RHS 15 PrietoBW

Reedley High junior Rene Prieto, middle, heads the ball between Edison High defenders Alberto Olivo (6) and Arjun Singh (7) during the Pirates' 3-2 soccer quarterfinal playoff loss to the Tigers on Feb. 15.

 

 

Reedley High School's dreams of Central Section soccer championships in 2019 evaporated on a rainy Feb. 15 evening of quarterfinal round matchups.

The second-seeded boys — defending Division 2 champions and kings of the North Yosemite League for the first time since 2015 — yielded three first half goals to the No. 10 seed Edison Tigers and couldn't get the equalizer the final 40 minutes in a 3-2 loss at Sal Gonzalez Field. That ended the Pirates' 17-8-2 season which featured a road loss at Sunnyside in their league finale and the upset at the hands of Edison.

Reedley's girls, meanwhile, followed their NYL co-championship with a 4-0 shutout of Yosemite High on Feb. 13 at Sal Gonzalez Field. But two nights later in Tulare, the Pirates' offense was stymied by host Mission Oak in a 1-0 shutout that ended a 16-8-4 campaign.

The boys match saw an Edison team pull off its second straight upset of a higher seed. On Feb. 13, the Tigers (10-14-2) had blanked No. 7 Selma before jumping on top early against the Pirates.

Just five minutes into the match, the Tigers converted on a rifle shot from the right side into the upper corner of the net. About four minutes later, the Pirates answered when Phillip Rico converted on a loose ball in front of the Edison goal. 

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