Tracy coach Nate Perry said No. 6-seeded Tracy (14-6-2) and No. 2 Ponderosa (16-3-2) were evenly matched, but Ponderosa was able to score in the second half on a penalty kick.
Perry said sophomore goalkeeper Gabriella Tassano made a diving block on the shot, but a Ponderosa player scored on the rebound.
The loss follows a 4-1 win at home May 9 over the Cosumnes Oaks Wolfpack. The second-round victory propelled the team further into the playoffs than any previous Tracy High girls soccer team.
The Bulldogs were prepared for the speed and the aggressive ball handling of Wolfpack striker Ariel Klink.
Tracy sophomore defender Shayla Simonich expected a tough and physical matchup.
“They’re very aggressive and I just had to stay back and watch where (Klink) was going,” Simonich said. “I was patient, mostly.”
Freshman Iris Cruz scored in the first minute but the Wolfpack tied it up in the 30th minute.
Tracy took back the lead six minutes into the second half when sophomore Jenna Wesely scored with a header from a corner kick by Piazza.
Tracy senior Katelyn Crone scored in the 76th minute, and Piazza scored Tracy’s final goal a minute later on a free kick.
Capital Christian 5, Millennium 0
Millennium (12-9-1) lost in the semifinals of the SJS Division VI playoffs on Wednesday in Sacramento.
Coach Jason Freeman said Capital Christian kept constant pressure on the Falcons’ defense, leaving his team with few scoring opportunities.
Millennium opened the SJS Division VI playoffs with a 4-0 win over Waterford on May 9 at the Tracy Learning Center.
Freshman forward Ana Olmos scored two goals for the Falcons on assists from freshman Reina Perales and sophomore Victoria Garza.
Perales scored two goals in the second half, with Olmos assisting on one of the goals.
Freeman said that the Millennium defense limited Waterford (11-4-4) to five shots on goal.
“(Waterford) didn’t get into the penalty box area on our side very often,” Freeman said. “Anytime they got close, our defense was there.”
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