PATTERSON -- Doctors told Patterson coach Greg Hartsell he shouldn't attend his team's Wednesday game against Livingston High.
Hartsell had been hospitalized since Friday, when he asked his wife to drive him to the hospital after complaining about stomach pain. He said he had an extreme case of diverticulitis, a digestive disorder that causes pain in the abdomen.
"(The doctor) came up to me today and said, 'There's no way you're getting out of here today,' " Hartsell said. "He said I could maybe leave Friday. There was no way I was going to miss this game, even if I had to walk out of there."
The Patterson players were happy to see their coach before the game, and responded well after being down 1-0 at halftime to beat Livingston 2-1 at Patterson Community Stadium.
"We felt that as soon as we saw him, we had to win for him," said forward Sergio Hinojosa.
Hartsell said he should be back to normal in about a week and that the win could make him feel better faster.
Patterson (20-3, 11-1 Western Athletic Conference) and Livingston (8-2-2 WAC) remain first and second in the conference.
Despite being down 1-0 at the half, Hartsell believed his team controlled the game. In the second half, Hinojosa added to his league-leading total with the goal that broke a 1-1 tie. It was his 24th goal of the year.
Hinojosa said he made eye contact with teammate Eduardo Chin as they ran down field for a scoring opportunity. Hinojosa drifted from the right side of the field to the center as Chin kicked the ball into the box. Hinojosa ran in and in mid-air used his right foot to slam the ball past Livingston goalkeeper Alonso Lara and inside the left post.
"That was beautiful, man, that was beautiful," Hartsell said.
Patterson's first goal came on a penalty kick by Rodrigo Aldana.
Aldana and a Livingston defender got tied up and fell while going after a ball that was drifting into the Livingston box. The side referee called the foul from about 30 feet away, and Livingston coach Peter Hill was given a yellow card for arguing.
The Wolves scored early in the first half when Jesus Padilla and Patterson goalkeeper Luis Torres kicked the ball at the same time. The ball squirted out to a wide open Martin Arista, who easily scored to give Livingston the 1-0 lead.
Livingston should hold on to its second-place spot in the WAC if it beats Gustine (3-11-4, 1-8-4 WAC) on Monday. The top two teams from the conference are headed to the playoffs.
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MERCED 5, LOS BANOS 0, at Los Banos -- Juan Barboza scored twice as the Bears had no problem getting past the Tigers.
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BEYER 1, DOWNEY 1, at Beyer -- Ivan Nichols scored for the host Patriots in a draw with the Knights.
Bee staff contributed to this report.