Bearcats fall in penalty kicks at Cats and Hounds tournament


PASO ROBLES — Last weekend the Bearcats hosts the Cats and Hounds Tournament at Barney Schwartz. Varsity soccer teams from around the Central Coast, ranging all the way down to Santa Barbara and into the Valley, made the trip to compete on this Friday and Saturday.

The Bearcats went undefeated on their way to the championship game where they lost in sudden death. In total, the Paso Robles defense only surrendered two goals in regulation throughout all four of their games. In the Bearcats’ first game they played East Bakersfield and cruised to a 3-0 victory, sending them into the tournament full of confidence.

“I think we really came together as a defense were talking a lot better than we have been in practice,” Senior defender Marcus Rodriguez Stemper said. “We just talked a lot and talked to our midfielders and held them.”

The Bearcats were leading the Blades 2-0 at halftime and ended the game with a 3-0 victory. Junior midfielder Eric Reyes led the Bearcats offensively. Reyes scored two goals in the first game with one coming in each half.

“The first goal was a free kick on the other side,” Reyes said. “They crossed their first post and I ran first post and just got my head on it. The second one was a long ball and the defenders just got confused and I went in between them and got the ball.”  

Reyes currently leads the Bearcats in scoring with the five goals that he scored over the weekend.

The Bearcats controlled the pace of the game from start to finish without ever giving the Blades much hope for a comeback.

“We had the right tempo to what our game plan was,” Paso Robles Head soccer coach Omar Mcpherson said, “and the guys were a little bit more aggressive than the other team today. It is a great start to the tournament for us.”

In their second game of the tournament, the Bearcats played PAC 8 division rival Righetti. Paso took this opportunity to send an early message to the rest of the league by beating the Warriors soundly, 3-1. With a win against Righetti, the Bearcats advanced to play Coast Union High School in the semifinals. Paso’s high-powered offense and stout defense kept up their strong play as they overwhelmed the Broncos, winning 4-1.

The Bearcats advanced into the final of the Cats and Hounds Tournament riding a 10-2 goal differential in their first three games. Paso Robles played Santa Barbara High tough in the championship and the game came down the very end. The first half ended scoreless, and so did the second. The game entered into penalty kicks and after five shooters from either team, the game was still tied. The next shooter for Santa Barbara ended the tie and sent the Bearcats home in second place.

The Bearcats were back in action on Tuesday as the boy's varsity traveled to Templeton to take on the Eagles. Templeton got out to an early lead and went into halftime leading 1-0, but the Paso was able to score two in the second half and the game ended in a 2-2 tie.

The Bearcats will be in action again this weekend when they travel to Bakersfield to compete in the South Bakersfield High School Winter Classic.

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