VARSITY BOYS SOCCER
TEMPLETON DEFEATS ATASCADERO IN PENALTY KICKS AFTER 2-2 TIE
The Templeton Boys soccer won in a tremendous example of High School Soccer Friday night against the Atascadero Greyhounds.
The Eagles went down a goal very early in the game and trailed though-out most of the game. The boys went into halftime 1-2 down with one goal from Paul Schram. The second half had both teams with chances but with 10 minutes left in the game Connor Becker sprung the match into life with an equalizing goal 2-2 . The home fans then kicked in and played a huge part in the game with the support to lift their tired Eagles and start pounding on the Atascadero door. The game ended in a tie and went on to 2 x 10 minutes overtime. This was a back and forth affair but the Eagles, with their strong partisan support in the stands, found a new gear and started dominating the tired Hounds despite not scoring. Once overtime was done the game went to the best of 5 Penalty Kicks with plenty of positive energy in the Eagles camp. The Eagles, won the shootout 4-3 on the back of a fantastic save by sophomore Keeper Braden Gabler and strong goals by every Eagle player that stepped up to the mark. The game ended with the team mobbing Gabler for his save to see off the Atascadero PK.
The team wants to thank the fans for bracing a cold Friday night and giving their Eagles the wonderful support to help them outlast the Greyhounds. This victory moves the Eagles into sole 2nd place and a 6-2 record in league play. Up next is a home game vs Orcutt Academy, next Tuesday Jan 21st at 6:00pm.
JV BOYS SOCCER
It was a busy weekend for our JV boys soccer team. Friday night our boys suffered a tough loss to Atascadero Friday night at home with the only goal coming from a header by Nelson Johnson. But the weekend was just beginning.
On Saturday they traveled to Santa Maria High to take part in a “mini tournament” that included Paso Robles, Pioneer Valley, SLO, Atascadero, and Arroyo Grande.
In the opening game the Eagles came out on top 2-1 with Lucas Hamor and Dillion Kriling scoring for the Eagles’ first win of the tournament. In the second and final game of the tournament for the Eagles Lucas Hamor scored two goals and Nelson Johnson scored one to secure the win 3-1.
Great job Eagles. We are proud of you. Both boys soccer teams are back in action tonight at home against Pioneer Valley at home. JV plays at 4:00 and Varsity at 6:00.
The Templeton Eagles Girls Varsity team suffered a 1 – 0 loss to the Santa Maria Saints at Ralph Baldiviez Stadium this past Friday night.
Coach Perez said, “We knew it would be a very physical battle and that Santa Maria would be looking to avenge a 3 – 1 loss to the Eagles earlier in the month.” Although the shots on goal were fairly equal, Eagles 9 and Saints 8, Santa Maria scored a goal on a designed play from a corner kick. Santa Maria earned a corner kick and two players walked out to take the kick. We didn’t recognize that they could make a short pass and then dribble the ball into the Penalty Area. By the time we realized their intent, a Santa Maria player was already within shooting distance and was undefended when she took a shot. Once they scored, Santa Maria hunkered down defensively and kicked the ball away from their area whenever possible. Although we spent a lot of time Santa Maria’s side of the field, we just couldn’t score a goal.
“We knew it would be a very physical battle and that Santa Maria would be looking to avenge a 3 – 1 loss to the Eagles earlier in the month.” — Coach Mario Perez
A tough loss for the Eagles but they will be looking to get back on Wednesday night as the Eagles face Morro Bay at home. JV starts at 4:00 and the Varsity at 6:00pm.
The Eagles hit the road Friday to face Pioneer Valley. On a normal night, if everything is going the way it normally does the Eagles would come away with a victory. But Friday night wasn’t an ordinary night. The Eagles, for the second straight game, had to play missing some key pieces to the puzzle. Xander Shaw was out with a hurt knee and several other players were hurt, sick or gone.
Coach Cherry said, “Friday was a tough night for us. Pioneer Valley, who is much better than their schedule leads you to believe, played very well. That combined with us missing 3 key players just left us a bit short-handed to pull off a win. It was a tough loss, and not a timely one coming off the Morro Bay loss earlier this week.”
He continued, “Despite that, I am very happy with how the kids that were at the game played. They played with a lot of heart, but we lacked that slight edge we needed to get over the top. This backs us into a corner for sure with trying to win a repeat league championship. At this juncture we have to win out and hope someone else can bump off Morro Bay for us.”
“Despite the loss, I am very happy with how the kids that were at the game played. They played with a lot of heart.” — Coach Andrew Cherry
Evan Asplund turned in a double – double with 10 points and 13 rebounds. Junior guard Josh Kaiser led the Eagles in scoring with 11. Mitchel Savery-Orton had 9 points and Seth Cherry had 6 points and 6 rebounds. Merek Hall and Austin Hill with 6 points each.
The Eagles next play Atascadero at home on tonight. Freshmen play at 3:45, JV at 5:15 and Varsity at 6:30. Go Eagles !!!
The Lady Eagles won a hard fought battle against cross town rival Atascadero Friday night and pulled out the 6 point victory, 49-43.
“We banded together and fought hard to take down our biggest rival.” — Hope Erwin
Ashlyn Janzen led the Eagles with 15 points and Hope Erwin brought in 14. Erwin shared after the game, “We banded together and fought hard to take down our biggest rival.” Senior Ashley Hurdle said, “We worked really hard to prepared for this game. We had just lost to Morro Bay, a game we could have won. So we came in with a chip on our shoulder.” After the win Coach Shawn Koehler said, “With Hannah Clark slightly injured, freshmen Melissa Takata stepped up as point guard. We got a lot of good defensive minutes from freshmen Nyianni Mathis. It was a very very physical game that could have gone either way.”
The Eagles are now 2-1 and move into a 3 way tie for second with St. Joseph and Morro Bay. Atascadero drops to 0-3 in league play. The Eagles play Wednesday night at home against Orcutt Academy who are undefeated in league. JV game starts at 5:15, Varsity at 6:30.