The Millennium High girls soccer team is back in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division VII final after the Falcons beat Forest Lake Christian 1-0 in Wednesday’s semifinal match at the Tracy Learning Center.
Millennium coach Dominic Figueroa said that the Falcons (15-1-2, 13-1 Central California Athletic Alliance) put up strong offensive pressure on Forest Lake (15-6-1, 11-0-1 Central Valley California League) and outshot their opponents through the entire match.
The Millennium team had to be patient and persistent, going into the second half with no score. Millennium finally got the ball in the net in the 65th minute when junior Reina Perales scored on pass from senior Ivy Torres.
“They (Forest Lake) were very organized and defended really well,” Figueroa said. “As far as attacks, they had one big chance all day.”
The Falcons now play Ripon Christian High at noon on Saturday at Lincoln High in Stockton for the Division VII championship. It will be the third time in four years that Millennium’s girls have been in the division final. The Falcons won it in 2011 and 2012 and got as far as the semifinals last year.
Whitney 2, Kimball 1
The Kimball girls soccer team was denied its first chance to play for a Sac-Joaquin Section championship after the Jaguars lost 2-1 to Whitney High in Rocklin in the SJS Division II semifinals on Wednesday.
Whitney (17-4-3, 9-0-1 Capital Athletic League) scored six minutes into the first half and Kimball (19-4, 11-3 Valley Oak League) tied it up eight minutes into the second half when junior forward Abby Dyer took a pass from sophomore center midfielder Kayla Pereira and took the ball up the field for a one-on-one shot on the goalie.
Whitney scored two minutes later on a breakaway to take the lead. Kimball coach Ron Hattley said the Jaguars came close to tying it up again. Hattley noted that he protested a call where the Kimball offense took a shot that looked like it went in for the score, but referees determined that the ball didn’t go into the goal.
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