Soccer: Last-minute goal gives West win over Tracy
by Bob Brownne
Sep 07, 2012 | 2295 views | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print
It took a last-minute charge at the goal for West High pick up a 4-3 win at home in its crosstown soccer match against Tracy High on Thursday, Sept. 6.

A decisive rebound by Daniel Munoz captured the victory in a tight game that was tied 3-3 going into the final minute.

The final goal came when Alex Valencia charged up the right side and passed to Jason Reading in the middle, who fired a kick at the goal.

“I saw an open space, and just took the shot and hoped for the best,” Reading said.

While his effort bounced off the post, Munoz was positioned in front and kicked the ball in to put West up 4-3 with virtually no time left for Tracy to respond.

“We played hard at the end,” said West’s Jose Ruiz, who scored the Wolf Pack’s third goal.

He said the previous time the teams faced off was in a scrimmage when Tracy outscored West, and his side was determined to make a better effort.

“We had a talk, saying that they beat us and we had to come back and show them who we are,” Ruiz said following Thursday’s contest. “We played a good game, and I’m very proud of everyone.”

Until the final goal, the game was hard-fought between two quick and persistent teams.

West passed the ball well at midfield, but the Bulldogs matched the Wolf Pack’s speed and were aggressive getting after the ball.

Grant Bessette of Tracy and Dan Barratta of West also both made saves on shots that could have put either team ahead.

West’s Miguel Madruga scored first after Valencia passed to Munoz, who passed to Madruga for the shot.

Tracy responded when Cristian Ramos passed the ball up the middle and the Bulldogs’ Byron Munoz, in a one-on-one battle with West goalie Barratta, shot the ball into the net.

Tracy’s Munoz scored again two minutes into the second half after West’s defence deflected a corner kick away from the goal toward Tracy’s Munoz, who was there to make the shot.

Madruga scored again for West on an assist from Jose Murillo to tie it up at 2-2.

Madruga had the assist on the next goal in the 63rd minute when he passed from the right side to Ruiz, who made the shot from the center.

Tracy tied it 10 minutes later when Cameron Divoky sent a corner kick from the right to Jerry Pelayo, who was in position on the left side for a goal-scoring header, which made it a 3-3 tie.

Tracy’s Munoz said his team matched up well against their crosstown rival, but just couldn’t close it out.

“We hustled hard, and it was a great game,” he said. “Unfortunately, they scored the goals, and that’s how you win games.”

West won the junior varsity game 3-0, with Ahmad Samady scoring two goals and Josh Avilar also scoring.

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