The Millennium High girls soccer team is building a winning record going into the 2014 Central California Athletic Association season, the latest victory a 6-0 win at home over the Delta Charter Dragons on Monday, March 17, at the Tracy Learning Center.
Millennium junior forward Reina Perales, who scored three goals against the Dragons, said the Falcons (4-0-1, 4-0 CCAA) have plenty to be positive about as they and the team’s new coach, Dominic Figueroa, get into the new season.
“We build each others’ spirits up and our coach is really motivating,” she said. “All of our goals are the same: to win, work as a team and improve day by day.”
She credits her team’s ability to run plays and control the ball with helping her score.
“What we worked out in practice is what we did here on the field,” she said.
Figueroa, in his first year as the girls coach following his first fall season as coach of the Millennium boys team, said he expects the team will become much more quick and precise in its ball handling as the season progresses.
“Overall we look good and we’re getting better,” he said. “We’re still a long way away from where we need to be, but as far as they’re ability to be coachable and to listen, it’s very encouraging.”
Perales scored two of her goals in the first half and freshman Cassie Scudder also scored in the first half. Perales scored her third goal 17 minutes into the second half, and senior Ivy Torres followed with another goal three minutes later. Sophomore Natalie Bandhera scored one more for the Falcons right before the final whistle.
In spite of the loss Delta Charter coach Amy Schut said the Dragons (0-3, 0-2 CCAA) are more competitive than last year and held up well to Millennium’s pressure on the goal.
“I’m really happy with our defenders,” she said, adding that junior Mythicia Wood and senior Annabelle Adair, responded well to Millennium’s persistent attacks. Sophomore goalie Elissa Floyd blocked 11 shots.
“They’re doing a great job keeping it out of the middle,” she said. “We definitely played a lot better against Millennium this year than we did last year.”
Wood added that the team is learning fast.
“We’ve only been together for a few weeks, so it’s good how we’re working together,” she said. “They put a lot of pressure on me, but I just kept on going after the ball, playing my best and not giving up.”
Kimball 3, Oakdale 1
The Jaguars came through in the second half to win their first Valley Oak League contest 3-1 against Oakdale on Tuesday, March 18, at Kimball High.
Kimball (2-1, 1-0 VOL) got on the scoreboard early with a goal from sophomore Kayla Pereira in the third minute. Oakdale scored three minutes later to make it a 1-1 game.
The game remained tied until midway through the second half when junior Abby Dyer scored unassisted, and sophomore Samantha Tran scored to make it a 3-1 game three minutes later. Kimball freshman goalie Amanda Leal had seven saves.
Tracy at Gebhardt Cup Tournament
Tracy High’s varsity girls placed second at the Gebhardt Cup Tournament on Friday, March 14, and Saturday, March 15, at Sierra High in Manteca.
Sierra finished as the tournament champion following a 4-2 penalty kick shootout. Tracy coach Nate Perry said the Bulldogs (6-2) scored in the first half on a header from senior Daesha Brown with the assist from senior Cailie Chayrez. Sierra tied it up 1-1 in the 65th minute.
Coaches agreed to go right into the penalty kick shootout. Chayrez and senior Kellie Brooks made their shots, but Tracy missed two more while Sierra made four shots.
Tracy won three games to make it to the final, including a 1-0 win over Franklin High of Stockton, with junior Jenna Wesely scoring on a header off of Brooks’ corner kick.
Tracy beat River Valley High of Yuba City 6-1 on Friday, with Brown and Chayrez scoring two each and sophomores Iris Cruz and Tiffani Edwards scoring one each. Brooks, Brown, Wesely, Cruz and sophomore Jacqui Frizzi all had assists.
Tracy opened with a 5-0 win over Lathrop on Friday. Brown scored two goals and Wesely, sophomore Ashley Hallen and junior Shayla Simonich also scored. Chayrez had three assists and Brooks had two assists.
Tracy won the freshman-sophomore division of the tournament with a 2-0 win in the final against El Capitan of Merced. Sammy Caro and Daisy Galindo scored Tracy’s goals in the final and Rebecca DeStefano had and assist.
Tracy also beat Buhach Colony 6-0 on Saturday and beat El Capitan 1-0 and Gregori 6-0 on Friday. Tracy’s JV team is now 8-0 for the season with each win a shutout.
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