Millennium High’s soccer team outmaneuvered a big and fast Summerville team for a 4-2 win to open the Sac-Joaquin Section Division VI playoffs on Thursday, Nov. 7, at the Tracy Learning Center.
The Falcons (12-7-2) scored four goals in the first half and then held up against a determined Summerville team (12-4-4) in the second half of their first-round playoff match.
“I had butterflies in the stomach and everything,” senior Eddie Romero said. “Once you get a couple goals in you get confidence and start working with your team. Communication settles you down and gets you comfortable.”
Millennium coach Dominic Figueroa said the Summerville players would bring a fast-paced and physical game, so he urged his players to come out strong right away.
“Nothing really surprised us, and we knew to really have the best chance to succeed we couldn’t get sucked into that kind of game,” Figueroa said.
Instead, the Falcons focused on their ability to take the ball away on defense and make solid passes to get the ball up the field.
“Once they lost it they were very vulnerable to a quick counter, which is how we got our first two goals.”
Millennium scored in the 10th minute when senior Daniel Gutierrez set a shot sailing from about 40 yards out on the left side of the field and into the open right side of the goal. Millennium’s second goal came in the 13th minute when junior Eddie Diaz launched a free kick toward from about 30 yards and senior Nick Yanke emerged from a group of attackers and defenders to head the ball into the net.
Summerville’s Inaki Achondo headed in a cross shot in the 29th minute, and the Falcons’ Romero scored on an open shot after Yanke brought the ball up and made the pass before colliding with a Summerville defender.
Gutierrez scored after he collected the ball from a scramble in front of the goal following a corner kick to make it a 4-1 game at the half, and Summerville’s Brandon Reel scored on a shot up the middle in the 55th minute.
“This was probably the toughest game we played,” Guteirrez said, adding that the Falcon’s now have to carry forward their ability to pass and take more shots when they play the No. 1 seed, Capital Christian (19-4), in Sacramento on Wednesday, Nov. 13, in the semifinals.
“We have a big challenge ahead of us and we’ll see what happens next.”
Vintage 9, Tracy 0
The Bulldogs ended their season in the second round of the SJS Division II playoffs, taking a 9-0 loss at Vintage High in Napa on Thursday, Nov. 7. Further information was not available.
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