Girls soccer: Kimball starts fast with eight straight wins
by Bob Brownne
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Bulldogs fall to Jaguars
Kimball High goalie senior Tayler Lennier (left) gets in front of the shot attempt from Tracy High senior Ghoncheh Azadeh during Kimball’s 3-1 home win Tuesday, March 5.  Glenn Moore/Tracy Press
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The Kimball girls soccer team continued its pre-league winning streak with a 3-1 win over Tracy High on Tuesday, March 5, at Kimball High’s Don Nicholson Stadium.

It’s the second crosstown win for the Jaguars, who also beat West High 5-0 on Feb. 26.

The Jaguars (8-0) brought speed and consistent passing to the field on Tuesday.

Tracy (1-3) was on defense for most of the game. Bulldogs sophomore goalie Gabriella Tassano blocked 11 shots on goal and grabbed or deflected Kimball’s corner kicks, but the Jaguars’ pressure on the Tracy goal was relentless.

“In the beginning we weren’t playing to our fullest potential, but we picked it up in the second half,” said Kimball senior forward Marissa Paz. “Our center mids are pretty good with the ball, control-wise, and we have a lot of speed just overall around the team.”

Kimball scored in the 13th minute on sophomore forward Abigail Dyer’s shot from the right from about 30 yards out. Tracy tied it up when senior midfielder Alissa Peterson collected a throw-in to the middle and shot it over the head of Kimball goalie Tayler Lennier, who also blocked three shots.

Peterson said that the long throw-in and Tracy’s effort to create an effective passing system will make the Bulldogs better as the season progresses, with the upcoming Sierra Champions Cup in Manteca starting Friday, March 8, the next test for the team.

“I think that as long as we work on more of the technical things we’ll get it together, especially by the tournament this weekend,” she said.

Tracy didn’t create as many scoring opportunities as Kimball, and the Bulldogs again found themselves on defense for most of the second half.

Kimball took the lead back in the 47th minute when Dyer moved in close on the left and passed to senior forward Adaurie Dayak, who made a one-touch shot into the right side of the goal. Kimball made it a 3-1 game as forward Marissa Paz scored on a penalty kick.

The Jaguars also beat Livermore Prep High, 9-0, on Friday, March 1, and Franklin High, 5-2, on Feb. 28.

East Union 2, Tracy 1

After a scoreless first half, the East Union Lancers kept the pressure on Tracy’s goal for most of the second half on Monday, March 4, at Tracy High.

Sophomore goalie Gabriella Tassano blocked seven shots for Tracy in the second half, but the Lancers (8-0) got one in from the right side in the 57th minute and scored another on a penalty kick in the 59th minute.

Millennium 6, Riverbank 0

The Millennium girls finished the Manteca High Tournament on Saturday, March 2, with a win in the consolation bracket.

Junior Anneliese Bradley scored three goals for the Falcons (2-2), Reina Perales scored two and senior Ivy Torres scored one.

The win followed a pair of losses at the start of the tournament on Friday, March 1. Liberty Ranch beat the Falcons, 7-0, in the first game, and Oakdale scored a 4-2 win over Millennium in the first game of the weekend.

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