Second half goals lift Lady Bearcats over the Panthers

PASO ROBLES — The Lady Bearcats soccer team suffered two tough losses last season as they began the second half of league play. On Tuesday, the girls dropped their game against St. Joseph in overtime 4-3. Paso and St. Joseph battled back and forth, but the loss hurts the Bearcats, who were trying to keep pace in the PAC 8 with San Luis Obispo, Atascadero, and Arroyo Grande, because they beat the Knights the first time around.

Friday night, the Bearcats played the top team in PAC 8, the San Luis Obispo Tigers. The Tigers were coming off a dismantling of the Hounds (No. 2 in PAC 8), beating them 4-0. The Tigers continued with their high-powered offense, defeating Paso 8-0.

The Bearcats hosted Pioneer Valley on Monday in what was another important league game. In their first league meeting, the two teams tied after a game and two 10-minute overtime periods of scoreless play.

The Bearcats came out sluggish and the Panthers struck first. Paso goalie Alexis Serna was tested several times early and made the initial save on PV’s goal, but the ball bounced off her body into the charging Panther player and forward into the goal.

Once PV scored, Paso ratcheted up their intensity and 10 minutes later they had their equalizer from Senior captain Taylor Perez.

“We started getting momentum back and we worked it down the field,” Perez said. “Madison [Wineman] carried the ball pretty well and there was just a little unlucky bounce on their part and I finished it. So that was pretty cool.”

Perez shot from the corner of the 18-yard box and placed the ball over the goalie's head and into the side netting.

At halftime the game was tied at 1-1 and Paso added two more goals in the second half to come away victorious, 3-1. Elise Scheiffele scored the Bearcats’ second goal, assisted by Giselle Zatarain. After gathering a loose ball around midfield, Zatarain passed the ball past the last defender to Scheiffele who finished with another great shot for Paso.

Wineman put the finishing touches on the game when she was elected to take a penalty kick given after a PV handball in the box.

After the first 15 minutes of the game, the Paso defense really settled in and gave up few if any real chances at goal in the second half.

“I think definitely in the beginning we were a little slow,” Senior defender Jaydn Steaffens said.  “We were really lazy in warmups so that was probably why, but we definitely picked it up once we got into it.”

The Bearcats have confidence and will need it as they face AG and Atascadero this week.

“We had a rough start to our second half,” Steaffens said. “But we know that if we don't put our heads in it that we aren’t going to get it, but we want it, so we are going to put our heads in it and we are going to get it.”


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