At that point I think the girls kind of broke down a little bit," Long said of the own-goal. "And then Chaminade scored off a set piece, which they're excellent at."

The Golden Hawks regrouped at halftime and came out strong to start the final 40 minutes.

In the game's 47th minute they broke finally through when Parks took a pass at the top of the box and nailed a perfectly placed shot into the top, left corner of the net.

"My teammate Morgan Collins gave a great ball and I timed it perfectly and just got it in," Parks said.

Parks' goal is only the second allowed this season by Chaminade, which has nine starters back from a squad that lost 1-0 last year to eventual champion Aliso Niguel in the Southern Section Division I playoffs.

"We got a lot of seniors in the back," Evans said. "We got a senior and a junior keeper. Both are solid. And straight across the back, all seniors. These are girls that have played four years of varsity. So our experience back there is going to be kind of our thing this year is to play strong defensively."

Centennial and Chaminade are among 129 teams, divided up into eight boys divisions and nine girls divisions, competing in the two-day tournament hosted by Garces.

The best Centennial, Liberty, and Stockdale can now hope for is fifth place.

Stockdale battled back from an early 2-0 deficit against Central with a goal by Katelyn Thatcher that pulled the Mustangs to within one at halftime.

But the Grizzlies (11-2) kept up the pressure in the second half, firing 12 shots on goal.

Justine Fuentes had a pair of goals, one in each half, for Central.

Kelly Garzon and Ely De Alba tallied the Grizzlies' other two scores.

"They just out-hustled us today," Stockdale coach Janien McGowan said. "That's just the way it goes. You've got to be first to the ball and they were just half-a-step ahead of us today."

Stockdale goal keeper Tori Farris, who was under constant attack, had seven second-half saves.

"We just didn't get too organized in the back and we kind of pushed another person up since we were down," McGowan said. ... "Our goal keeper did an outstanding job. It could have been a lot more than it was. She made some great saves for us. I'm very proud of her."

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