NEWBURY PARK — The Paso Robles Bearcats boys soccer season came to an end Friday when they lost to Newbury Park, 5-0. Newbury was the No. 1 team to come out of the Marmonte League, with a record of 12-1-2, while the Bearcats were the third team to come out of the PAC 8.
The Panthers jumped on the Bearcats early and kept the foot to the ground in the second half. Newbury scored two quick goals to start the game before the Bearcats defense had settled in. For the next 30 minutes of the half, Paso tried to establish a rhythm within their offense but could not get one into the back of the net.
The Bearcats fired off many shots at the end of the second half knowing that the game would be totally different if the score was 2-1 at halftime with Paso having all the momentum. Erick Reyes (The Bearcats leading scorer this season) had the best look of the half, with less than 30 seconds on the clock, but his shot sailed just wide. Paso trailed 2-0 at halftime.
Head Coach Omar Mcpherson sat the team down at halftime and talked with them before exiting the huddle and allowing the players to find their motivation among themselves.
The Bearcats entered the second half energized and continued to put major pressure on the Newbury Park defense, but it just was not their day. Paso could not execute in the final third of the field and that was the difference in the game.
With 25 minutes to go, still down 2-0, the Panthers caught the Bearcats overextended, trying to generate offense, and executed a perfect counter attack. As the ball hit the back of the net, the Bearcat players began to wave the white flag. Thirty seconds later Newbury Park added their fourth goal on what looked like a missed offsides call, but it was clear the game was over.
With three minutes to go, Javier Solis was finally able to get past the Panther back line and was dragged down in the box and a penalty kick was called. Alfredo Moreno took the shot for the Bearcats but it was blocked.
The Bearcats will graduate eight seniors from this year’s team and that includes their stellar goalkeeper Victor Rodriguez and most of their starting defense. Including Rodriguez, the seniors that will be graduating are Marcus Rodriguez Stemper, Javier Solis, Ramon Torres, Daniel Zavala, Carlos Pedia, Alan Aceves and Alec Aceves.
This was truly a tale of two seasons for Paso. The Bearcats only lost three of their first 18 games this