The Mission Oak Hawks would love nothing more than to emulate the success of their crosstown rivals, the Tulare Union Redskins and the Tulare Western Mustangs, when it comes to East Yosemite League girls soccer prowess.
Mission Oak has suffered some tough learning lessons from Tulare Union and Tulare Western in trying to attempt to climb the EYL ladder.
But there may be signs that the Hawks are more than capable of giving the EYL powerhouses a run for their money.
Mission Oak and Tulare Union battled to a 1-1 tie Thursday at Mission Oak High School.
"This is a big step forward for our program," Mission Oak coach John Pimentel said. "I told the team, 'We have to take care of our house, and not lose any (league) games at home. We can't afford to lose to Union and Western at home. Hopefully, we can steal a game here or there on the road."
Mission Oak (8-5-3, 2-1-1) had lost its previous five matches to Tulare Union by a combined 23-4 score.
Mission Oak's Liz Cui scored in the 76th minute on a penalty kick to tie the game. The Redskins scored in the second minute to take a 1-0 lead.
Tulare Union (11-6-4, 3-0-1) has a 41-match EYL unbeaten streak. The Redskins' last EYL loss was a 3-0 defeat to Tulare Western on Jan. 29, 2010.
Lindsay 4, Farmersville 2: Jannely Rangel scored three goals and the Cardinals defeated the Aztecs in a nonleague match.
Kayla Camargo scored Lindsay's (6-10) other goal.
Aylin Castro and Stephanie Alba-Ramirez scored for the Aztecs.
Tulare Western 2, Monache 2: The Mustangs remained in the thick of the chase for the EYL championship with a draw against the first-place Marauders at Tulare Western.
Alonzo Alvarez scored both goals for Tulare Western (7-6-4, 2-1-1). He scored his first goal on a penalty kick in the second minute, and tied the game at 2-2 in the 55th minute with an assist from Edgar Gamez. The Mustangs are three points behind Monache (9-4, 3-0-1).
Tulare Western 57, Porterville 51: The Mustangs improved to 2-0 in EYL play with a win over the Panthers at Tulare Western.
Robin De Shazer had a game-high 20 points for Tulare Western (5-12, 2-0). Kobe Portillo added 14 points, and Alec Denney had 10 points.
Mission Oak 82, Monache 46: The Hawks' EYL record remained unblemished with a win over the Marauders in Porterville.
Bobby Alvarado poured in a game-high 20 points for Mission Oak (15-3, 2-0). Matt Zorn added 14 points, and Blake Shannon had 13 points.
Shannon also had 14 assists, and Austin Molezzo finished with 12 rebounds.
Tulare Union 75, Delano 51: The Redskins' EYL winning streak hit 52 with a win over the Tigers in Delano.
Keonta Vernon had 29 points for Tulare Union (15-3, 2-0), and Keith Mitchell had a career-best 17 points.
Tulare Union 56, Delano 43: Binny Bhaka had a 20-point performance to spark the Redskins in their win over the Tigers at Sim Iness Gymnasium.
Na'Chelle Terry had 13 points for Tulare Union (10-8, 1-1), and Jilaine Martin scored 12 points.
Corcoran 38, Woodlake 30: Regina Ramirez scored 11 points, but the Tigers came up short in an East Sequoia League game against the Panthers.
Gabby Diaz added eight points for Woodlake (7-9, 0-2).