Boys Soccer: West senior unstoppable in West’s 6-5 win over Lodi
by Bob Brownne
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West High senior Miguel Madruga proved unstoppable on Monday, Sept. 10, in Lodi, but it was the kind of tenacity that the Wolf Pack (4-0) needed to keep coming back and take a 6-5 win against the Flames.

Madruga scored five goals for the Wolf Pack, each time helping West overcome Lodi’s lead.

The Flames were ahead 2-0 when Madruga scored on an assist from German Romero, who made a quick pass after Shawn Frisbie made a long throw-in. That cut Lodi’s lead to 2-1 at the half.

Lodi made it a 3-1 game at the start of the second half, and West tied it up with two goals from Madruga, each on an assist from Jason Reading.

Lodi again pulled ahead, 5-3. Madruga scored one on another assist from Reading, and Alex Valencia passed to Madruga to set up the shot that would tie the game at 5-5.

With about six minutes left, it was Madruga making the pass to Valencia, who scored the go-ahead goal.

West coach Nate Perry said the intensity on the field never let up, as Madruga led one charge after another.

“It was one of the most impressive athletic individual performances I have ever seen,” Perry said.

Next up for West is the Wolf Pack’s first Tri-City Athletic League game at home against McNair on Thursday, Sept. 20.

Tracy 0, Tokay 0

Tracy High (2-1-1) put up a powerful offensive effort against the visiting Tokay Tigers on Monday, Sept. 10, at West High, but the Tiger defense also held tough to hold the game scoreless.

Tracy fired 23 shots, including 14 on goal, all blocked by Tokay goalie John Canepa. Tracy’s defense limited Tokay to two shots on goal, with Jimmy Shaddix at goalie in the first half and Cameron Divoky at goalie in the second.

Tracy coach Phil Kalis said that while players always hope for either a win or a loss, he was pleased to see his team hold Tokay scoreless even if Tracy was unable to make its shots.

“We really needed to work on our defense, and we got a shutout,” Kalis said.

Tracy now heads into San Joaquin Athletic Association play starting Friday, Sept. 21, at Franklin High in Stockton.

West 4, Tracy 3

It took a last-minute charge at the goal for West High pick up the win at home in its crosstown soccer match against Tracy High on Thursday, Sept. 6.

A decisive rebound by goalie Daniel Munoz captured the victory in a tight game that was tied 3-3 going into the final minute.

The final goal came when Alex Valencia charged up the right side and passed to Jason Reading in the middle, who fired a kick at the goal.

“I saw an open space, and just took the shot and hoped for the best,” Reading said.

While his effort bounced off the post, Munoz was positioned in front and kicked the ball in to put West up 4-3 with virtually no time left for Tracy to respond.

“We played hard at the end,” said Jose Ruiz, who scored the Wolf Pack’s third goal.

He said the previous time the teams faced off was in a scrimmage when Tracy outscored West, and his side was determined to make a better effort.

“We had a talk, saying that they beat us and we had to come back and show them who we are,” Ruiz said following Thursday’s contest. “We played a good game, and I’m very proud of everyone.”

Until the final goal, the game was hard-fought between two quick and persistent teams.

West passed the ball well at midfield, but the Bulldogs matched the Wolf Pack’s speed and were aggressive getting after the ball.

Grant Bessette of Tracy and Dan Barratta of West also both made saves on shots that could have put either team ahead.

West’s Miguel Madruga scored first after Valencia passed to Munoz, who passed to Madruga for the shot.

Tracy responded when Cristian Ramos passed the ball up the middle and the Bulldogs’ Byron Munoz, in a one-on-one battle with West goalie Barratta, shot the ball into the net.

Tracy’s Munoz scored again two minutes into the second half after West’s defence deflected a corner kick away from the goal toward Tracy’s Munoz, who was there to make the shot.

Madruga scored again for West on an assist from Jose Murillo to tie it up at 2-2.

Madruga had the assist on the next goal in the 63rd minute when he passed from the right side to Ruiz, who made the shot from the center.

Tracy tied it 10 minutes later when Cameron Divoky sent a corner kick from the right to Jerry Pelayo, who was in position on the left side for a goal-scoring header, which made it a 3-3 tie.

Tracy’s Munoz said his team matched up well against their crosstown rival, but just couldn’t close it out.

“We hustled hard, and it was a great game,” he said. “Unfortunately, they scored the goals, and that’s how you win games.”

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