Tulare County’s stout contingent for the Central Section Division II girls playoff bracket diminished considerably with a pair of first-round upsets on Tuesday.
The No. 13 San Joaquin Memorial Panthers edged the No. 4 Tulare Western Mustangs 3-2 in overtime at Tulare Western.
The No. 11 Bakersfield Drillers topped the No. 6 Tulare Union Redskins 2-0 at Bob Mathias Stadium.
No. 13 SJM 3, No. 4 Tulare Western 2: The Panthers scored off a corner kick with about a minute remaining left in the second overtime period to defeat the host Mustangs.
Tulare Western took an early 1-0 lead on a goal from Esmeralda Galarza. San Joaquin Memorial scored two unanswered goals to take a 2-1 lead, and it stayed that way until late in regulation.
Tulare Western’s Sierra Levy forced the two extra periods with an equalizing goal in the 87th minute.
“It’s hard to swallow right now, but this team accomplished a lot this season, winning a second straight [East Yosemite League] championship,” Tulare Western coach Osama Hamid said. “They won back-to-back league titles. That takes character. To win one league championship takes talent. To win two straight takes a lot of character, and this team had a lot of character. … I’m proud of the seven seniors on this team. [Senior goalkeeper] Rachel Costa had a great season.”
No. 11 Bakersfield 2, No. 6 Tulare Union 0: The Drillers scored two goals late in the second half to end the Redskins’ season.
Tulare Union finished with a 12-8-1 record.
No. 7 Golden West 3, No. 10 Tehachapi 1: The Trailblazers advanced to the quarterfinals with a win over the Warriors at Golden West.
Golden West took a 1-0 lead on a goal by Haley Haagensen in the 12th minute. The Trailblazers tacked on two more goals in the second half. Jennifer Saavedra scored with an assist from Emma Gomez, and Katie Mattias knocked in the last goal.
Amanda Nuckols posted five saves for Golden West ().
The Trailblazers (10-9-1) face No. 2 Mission Oak, the co-EYL champion, on Thursday in Tulare. Match starts at 6:30 p.m.
No. 8 Woodlake 2, No. 9 Kern Valley 1: The Tigers scored two late second-half goals to erase a 1-0 halftime deficit, earning a spot in the quarterfinals with a win.
Briana Guerra scored both goals for Woodlake (9-7-2). Her second goal was in the 77th minute to break a 1-1 tie.
Woodlake visits top-seeded Fowler on Thursday.