PASO ROBLES -- Coming off their toughest week of the season, in which they played three games in five days, two of which went into overtime, one against their most hated rival, the Bearcats boys soccer team has bounced back in a big way.
After receiving the No. 2 ranking in Division 3 of the CIFSS, Paso received everyone's best shot. After grinding out a long, grueling, 2-1 victory over Pioneer Valley on Monday the Bearcats had to host Arroyo Grande Eagles, who are currently the top team in PAC 8. AG and Paso battled for forty scoreless minutes, and then 20 more before the game finally ended in a 0-0 tie. Two days later the Bearcats hosted the Greyhounds in their best game of the season but escaped with a 2-1 overtime victory thanks to a late goal by Javier Solis.
Due to the poor weather forcing the Hounds to play in Paso last week, the Bearcats have now played a span of five out of six games at home. In that span, Paso has scored 15 goals and only surrendered five.
“Our entire back line has been doing a fantastic job,” Head Coach Omar Mcpherson said. “I am really proud of the way they have been playing in the back.”
On Friday night, the Bearcats hosted the 0-8 (in PAC 8) Mission Prep Royals and took care of business in the second half. The Royals played the Bearcats to a draw in the first half, but Paso scored five times in the second half to run away with the game.
On Tuesday, the Bearcats hosted St. Joseph and again looked great on offense.
“We have been moving the ball around a lot better,” McPherson said.
Paso scored six goals against the Knights, this time with four of them coming in the opening half.
The Bearcats are in second place in the PAC 8, only a half-point behind the Arroyo Grande Eagles, but hold the league’s best offense and best defense. On the entire season, the Bearcats are +29 in goal differential and +15 in
Paso will get their shot at Arroyo Grande on Jan. 31 when they play again for what is probably the league title.
(Photos by Heather Nguyen)