Pacheco soccer sluggish in loss to Patterson

By David Witte / sports@losbanosenterprise.comOctober 5, 2012 

Pacheco soccer was hoping to make a game of it in Tuesday's showdown with Western Athletic Conference-leading Patterson, but with illness and injury taking a toll, the Panthers were sluggish in a 4-1 loss.

"It was a disappointment, having setbacks like this," Pacheco midfielder David Posadas said. "I was expecting a better game, but when we were warming up we just weren't feeling the vibe. Everybody was down and like in their own little world."

Posadas sat the early part of the match with a sprained ankle from a previous game, then took a shot that set his mouth bleeding. With blood on his jersey, he was taken out early in the second half. Add to that an illness that has swept through the team and had a handful of starters on the sidelines trying to hold down their lunch, and the Panthers are left wondering what might have been.

"I don't want to put it as an excuse, but yes. It was not a good day for the team today," Pacheco coach Daniel Elizalde said. "That affects the game. You have your starting team and then you have to make some modifications. But you know, we did the best we could as a team, and unfortunately we lost."

Patterson led 1-0 at halftime after Marcos Melendez hit the top left corner of the goal on a crossing shot early on.

"This was huge, to finish the first half of the season on a good note like this," Patterson coach Greg Hartsell said. "We've heard a lot of things, and we've been keeping our eye on Pacheco. We know they've done some good stuff against some tough teams -- they beat Livingston, and that's no easy task."

Pacheco's Jonathan Marquez scored the equalizer in the 50th minute, knocking in a ricochet off a Salvador Rostro shot. Three minutes later though, Patterson's Kiky Gonzalez sailed a long shot over Pacheco goalkeeper Reyes Cardenas that opened the floodgates. Gonzalez scored 8 minutes later on a deflection, and Ismael Contreras added another after a deflection on a Gonzalez free kick.

"They don't get to play as much as the starters, so you have to give them props for going there and giving their best," Elizalde said about his last-minute replacements. "They didn't give up. And that's what I appreciate about them."

Enterprise reporter David Witte can be reached by phone at 388-6565 or by e-mail at sports@losbanosenterprise.com

Enterprise reporter David Witte can be reached by phone at 388-6565 or by e-mail at sports@losbanosenterprise.com

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