Grizzlies outpaced by Rosamond Roadrunners

Granite Hills’ Rocio Tecuapa fights for the ball against Rosamond at Jamison Stadium this past Tuesday. In the first round of the Division VI Central Section playoffs, the Grizzlies suffered a 2-0 loss to the Rosamond Roadrunners.(Kason Clark)

Granite Hills girls soccer loses 2-0 to Rosamond in the opening match of the Division VI Central Section playoffs; the Grizzlies end the winter with a record of 11-14-5

PORTERVILLE – Granite Hills girls soccer may have been the home team to open the Division VI Central Section playoffs this past Tuesday night. But that did not matter against the No. 10 seed Rosamond Roadrunners.

At Jamison Stadium, the No. 7 seed Grizzlies came out strong as they fought Rosamond to a scoreless tie heading into halftime. But late in the second half, the Roadrunners scored a couple quick goals to walk away with the 2-0 win on Feb. 13. Granite Hills head coach Jesus Martinez believes the Grizzlies had their opportunities, but they just were not able to capitalize in order to keep pace with the Roadrunners.

“I don’t think our girls performed bad at all. It was just a very unfortunate game,” Martinez said. “At the end of the day, whoever makes the chances they have in front of them wins the game. And in this case, we couldn’t push it and this is the result.”

The Grizzlies did play good defense throughout the night to keep it a competitive match. But the visiting Roadrunners also held strong on their end as the game went into halftime in a scoreless tie. Then through most of the second half, the Grizzlies and Roadrunners continued to keep the other team out of the net.

But as regulation neared its end, Rosamond finally broke through with a goal to take the lead. Now trailing with seven minutes left in regulation, the Grizzlies were desperate for a score. They had a good opportunity a few minutes later, but the Rosamond goalie held onto the ball to keep it out of the net. While they had scoring opportunities throughout the night, the young and inexperienced Grizzlies were unable to capitalize on any of them.

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Granite Hills’ Yeraldin Ibarra dribbles the ball against Rosamond. With their loss to Rosamond, the Grizzlies were eliminated from the Divsion VI Central Section playoffs. (Kason Clark)

“Playoffs are a big stage for a lot of these girls,” Martinez said. “They were hesitating and they were thinking about it way too much.”

With about a minute left in the game, the Roadrunners scored another goal to squash any remaining hopes for the Grizzlies. With the loss, Granite Hills was eliminated from the postseason and ended its season with an overall record of 11-14-5.

While the Grizzlies ended the year with a losing record and lost in the first round of the postseason, Martinez is optimistic about their future. Along with his young players gaining more experience, he also grew as a first-year head coach. As they take that experience into the future, Martinez expects it to help the Grizzlies become a successful program.

“This season was good as it was an eye opener for a lot of these freshmen and a lot of these sophomores,” Martinez said. “It was a good first season for me as a head coach and I think some great years are yet to come for us.”

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