TURLOCK -- On one side was the Turlock High girls soccer team, a group of savvy veterans who've played together for some time.
On the other was Enochs, a talented bunch of youngsters playing in the school's first-ever postseason game -- in any sport.
While the final score of their Sac-Joaquin Section Division I South first-round game was 3-0 in favor of Turlock, both teams left Joe Debely Stadium relatively happy Friday night.
The Bulldogs (19-5-2) move on to the south semis, where they'll take on St. Mary's of Stockton, a 3-0 winner over Tracy, on Tuesday at St. Mary's.
Never miss a local story.
Enochs (7-7-2), playing in its first varsity season, starts three juniors, three freshmen and six sophomores. They all gained valuable experience while making school history.
"For these kids, it was their first year of varsity soccer," Enochs coach Phillip Jaramillo said. "Turlock's a solid team. But we're pretty solid, too. We'll have our time."
The Bulldogs jumped on the Eagles from the opening whistle, keeping the ball on Enochs' half for much of the first 40 minutes.
Leading scorer Jordan Carlberg put the Bulldogs on the board on a nice give-and-go with Kayla Avila. After accepting the final pass and dribbling to her right, Carlberg turned and fired a shot from 15 yards into the left half of the net 14 minutes into the game.
Cassidy Costa made it 2-0 with a free kick from about 35 yards out with 10 minutes left in the first half.
"We didn't know much about Enochs, other than the standings," Turlock coach Dennis Bishop said. "We loosened up after the first goal; but they battled with us, especially in the second half."
The teams played each other somewhat even in the second half. While Enochs kept the ball on Turlock's half at times, the Eagles weren't able to get a ball in the net.
Turlock made it 3-0 when Jessica Frahm sent a long crossing pass onto the foot of Avila, who one-timed a point-blank shot past Enochs goalie Kayla McCain with 14 minutes left in the game.
"Enochs did just enough to keep us from finishing," Bishop said. "They're a scrappy bunch."
Jaramillo was just happy his team made it to the postseason.
"We started league 0-4-1," he said, "but we regrouped during spring break, and pretty much became a different team.
"The girls had never been in this type of playoff situation. I thought they did a nice job of adapting after a rough first half. We're coming around."
Bee staff writer Will DeBoard can be reached at email@example.com or 578-2300.