Sierra 4, Kimball 0
In spite of persistent offensive pressure Wednesday the Kimball High soccer team was unable to push past Sierra’s last line of defense Wednesday in Don Nicholson Stadium, and finished with a 4-0 loss to put Kimball at 5-5-1, 1-3 in the Valley Oak League. Sierra moved to 3-0-1 in the VOL, 10-2-2 overall.
Jose Acosta scored for the Timberwolves on a penalty kick at the start of the first half and Sierra’s Bryan Ramos scored to make it a 2-0 game at the half. Sierra put on the offensive pressure and Kimball’s defenders, including Evan Enzman and Brett Lassiter, chased down the ball to reduce Sierra’s scoring chances.
Sierra’s Acosta scored at the start of the second half on a cross shot from the right, and Sierra scored another after Kimball goal keeper Joel Ramirez deflected a shot from the right, but the Timberwolves’ Joel Boling was there to finish the shot. Ramirez finished the night with six saves.
Kimball had offensive pressure from Luis Cornejo and Dillon Dander at the start of the second half and Rafael Ruvalcaba, Joe Yun, and Ryan Chaney kept up the attacks. Kimball’s Anthony Martinez also got close but faced an effective Sierra defense.
Kimball’s junior varsity team lost 4-1, with Eric Miranda scoring the Jaguars only goal on an assist from Alex Castellano in the closing seconds of the second half.
Tioga 7, Delta Charter 1
Delta Charter’s soccer team went ahead and played Tuesday’s game at Tracy Ball Park even though the Dragons were able to field only seven players. The Tioga team racked up six goals in the first half and backed off on their attacks in the second half. Delta Charter’s Jorge Soto then found an opportunity to drive up field and score the Dragons only goal of the game, and Tioga scored one more in the second half.
Sonora 4, Kimball 2
Kimball High’s soccer team faced a Sonora team that was fast on both ends of the field Monday, resulting in a 4-2 loss for the Jaguars. It puts Kimball at 5-4-1, 1-2 in the Valley Oak League, and moves Sonora to 5-7, 2-1 in the VOL.
Both teams scored early in the first half, with Justin Hopkins scoring one for Kimball on a pass from Ryan Chaney in the sixth minute. Joe Cahill scored the Wildcats' first goal on assist from Trevor Sawyer.
The Jaguars took the lead when Anthony Martinez fired a cross shot from the right, where Pastor Villagomez was on the left side to knock it in past two Wildcat defenders, making it a 2-1 game in Kimball’s favor at the half.
The second half saw Kimball keep up the offensive pressure on Sonora’s goal, but the Wildcats’ goalkeeper Andrew Klatt had nine saves for the night and was also effective in deflecting the Jaguars’ cross shots. Sonora’s defense was also quick enough to make any hesitation on Kimball’s part costly. Sonora also moved fast on its attacks, but most of the Wildcats’ shots went wide or high. Sonora’s Matthew Howard scored one seven minutes into the second half after a pass up the field drew the Jaguars’ goalkeeper Juan Cardenas out of the goal.
Sonora scored again 30 minutes into the second half when Barrett McGlaughlin got an open shot in the middle and found the right side of the goal. Howard again used his speed to get past Kimball’s defenders for another open shot on the Jaguar goal.
Kimball’s junior varsity team beat Sonora 2-0, with a goal in the first half from Jose Alcantar on an assist from Brian Donovan, and a goal in the second half from Gonzalo Perez with an assist from Arturo Velasco.