It may have been appropriate that Tuesday's nonleague boys soccer match between Mira Loma and Encina ended in a 2-2 tie.
John Buchmiller, along with Joe Montalvo, are the new Mira Loma coaches, trying to revive a program that was 4-26-3 the last two seasons.
It was Buchmiller and assistant Glenda Claremon who turned the Encina boys soccer program into a beacon at a school that has struggled for years to be competitive in athletics.
When Buchmiller and Claremon took over the program in 2005, the Bulldogs had been through a revolving door of coaches and players. There was no junior varsity team.
The Bulldogs won two games that year and struggled at times to put 11 players on the field.
Last fall, Encina won its third consecutive Sac-Joaquin Section Division VI boys soccer championship.
Claremon now is Encina's head coach, where one of her new assistants and head JV coach is Luis Bravo, a former three-year Encina captain.
Claremon reports that Encina has 25 varsity and 15 JV players, its biggest squad ever.