Boys Soccer: West slips to second in TCAL
by Bob Brownne
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The second half of the Tri-City Athletic League season turned out to be a rough finish for West High’s boys soccer team.

The Wolf Pack was undefeated through the first seven games of league play, but, they finished with two losses and a tie in the last two weeks of the schedule.

A 2-2 tie in West’s last league game at Stagg High in Stockton on Tuesday, Oct. 23, leaves the Wolf Pack (9-2-3, 5-2-3 TCAL) in second place in the TCAL, behind McNair High of Stockton (6-2-2 TCAL).

The two teams were tied for first going into the final week of league play, but McNair beat St. Mary’s 5-3 on Monday, Oct. 22, to take the advantage.

West lost 1-0 to St. Mary’s on Oct. 16 and then lost 2-0 to Edison on Oct. 18.

The Wolf Pack is still bound for the Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs, which begin Tuesday, Oct. 30.

A first-place finish would have given West a favorable place in the playoff bracket. The top three teams from the league go to playoffs, and the section will create seven brackets based on school size. West will most likely be in Division I.

West coach Nate Perry said Tuesday’s game at Stagg was an even contest for the first half, which was scoreless.

“It was another tie where we dominated,” Perry said.

Stagg scored on a penalty kick five minutes into the second half. Stagg scored again in the 60th minute, but from there West put on the pressure. Jose Murillo scored a goal in the 65th minute, and Javier Rios scored in the 70th minute to tie it.

From there, the Wolf Pack put on 10 minutes of pressure on the Delta Kings’ goal, setting up five close shots only to have them blocked by the Stagg goalie.

Millennium 1, Elliot Christian 1

The Falcons secured a place in the Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs Wednesday, Oct. 24, when they finished the league season with a tie at Elliot Christian in Lodi.

Millennium takes second place in the combined Central California Athletic Alliance/Mountain Valley League, and the Falcons (17-7-2, 13-3-2 CCAA/MVL) will be one of four teams in the combined league to move on to the playoffs.

Falcons coach Alex Gonzalez said it’s still unclear if the team’s second-place standing will translate into home field advantage for the first round of playoffs, which begin Tuesday, Oct. 30.

Divisions and brackets for the playoffs will be sorted out by school size, and Millennium, two-time defending SJS Division VII champion, will most likely end up in Division VI this year.

Millennium held the lead for most of Tuesday’s game after Nick Yanke scored 30 minutes into the first half.

Elliot Christian tied it in the final minutes.

Tracy 7, Bear Creek 2

Tracy High’s last soccer game of the season was a chance for the Bulldogs to finish 2012 on a high note.

The Bulldogs (5-7-2, 3-6-1 SJAA) beat Bear Creek with four goals from senior Paul Mayes, goals from senior Grant Bessette and junior Adolpho Inguanzo and freshman Lorenzo Gonzalez, just up from the junior varsity team.

“It was a strong finish to a tough year,” Tracy coach Phil Kalis said, noting that after his team went 1-6 in SJAA play the Bulldogs tied against Lincoln and then beat Chavez and Bear Creek. “I was proud of the team. They showed a lot of character at the end.”

Kimball 4, Weston Ranch 3

The Jaguars earned a win on Tuesday, Oct. 23, at Weston Ranch High in Stockton as they defeated the Cougars in Valley Oak League play.

Kimball (2-10-1 VOL) had a 3-2 lead at the half and held on through the second half for the win.

Mitchell Seitz scored on a pass from Ryan Chaney, Brian Donovan scorned on an assist from Noah Aini, Andres Martinez scored on assist from Seitz and Aini scored on an assist from Brett Lassiter.

Josh Shuey and Salvaran Sidhu were the Jaguars’ key defenders, and goalie Juan Cardenas had seven saves.

Kimball played its last game of the season Thursday, Oct. 25, at Lathrop. The results were too late for press time.

Tracy 3, Chavez 2

Even after being knocked out of playoff contention, the Tracy High’s boys soccer team showed that it could still shake up the San Joaquin Athletic Association standings.

The Bulldogs beat league leader Chavez (6-2-1 SJAA) at West High on Friday, Oct. 19. The win pushed the Titans out of sole possession of first place in the SJAA, and into a tie for first with Lodi going into the final league contests this week.

Senior Paul Mayes scored two goals for Tracy, and Alejandro Noriega also scored a goal. Mayes, Byron Munoz, and Jerry Pelayo all had assists.

East Union 7, Kimball 0

The Jaguars lost on the road Oct. 18, at East Union High in Manteca in Valley Oak League play.

Kimball recently recorded a win by forfeit after East Union coaches noted that the Lancers had an ineligible player in East Union’s game against Kimball on Sept. 25.

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