It didn’t take long for Oakdale High’s girls soccer program to boot its way into the win column for the 2012 season.
Oakdale’s varsity girls went 3-1 to claim a Pitman Tournament bracket first place showing while the JV Lady Mustangs finished 1-1-2 in their bracket play.
Oakdale handled Division I Downey in a 3-1 season opener on Friday, March 24 after a goal each by Sara Siemsen, Jill Kahler and Markie Arnold.
Four saves from McKenzie Weiglein couldn’t prevent a 1-0 defeat to Atwater a game later, but Oakdale bounced back with a 2-1 victory over Turlock on Feb. 25 and got their third win via forfeit in a scheduled afternoon game Saturday against Livingston.
Kahler and Jazmin Velasquez both scored on Turlock while Jessica Gomez dished out an assist and Weiglein made five stops in the shutout.
Injuries to Livingston’s lineup forced the Wolves to withdraw from bracket play and awarded a 2-0 forfeit win to the varsity girls.
“I think we did very well and it was a good start,” Oakdale coach Alfredo Quiroga said. “I think we will have a very good year together.”
Oakdale was at Enochs on Tuesday, though results were not available at press time. The program hosts Tokay of Lodi on Thursday.
With new head coach Jaime Martinez getting 11th hour notice that everything was in order for him to take the reins, he had one practice with his team before they headed into battle at Pitman. The girls opened up with a 2-1 victory over Downey, with Christina Bradshaw notching the first goal of the tourney for the JV girls off an assist from Anna Ogden. Bradshaw had the assist on goal number two, put in by Tori Coffey. Netminder Hannah Hanko, coming over from basketball, made a smooth transition to the pitch and made several solid stops.
Friday afternoon, the girls locked up with Atwater in a 0-0 finale with some solid defensive work by the returning tandem of Katelyn Jackson and Ally Jackson, with freshman Helena Hoover also making her presence felt, along with speedy Julianne Kummer covering a lot of ground.
On Saturday, the JV girls lost a tough 1-0 decision to eventual bracket winner Turlock, which topped the other three bracket teams by scores of 5-0, 5-0 and 6-0.
Oakdale closed out the two-day event with a hard fought 0-0 tie against Ceres in a windblown contest, with several good saves by goalies in both nets.
“There were some real positives,” said coach Martinez. “We have things to work on but there are definitely some good things we take out of this tournament.”