Pioneer Valley had many good chances to score Thursday night, and the Panthers couldn't convert on any of them.

Templeton had a few good chances, and the Eagles capitalized once.

That was enough to give the Eagles of the Los Padres League a 1-0 win over the Panthers of the bigger PAC 8 League in a non-league boys soccer game at Pioneer Valley.

Jerret Tachovsky zipped through the Pioneer Valley defense and uncorked a shot, that Pioneer Valley goalkeeper Jorge Mendez had no chance to stop, high into the net from point blank range for the only goal of the game.

The Eagles moved to 2-0-0. The Panthers are 1-1-0.

Templeton has not allowed a goal this year. The Eagles beat Coast Union 6-0 in their season opener. 

"We had a lot of chances," Pioneer Valley coach Alan Brafman said with a wan smile afterward.

"We have to work on our shots on goal. A lot of them were off." Several Pioneer Valley shots sailed between the football uprights, far above the top of the net.

The past several Templeton-Pioneer Valley games had resulted in Pioneer Valley wins. Not this year.

"This is the first time we've beaten them in my three years here," said Templeton coach Dale Wiggins.

Templeton's goal keepers, Dan Marshal in the first half and Branton Fouquet in the second, had a lot to do with Templeton's victory.

Marshal made a big sliding save on Pioneer Valley junior midfielder Edgar Zacarias in the first half, and Fouquet stopped a Panthers' shot near the goal line in the second.

Fouquet emerged with the ball from a scramble in front of his goal to thwart another Pioneer Valley threat. He also stopped a lot of hard Pioneer Valley shots that went right at him.  

"I am fortunate," to have had such good work from his goal keepers, said Wiggins.

Mendez kept the Panthers in the game by charging out of the goal to break up several Templeton forays, but the Panthers didn't come close to scoring many times despite having the ball in the Eagles' territory the vast majority of the time.

"I have two seniors back," from the team that finished 9-4-1 in the PAC 8 last season and qualified for the CIF Southern Section Playoffs, said Brafman.

"We need to work on our chemistry."

After having the ball on Templeton's end of the pitch most of the game, Pioneer Valley's attack faded the last several minutes. The Eagles had the ball in Panthers' territory most of the time during that span.

Brafman didn't seem discouraged.

"I saw a lot of good things from this game," said Brafman. "They boys moved the ball well, they played with a lot of hustle.

"I'm not happy right now, but sometimes you can learn more from a loss than by winning all the time. I think we are going to have a good season."

Pioneer Valley will play a non-league game at Morro Bay, another Los Padres League team, at 5:30 p.m. next Tuesday night.

Orcutt Academy 2, Atascadero 2

The Spartans came back from a one-goal deficit twice as Kevin Dyson scored equalizer in the 74th minute with a slicing drive into the box.

Hayden Matheiu scored Spartans' first goal in 51st minute with Michael Lopez assisting.

The Spartans host Dunn Saturday at 1 p.m. at Rice Ranch.

Girls soccer

St. Joseph 1, Lompoc 1

The Knights and Braves played to a draw as Blanca Lopez put away St. Joseph's goal at Huyck Stadium.

Lompoc struck first with a goal in the 24th minute, but the Knights responded with a tally in the 60th.

Janelle Brickey served up a pass inside the box and the ball got to Lopez, who put away the goal.

Captain Elicia Tinoco scored the lone goal for the Braves, which came off of a deflection from the St. Joseph post. 

St. Joseph's freshman goalkeeper Analea Pule made four saves.

The Knights are 1-0-1 on the season and play host to Santa Maria on Tuesday at 5:30 p.m.

Boys basketball

Sierra Pacific Tournament

HANFORD — Santa Maria opened its season with a 79-37 win over Delano Wonderful College Prep Academy in the first round at host Sierra Pacific.

Junior Thomas Segel, who suffered a broken wrist during the summer, led the Saints' scoring with 18 points. He hit three 3-pointers.

Senior Santa Maria guard Joey Nevarez, the team's leading scorer, had a double double with 17 points and 10 rebounds. Forward Carlos Ochoa came off the bench and scored 12 points for the Saints.

All of Ochoa's points came on 3-pointers.

Clark Kringel pulled down 10 rebounds for the Saints.

"It was a solid team effort on both sides of the floor," said Santa Maria coach Dave Yamate.

The Saints scored most of their points on 3-point shots last  year, and they hit 12 on Thursday. Santa Maria will face host Sierra Pacific at 6:30 p.m. Friday night in the second round of the tournament.

Frazier Mountain 54, Valley Christian 51

Poor free throw shooting seriously hurt Valley Christian Academy in a close loss at Frazier Mountain.

“We were 8 for 20 from the free throw line,” said VCA head coach Christopher Maples in a telephone interview after the game. “We were tied 21-all at the half and had a 6-point lead heading into the fourth quarter but the outscored us 19-10 in the fourth to get the win.”

Isak Deming lead the Lions with 21 points, 13 rebounds and six assists.

Kiernan Quinones had 11 points and seven steals and Andrew Sparlin added four points and 14 rebounds.

VCA host Los Olivos’ Midland School in its next game on Saturday night.

Ruth Dozier Tournament

Jayden Jones scored 18 points and Taylor Burns put in 14 as Pioneer Valley (2-0) defeated Grass Valley Nevada Union 61-44 in a first-round game at Morro Bay High School.

The Panthers have allowed just 44 points in each of their first two games.

Girls Basketball

Pirates fall to Mission Prep at Dozier Tournament

The Santa Ynez Pirates fell to the Mission Prep Royals 46-45 in their season opener at Atascadero High School.

Playing on the opening night of the annual Ruth Dozier Tournament, the Pirates were led by Sarah Perkins with 14 points and Grace Padilla with 10.

“The game was close throughout,” said Santa Ynez head coach Mike Alexander during a telephone interview after the game. “We scored with 11-seconds left in the game to go ahead 45-44 but they got a bucket with 4-seconds left to re-take the lead. We got off a shot at the buzzer but it didn’t go in.

“We had a 5-point lead heading into the fourth quarter but they were able to get a handful of offensive rebounds to get back in the game. It was only our first game and I was happy with the girls’ effort.”

Santa Ynez continues play in the Dozier Tournament Friday night with a game against host Atascadero.

Orcutt Academy 43, Villanova Prep 28

Orcutt Academy defeated Villanova Prep 43-28 at the Big Cage Classic at Bishop Diego High.

The Spartans got their first win of the season as Mariah Lopez led Orcutt Academy with 18 points and 20 rebounds. Vanessa Salazar added nine points to go along with 11 steals.

Girls soccer

Santa Yenez 2, Righetti 1

Julia Pritchard scored one goal and assisted on another as the Pirates (2-0-0) edged the Warriors (1-1-0) in a non-league game at Santa Ynez.

Monica Pizano assisted Pritchard on the first Santa Ynez goal. Pritchard assisted Mikayla Palmer on the second one.

Santa Ynez goal keeper Breanna Rodrigues made six saves and, "Catalina Kett, a freshman, played a phenomenal game for us," said Santa Ynez coach Rob Cantrell.

"She's an attacking midfielder, and she was all over the field for us."  

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Sports Reporter

Kenny Cress, sportswriter for the Santa Maria Times since September of 2000. BA in political science from Cal Poly Pomona. BA in journalism from Cal State Northridge.