The Bishop Broncos’ soccer team made it to the semifinals at the Palmdale Classic Tournament held at the Lancaster National Soccer Center, Dec. 2-3.
Bishop beat out their High Desert League nemesis, the Rosamond Roadrunners, in the quarterfinals on a sudden-death penalty kick.
Soccer coach John McGurke chose the Palmdale tourney specifically to test the Div. 6 Broncos against stiff competition from larger schools.
The Broncos’ first match, against Div. 5 Maranatha High from Pasadena, ended in a 1-1 tie.
Bishop opened strong against Antelope Valley High in game two with a 2-0 lead at halftime. The Antelopes came back with a goal in the second half, but the Broncos held on against a tough AV team to win 2-1 and advance to the quarterfinals.
Bishop met Rosamond Saturday morning and battled to a 1-1 tie at the end of regulation play. A dramatic penalty kick shoot-out would determine who advanced to the semis. Bishop goalkeeper Angel Flores made a diving save to keep Bishop in the match. The shoot-out ended 5 kicks per side later with both teams scoring 3 goals.
Rosamond missed their first sudden-death kick; but Bronco Trevor Hein coolly smashed the ball past the Roadrunners’ keeper to put Bishop in the semifinal game against Div. 3 Palmdale High.
Plagued by injuries, Bishop played stiff defensively but lost the match 1-0.
“I was pleased that we improved with each game,” said McGurke. “We still have a lot of work to do. I believe we’ll be ready for league play when we play Cal. City, Jan. 10.”
The Broncos boys varsity will play Knight High tomorrow in Palmdale then play in the Lancaster Tournament the next two weekends.