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Losses Posted By Soccer Squads
Outgunned, Escalon's JV and varsity soccer teams each took a pair of losses this week, playing on the road and at home.

Patterson's soccer players scored early and often against a depleted Escalon roster on Monday, Sept. 12 and the woes continued for the Cougars on Thursday, as they lost a 6-2 decision to visiting Riverbank to open Trans-Valley League play on Sept. 15.

On the road for the final non-league contest first, coach Paul Silva said Patterson just overwhelmed his team.

"We were down three starters and that kind of put us in a bad spot," Silva said.

The host Tigers roared past the Cougars, 15-0.

On Thursday, with a few JV players added to the roster for the league campaign, the Cougars were down 3-0 at half to Riverbank and battled back, chipping away in the second half before ultimately losing 6-2.

"They're probably the strongest team in league," Silva said of Riverbank. "We just didn't possess the ball enough and we just didn't finish."

Hector Esparza and Rafael Aranda put the ball in the net for the Cougars.

Aranda, Angel Gomez and Juan Vazquez are the JV players taken up to the varsity.

The team will play at Ripon and at Orestimba this week, then host Hughson on Tuesday, Sept. 27.

"This week will be key for us, those are the teams we need to compete with, do well against," Silva said of the Indians and Warriors.


Monday, the JV Cougars were shut out by host Patterson, 8-0.

"They showed us a thing or two," admitted coach Chris Oliveira. "We held them scoreless for the first 20 minutes, we finally figured out what we're supposed to be doing, but they just weren't able to maintain it."

Patterson just had too many weapons and made the JV boys pay.

Hosting Riverbank on Thursday, Sept. 15 for the Trans-Valley League opener, it was a 4-0 loss for the JV boys.

A trio of players was taken up to the varsity, leaving the JV at just 14 on the roster, with few subs.

"They kind of wore us down," Oliveira admitted of the Bruins.

He did like the effort from his team and said they are working hard to improve.