Mt. Whitney first-year girls soccer coach Frankie Gonzalez believes his team has the talent to make a run in the postseason.
The Pioneers got off to a strong start this season, but have found themselves in a bit of a funk recently.
Gonzalez hopes a 1-1 tie against El Diamante on Tuesday is the beginning of a turnaround.
"We have the players," Gonzalez said. "It is a matter of whether we can come together as a team. The big thing is we have to finish our chances. We create a lot of opportunities, we're just not finishing."
Trailing 1-0 against the Miners, Mt. Whitney finished. Kendall McGovran scored in the 63rd minute to tie the game at 1-1.
Goalkeeper Morgan Heath finished with three saves to help preserve the tie.
Lizangel Calderon scored the goal for El Diamante.
"We battled both ways," Gonzalez said. "Both teams couldn't finish and it ended in a draw. It was a good effort by both teams."
Mt. Whitney still has some work to do if it hopes to reach the playoffs. They are 4-3-1 in the WYL and 9-7-2 overall.
"Our key phrase this year was to be happy with the wins, but to never be satisfied," Gonzalez said. "We have to get back to playing the way we were earlier this season."
The Pioneers will have a tough challenge as they try to regain their early-season form when they play at Lemoore on Tuesday.
Redwood 5, Hanford West 0: Alyssa Pratt scored two goals and the Rangers defeated the Huskies in a West Yosemite League game.
Monique Sanchez, Brittany Ontiveros and Maddy Messier each added one goal for the Rangers (7-1, 16-4-1). Goalkeeper Caitlin Ownes had four saves.
The Rangers will host Lemoore on Friday with the winner taking sole possession of first place in the WYL.
Golden West 2, Hanford 1: Larissa Medina scored on an assist from Kelsey Thomas in the 78th minute and the Trailblazers defeated the Bullpups in a West Yosemite League game.
Golden West first got on the scoreboard in the ninth minute on a goal by Amanda Hernandez. She was assisted by Jennifer Saavedra.
Goalkeeper Amanda Nuckols had seven saves as Golden West improved to 3-5 in league.
Central Valley Christian 2, Kingsburg 1: Nicole Bouvia scored in the 86th minute on a pass from Kayla Stock and the Cavaliers defeated the Vikings in a Central Sequoia League game.
Bouvia also scored in the 35th minute to give the Cavaliers a 1-0 lead at halftime. Kingsburg scored to open the second half to force the tie.
Goalkeeper Emily Whyte stayed busy for CVC, finishing with 10 saves.
The Cavaliers improved to 4-0-1 in CSL play and 7-7-3 overall.
Lindsay 8, Woodlake 0: Jannely Rangel scored four goals and the Cardinals defeated the Tigers in an East Sequoia League game.
Daisy Rodriguez added two goals, Audrianna Gutierrez and Kayla Camargo each scored one goal and goalie Sandra Cortez had five saves for Lindsay (7-10, 3-1).
Mt. Whitney 1, El Diamante 0: The Pioneers scored in the ninth minute and shut down the prolific Miner offense en route to a West Yosemite League victory.
Jose Solano scored the game's only goal. Chris Angulo crossed the ball to Eber Ramirez, who then headed it to Solano for the shot.
"It is definitely a big win for confidence," Mt. Whitney coach Rodney Aguiar said. "We played well against Golden West and had chances so we were disappointed from that loss. To bounce back from a disappointing loss and play a team as strong as El Diamante the way we did, it is a big deal for us. It showed that we're maturing as a team and starting to play together."
Sophomore goalkeeper Austin Aguair recorded five saves to help preserve the shut out for Mt. Whitney (10-8-3, 5-3).
The Miners (11-5-2, 5-2) had been scoring goals almost at will during the first half of league play. They scored 37 goals in six games, including a 4-0 win over the Pioneers the first time around.
"What we did well is, El Diamante likes to counter and we made sure we defended against that well," Aguiar said. "Whether it was a corner kick or a throw-in, we were diligent about being sure we were prepared for the counter. For the most part, we prevented them from countering and had our guys behind the ball."
Hanford 2, Golden West 1: The Trailblazers had a chance to take a two-game lead in the West Yosemite League standings, but they came up short against the Bullpups in overtime.
Golden West fell to 7-1 in league and 14-3-1 overall.
Robert Zarco scored the only goal of the game for the Trailblazers in the 25th minute.
"We started slow but played better as the game went on," Golden West coach John McCaw said. "We were unlucky not to finish a few of our chances."
The Trailblazers will look to bounce back when they play at Hanford West on Thursday.
CVC 1, Kingsburg 1: Matt Garbani scored in the first half for the Cavaliers as they tied the Vikings in a Central Sequoia League game.
It was the first tie of the season for CVC, which is 1-3-1 in the CSL and 8-8-1 overall.
Farmersville 8, Orange Cove 0: Pedro Berber scored or assisted all five first-half goals for the Aztecs in a dominant East Sierra League win at home against the Titans.
Berber scored two goals and assisted three others for Farmersville (15-3-2, 4-0). Andres Cisneros scored one and assisted another. Moises Hernandez scored twice. Sergio Longino, Victor Torres and Alex Parga each scored once.
Golden West 61, El Diamante 50: Niarah Johnson scored 16 points and the Trailblazers picked their first West Yosemite League win of the season.
Destinee Garcia added 13 points and Julisa Barr joined them in double figures with 11 points.
El Diamante was led by Paige Richardson with 16 points and Katie Reeves with 15 points.
Strathmore 32, Corcoran 28: Vianay Gonzalez scored 11 points to lead the Spartans to an East Sequoia League win at home over the Panthers.
Gonzalez was the only girl to finish with double digit points from either team.
The game was tied 10-10 after the first quarter before Corcoran (6-12, 2-1) took a four-point lead into the fourth and final frame, where Strathmore (7-13, 2-1) rallied to outscore the Panthers 10-2.
Kingsburg 50, CVC 37: Kristin Stone scored 12 points as the Cavaliers lost to the Vikings in a Central Sequoia League game.
Jamie Dykstra scored eight points and Lindsey Calvin added six points for CVC (5-10, 0-3).
Exeter 41, Immanuel 35: Jacque Hutcheson netted a career-high 20 points to lead the Monarchs to a CSL victory at home over the Eagles.
Her previous career high was 17 points on Dec. 18, 2012 at Golden West. No other player scored more than six points for Exeter (12-7, 2-1).
El Diamante 55, Golden West 36: Sam Luna scored 13 points and the Miners defeated the Pioneers in a West Yosemite League game.
JC Robles added 10 points for El Diamante (9-9, 3-3).
Golden West (1-5, 4-14) was led by Emilio Velasquez with 14 points.
Lindsay 72, Woodlake 55: Jacob Hernandez and Gavin Mann each scored 24 points and the Cardinals beat the Tigers in an East Sequoia League game.
Anthony Lopez and Armando Martinez led Woodlake with 15 and 12 points, respectively.
Lindsay improved to 1-2 in the ESL and 11-8 overall. Woodlake fell to 1-2 and 4-12.
Farmersville 67, Laton 46: Jose Del Real scored 16 points and the Aztecs defeated the Mustangs in an East Sierra League game.
Cody Hall and Greg Torres each added 13 points as the Aztecs improved to 3-0 in league and 11-7 overall.
Central Valley Christian 72, Kingsburg 44: Three Cavaliers scored double-digit points to power a CSL win at home over the Vikings.
Josh Payne and Austin Moons each scored 13 points for CVC (9-11, 2-1). Alex te Velde scored 12.
Golden West High School is looking for three coaches for the 2013-14 school year.
The Trailblazers need a varsity girls tennis coach, varsity cheer coach and girls junior varsity water polo coach.
Anybody interested in the positions need to contact Golden West athletic director Tom Buckley at 559-730-7813 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Deadline to apply is Feb. 1.