With the move from fall to winter, the Oakdale boys soccer began its preseason on Friday, Nov. 26 with a home match against Enochs. The shorthanded Mustangs fell to Enochs 2-1.
“We were shorthanded as the majority of our players are still playing football or competing in comp league. But for those who were out there, it was a good experience for them,” said head coach Alfredo Quiroga.
Down 1-0 late in the first half, senior Wes Allen scored on a penalty kick to tie it up.
“That was the highlight of our night. It was the first game of the year and like I said we were shorthanded, so all and all I think we played well,” Quiroga added.
With the move from fall to winter Coach Quiroga pointed out the pros and cons of the CIF season change.
“When I first heard of it, I thought this will not work. The thing about it now is that we share the season with the girls and that takes away from both of our practice times on game days. A positive is that we will not be playing in 100-degree weather like we have in the spring and fall before. But to counter that point, we are now faced with the soggy conditions of our field,” Quiroga said.
The Mustangs busy schedule continued with a home showdown with Beyer on Monday, Nov. 28 following The Leader’s press time. Oakdale will host Pitman today, Wednesday Nov. 30 with junior varsity taking the field at 4 p.m. and varsity action at 5:30 p.m. The Mustangs will also be competing in the Pitman Invitational set for the weekend.
The junior varsity and varsity girls took the home field on Tuesday, Nov. 29 in a preseason match against Central following The Leader’s press time. Oakdale will have two road preseason matches this week as they travel to Turlock on Thursday, Dec. 1 and play Tuesday, Dec. 6 at Franklin. Oakdale will compete in the annual Pitman Tournament set for Friday, Dec. 9. The girls aren’t scheduled for a home match until Wednesday, Jan. 4 when they take on Sierra.