Bishop Union Boys and Girls Soccer top Cal City
By Arnie Palu
January 20, 2016
Heavy rain fell throughout the morning Tuesday, but the clouds cleared just in time for the Bishop Union-California City soccer matches to be played. The Bronco Varsity Girls made quick work of the Ravens with Freshman sensation Katie Dohnel scoring just seconds into the match. Dohnel would finish the match with 7 goals in the Bronco Girls 16-0 win. While the Bronco Girls took the drama out of the match early, the Varsity Boys notched their first High Desert League win in dramatic come from behind fashion winning 4-3.
Boys Varsity coach Peter Thomsen reports that California City scored 3 unanswered first half goals scoring at at the 16:46 minute, 32:00 minute, and 36:05 minute marks. Down 3-0 at the break the Broncos mounted a dramatic comeback. Thomsen indicates that Junior Mario Velasco opened the scoring for Bishop in the second half by scoring at the 3:30 mark on an assist from Brian Lemus and Alan Torres. 15 minutes later Velasco scored an unassisted goal. Velasco completed his hat trick and tied the game at the 21:20 minute mark of the second half. With 1:30 remaining in the match Landon Harper put Bishop Union into the lead for good when he scored an un-assisted goal.
First year varsity coach Peter Thomsen notes that Tony Sears provided strong offensive support.
The winning goal keeper for Bishop was Jerry Mendez.
Defensive standouts for Bishop Union were Bryan Gonzales and Cesar Solario.
The win moves Bishop to 1-1 in league and 3rd place.
Varsity Girls Statistics
Katie Dohnel, 7 goals 1 assist.
Brittany Santana, 4 goals 2 assist.
Kailyn Boxley, 3 goals 3 assist.
Grisel Santana, 2 goals.
Shelby McKinley, Sara Voss, Kori Boxley, and Ritz Garcia all pitched in with 1 assist each.
Coach Manny Terasas, “The Girls played great football.”
The Bronco varsity girls improve to 2-0 in High Desert League play. Bishop Union and Kern Valley are both 2-0 to start HDL play. Bishop Union travels to Frazier Mt Thursday (January 21st) to continue HDL play.
Cover Photo, rain clears just prior to play. Photo by Arnie Palu