Warriors split on first day at South Torrance

Tuesday’s opening day of the South Torrance Tournament was a mixed bag for Carpinteria’s boys soccer team, which split its first two games.

After a 2-0 shutout of Peninsula, the Warriors fell 2-1 to Coachella Valley and were knocked out of the winner’s bracket.

Carpinteria won the first game despite being one of the smaller schools at the highly regarded 32-team tournament. Edwin Elizarraras and Billy Ramirez recorded goals.

Against Coachella Valley, the Warriors went down 1-0 but equalized on a score from Mohammed Mehai. Coachella Valley took the lead again and successfully packed it in to defend the lead.

“We got caught off guard,” said Warriors head coach Daniel Torres, who thought his players may have been overconfident after winning the day’s first game.

Carpinteria’s tournament continues on Wednesday against Santa Monica. The Warriors can still finish in ninth place by winning three straight games.

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