“It’s the best game we’ve played all year,” said Kimball coach Ron Hattley. “It’s the first time all year that the boys have played with control and played as a team.”
West (0-2-1) controlled the ball for most of the first half and persistently pressured the Jaguar goal, but Kimball (2-5) seized its opportunities to charge past the Wolf Pack defense to take shots.
Kimball junior Alejandro Mejia caught the West defense by surprise in the 22nd minute with a shot from the right after taking a pass from senior Alberto Flores.
West tied it up just before the end of the first half when senior Steve Sanchez launched a free kick at the goal from midfield and sophomore Ahmad Samady headed the ball in.
The Wolf Pack briefly held the lead after Samady scored in the 49th minute on a pass from senior Javier Rios.
In the second half, Kimball’s well-organized offense applied more pressure on West’s goal. Junior goalie Nicolas Carrera had 11 saves for West, including a few diving stops. Kimball freshman goalie Edgar Cardenas made 13 saves.
Carrera stopped a shot by Kimball senior Brett Lassiter in the 52nd minute, but the ball bounced back out and Jaguar sophomore Tristen Power was in position to knock it into the net.
Lassiter then collected a pass up the field from sophomore Noah Aini, got past the West defenders and Carrera, and shot the ball into the left side of the goal.
“I got a lot of good through balls,” Lassiter said. “That was definitely one of the reasons I was able to score.”
The Jaguars also went after the ball and cut off the Wolf Pack’s chances to get close to the Kimball goal in the second half.
“We have to release the ball quicker and find open spaces quicker,” said Samady, the sophomore from West. “Then we’ll become a really good team, a playoff team. We just have to play hard and play with heart.”
Tracy 5, Kimball 1
Tracy High’s boys soccer team prevailed in a crosstown match at home against Kimball High on Friday, Sept. 6.
Tracy senior Jacob Gonzalez scored in the 13th minute on a pass from junior Angelo Alejandre. Senior Cristian Ramos scored a second goal in the 22nd minute after Kimball junior goalkeeper Christian Martinez deflected his first shot and he shot again, this time putting the ball in the net.
Adolfo Inguanzo, also a senior, scored unassisted two minutes later, and Tracy had a 3-0 lead at halftime.
Tracy scored in the 44th minute when junior Moises Gonzalez took a shot, again deflected by Kimball goalie Martinez, and Gonzalez followed up for the score.
Kimball got on the scoreboard in the 70th minute when junior Ryan Chaney broke away to score unassisted, and Tracy’s Moises Gonzalez scored another in the 74th minute to make it a 5-1 game.
The third crosstown game, Tracy vs. West, begins at 5:15 p.m. Friday, Sept. 13, at Tracy High.
Waterford 5, Millennium 0
The Millennium soccer team was shut out by Waterford in its first home game of the season Monday, Sept. 9.
The Falcons (1-3-1) also played in the three-day Manteca High Tournament from Sept. 5 to Saturday, Sept. 7.
Millennium started with a 6-0 loss to Manteca on the first day.
The Falcons tied Bret Harte High 2-2 on Saturday, with goals scored by junior Elham Chopan and sophomore Nick Yanke.
The Falcons finished with a 1-2 loss to the Lincoln High Fighting Zebras of Lincoln, also on Saturday, but were awarded the win by forfeit because Lincoln had an illegal player on the field.
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