Junior center midfielder Kaitlyn Crone said that the Bulldogs (14-2-2, 7-0-2 SJAA) are picking up the intensity with each game.
“We came out hard this whole season and did a lot better than we expected,” she said, adding that the team also wanted to make up for a 2-2 tie against Bear Creek in the first round of SJAA play on April 13. “We came into this game knowing that we tied them so it was going to be a hard game.”
In Wednesday’s game, Cailie Chayrez scored Tracy’s first goal on an assist from Bria Outland, and Autumn Bolton scored on an assist from Kaitlyn Crone to make it a 2-0 game at the half. Chayrez scored on a pass from Bolton in the second half, and Outland scored Tracy’s fourth goal on an assist from Chayrez.
Coach Nate Perry said that a win in the team’s final game on Friday, May 2, against Chavez High will give Tracy the best league record for in the history of the program. Tracy beat Chavez 5-0 on April 18 in the first round of SJAA play.
Tracy will then host the first round of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division I playoffs against a team from the Central California Conference or Modesto Metro Conference on Thursday, May 10.
Kimball 3, Lathrop 0
Kimball High’s girls finished their season on Wednesday, May 2, with a 3-0 win over Lathrop at Don Nicholson Stadium.
Senior Natalie Lambert scored two of Kimball’s goals, the first being unassisted eight minutes into the first half to give Kimball a 1-0 lead at the half.
Amber Lennier scored Kimball’s second goal on an assist from Lambert 11 minutes into the second half, and Lambert scored again five minutes left on a cross from Taylor Hopkins that found Lambert waiting on the left side for the shot.
Kimball coach Ron Hattley said that the team will again welcome all students to tryout. The team is losing two seniors, Natalie Lambert and Nikki Alexander.
“(Lambert) really added a lot when she came to Kimball,” Hattley said. “She was an immediate scoring threat.”
“Nikki has been a three-year leader for us, a real steady mature girl,” Hattley added. “Everybody else comes back and hopefully we’ll make progress.”
The Jaguars finished the Valley Oak League season in fifth place (14-6-3, 6-5-3 VOL), with East Union in first place, Manteca in second, and Sierra and Oakdale to play on Thursday for third place.
West 4, McNair 0
Lilibeth Torres scored three goals in the Wolf Pack’s last soccer game of the season Wednesday, May 2, at home against McNair.
Amanda Beck scored the other goal for the Wolf Pack (3-13-1, 3-6-1 Tri-City Athletic League) in the shutout.
West traveled to Stockton to play Edison on Monday, April 30. Estfani Gomez, Brenda Ramirez and Kimberly Becerra scored for West in the win.
West coach Abel Dorado said that the last two games were the best he had seen from the team, noting that players communicated, passed the ball well and looked more relaxed with their play.
“I don’t know why they didn’t do this from the beginning,” he said.
Freshman-sophomore: Tracy 6, Bear Creek 0
Jill Finney scored two goals for Tracy in the win over Bear Creek, Wednesday, May 2. Vicky Gracie, Hunter Wells, Samantha Reich and Averie Ramirez also scored goals, and Shelly Hagelston, Wells and Reich all had assists. It puts Tracy at 18-0, 9-0 in the SJAA.
Freshman-sophomore: West 1, McNair 0
Kailyn Cooper scored West’s lone goal on Wednesday, May 2. It follows West’s 2-1 win on Monday, April 30, at Edison, where Saara Latifi scored West’s goal.
Freshman-sophomore: Kimball 3, Lathrop 0
Kimball’s freshman-sophomore team (5-8-1 VOL) beat Lathrop on Wednesday, May 2. Sarina Mendiola, Denora Angel and Sarah Cavender scored Kimball’s goals, and Ariana Liete, Emily Aronna and Taylor Wagner had assists.