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Courgar Varsity Soccer Girls Win, Lose, Tie In Tournament
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Getting in some action on the field, the Lady Cougar soccer players went to Calaveras for a Thursday match, then took part in the Riverbank Tournament on Friday and Saturday.

Thursday, they went in missing a few players - still busy with basketball and cheerleading - and fell in a 5-0 contest to the host squad.

"Things didn't go quite as planned," agreed coach Craig Humrichouse. "We were still short three key players. They scored their goals in the first half, early on us, we made some adjustments and they didn't score on us in the second half."

Friday, the girls kicked off the Riverbank Tournament with a 2-2 against Linden, and had all players in the line-up, even if not all had gotten much practice time.

"We had Kacey Ball and Kara Fisher with us (from basketball) and they had no practice but they made a huge difference," Humrichouse said. "It was a well played match, we had a slow start, gave up two goals early but then scored."

Kaity Bojorquez and Kacey Ball had the goals, Ashley Brown and Bojorquez got the assists.

"Sarah Quiroz made five saves and she made a huge difference for us as well," said Humrichouse.

Quiroz is back with the squad after basketball cheerleading season and figures to provide some solid goaltending for the varsity squad this year.

Friday afternoon, the girls were back on the field to take on Trans-Valley League foe Livingston and shut out the Wolves in a 3-0 contest.

"Sarah made four saves, including one on a penalty kick," noted Humrichouse.

Scoring goals were Bojorquez, unassisted; Ball tallied just before the end of the first half on a picture-perfect cross pass assist from Fisher; Ball scored again in the second half off an assist from Samantha Metzler.

"Saturday morning we played against Oakdale and we played very well," Humrichouse said. "We lost 2-0 but there was a huge improvement over the first time we played them."

Escalon lost to Oakdale earlier this month, 5-0.

"The match was pretty evenly played," Humrichouse noted. "Aprille Ray stepped up and played very well at sweeper for us, Emily Alves and Jacki Garside did a good job at outside fullback."

Quiroz notched five saves and the girls were 1-1-1 for the tournament.

The JV girls, meanwhile, were invited to participate in the Riverbank tourney when one of the varsity squads dropped out.

"They got a lot of good experience," Humrichouse said.

The JV squad fell 3-1 to Patterson, which finished second in the tournament to Ripon, then were shut out by Waterford, 2-0 and Riverbank, 3-0.

"They were playing varsity teams and they did very well," noted Humrichouse.

This week, the girls will be on the home field, hosting Le Grand at 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 2.