The Jaguars (16-0, 8-0 VOL) have outscored their opponents 67-6 this year, shutting out teams in 11 of their 16 games. Their closest contest was a 2-1 win over defending VOL champion East Union.
Players said that they still have tough games ahead, including a rematch with East Union at home on Tuesday, April 23.
“Our challenge is to not get too confident and make sure we always stay focused,” sophomore forward and midfielder Taylor Hopkins said.
Senior goalie Tayler Lennier added that mental preparation before each game is the key.
“We always have to be ready. In any game anyone can win,” she said. “With them (East Union) especially, they’re very good but if we play well we’ll come out on top.”
In his fourth year as the Jaguars’ coach, Ron Hattley has seen players grow into leaders as new athletes join the team each year.
“Definitely our young players have helped strengthen our back line, and our older players have fit in really well with them,” Hattley said. “They’re real comfortable with each other.”
Veterans like senior Amber Lennier and junior Mireya Magana anchor the midfield with their passing and ball control, while forwards like Hopkins and sophomore Abigail Dyer bring speed to the offense.
Senior forward and four-year player Adaurie Dayak said the team has strived to create this type of chemistry.
“A lot of the seniors have been looking forward to this year, especially because we know that we have a lot of great freshmen and sophomores,” she said.
It helps, she added, that many of the team’s players compete together year-round through West Coast Soccer, led by her father and former pro soccer player Troy Dayak.
Kimball defeated visiting Sonora thanks to single goals from Magana and Marissa Paz, as well as two from Dayak.
Kimball also notched a 3-0 win over visiting Lathrop on Friday, April 12, to the first half of the VOL season, and played Sierra High of Manteca after press time Thursday, April 18.
Millennium 1, Venture Academy 0
The Falcons held on for a win at home over Central California Athletic Alliance leader Venture Academy on Wednesday, April 17, at the Tracy Learning Center.
Freshman Ana Olmos scored for Millennium (8-7-1, 5-2 CCAA) in the second half.
Millennium maintained offensive pressure on the Mustangs (8-4, 6-1 CCAA) through the end of the second half to secure the victory.
Tokay 7, West 0
West High’s soccer team (4-8, 3-4 Tri-City Athletic League) squared off against the Tokay Tigers on Wednesday, April 17.
Though the Tigers (5-2 TCAL) took a 4-0 lead in the first half, the Wolf Pack stayed aggressive.
“We gave it our best shot,” senior forward Jordan Workman said. “So far it’s been pretty rough, but the wins have been good. The losses have been good, too. It’s been a learning experience, and hopefully it makes us better by the end.”
Tracy 1, Lodi 1
The Tracy High girls soccer team started the second half of the San Joaquin Athletic Association season with a tie against visiting Lodi on Tuesday, April 16.
Junior Daesha Brown scored Tracy’s only goal, which gave the Bulldogs a 1-0 lead until Lodi scored in the 78th minute.
Even with the tie, Tracy (8-6-2, 4-0-2 SJAA) has a solid hold on first place going into the second half of the league season.
Coach Nate Perry said that two more wins in the next four games will be enough for the league title.
The Bulldogs played at Lincoln on Thursday, April 18, but scores were not available as of press time.
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