The Tracy High soccer team’s defense held strong against the Kimball High offense in the Bulldogs’ 2-0 win Tuesday at home.
Tracy coach Nate Perry credited junior goalkeeper Gabriella Tassano and Tracy’s defenders, including senior Dallyce Marglon, juniors Shayla Simonich and Samantha Reich and sophomore Denae Enos, with standing up to Kimball’s attacks.
Sophomore Ashley Hallen scored Tracy’s first goal with an assist from Kelly Brooks, a senior. Jenna Wesely, a junior, scored on a pass from senior Cailie Chayrez.
The win was the second in a row for Tracy (3-1), following a 2-1 victory at home Monday against Sierra High of Manteca.
Sierra scored first, and Tracy responded with a goal that tied it up 1-1 with one minute left in the first half as Brooks followed up on a blocked shot.
Brooks said the key to that game was for the Bulldogs to keep their composure in a rough second half, when Tracy and Sierra collected six yellow cards between them.
“We stayed calm and kept passing the ball around them while they kept getting frustrated,” she said. “Our attitude won us the game.”
Tracy took the 2-1 lead three minutes into the second half when Wesely fired the ball over the Sierra goalkeeper’s head from about 30 yards out.
“I got a pass up the middle and got a good first touch on it,” Wesely said. “One of my teammates called to shoot it, and I try to listen to my teammates.”
Tracy opened its season March 5 with a 3-2 win at home against Oakdale. Hallen, Brooks and Wesely scored, and sophomore Iris Cruz, junior Hunter Wells and Brooks provided the assists. Tracy also took a 1-0 loss Friday at East Union High in Manteca.
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