First-year Millennium High soccer coach Dominic Figueroa has his team riding an eight-game winning streak on the way to a Central California Athletic Association championship and a berth in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division VI playoffs next week.
"It was tough in the beginning. We were having growing pains," Figuroa said. "As we progressed with the season I became more and more impressed with the guys."
The Falcons’ 10-0 win at home over Elliot Christian on Wednesday, Oct. 30, concludes a regular season in which Millennium went 3-6-2 in pre-league play, lost the first game in CCAA competition and then won every game after that to finish at 11-7-2 overall and 8-1-0 in the CCAA.
Junior Eddie Diaz, one of the team captains, said every win encouraged the Falcons to set their sights on bigger goals for the entire team.
"I think the big difference is toward the end of the season everyone was climbing the mountain to see the world, not so that the world could see them, and being less selfish," he said.
The Falcons last won the CCAA title in 2011, when they went on to also win the SJS Division VII title.
Three players, senior Daniel Gutierrez and juniors Ramiro Cortez and Elham Chopan, return from that team, but Chopan said this year was a new start for everyone.
"Our team built a lot. We can pass better and the team chemistry has gone way up from the first day," he said.
Diaz scored three goals on Wednesday, Chopan and Gutierrez scored two each, and sophomore Nick Yanke, and seniors Eddie Romero and Lemar Gulham scored one each.
The Falcons clinched the league title on Friday, Oct. 25, at home with a 2-0 win over Big Valley Christian of Modesto. Guttierez and Yanke scored the goals and freshman Elyas Chopan had an assist.
The Falcons begin playoffs on Thursday, Nov. 7, at 3 p.m. The eight-team bracket had not been released as of press time.
Tracy 6, Bear Creek 0
Tracy High’s boys soccer team confirmed a playoff berth and a second-place finish in the San Joaquin Athletic Association with a 6-0 win at Bear Creek High in Stockton on Wednesday, Oct. 30.
Tracy sophomore Lorenzo Gonzalez and freshman Eric Martinez scored two goals each, and juniors Josh Clark and James Perez each scored one.
The Bulldogs (9-4-2, 6-2-2 SJAA) were in a tie with Lodi for second place in the SJAA going into Wednesday’s contest. Lodi dropped to third following a loss to league champion Lincoln on Wednesday.
The Bulldogs also claimed a 4-1 win at home against Chavez on Friday, Oct. 25. Sophomore Lorenzo Gonzalez scored two goals and senior Jacob Gonzalez and Cristian Ramos each scored one goal.
Next up for the Bulldogs is the first round of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division II playoffs on Tuesday, Nov. 5, at 3 p.m. The 16-team bracket had not been released as of press time.
Kimball 3, Lathrop 2
The Jaguars wrapped up the boys fall soccer season with a 3-2 win at home over Lathrop High on Wednesday, Oct. 30, ending the season in sixth place in the Valley Oak League.
Kimball (6-15-1, 4-9-1 VOL) junior Ryan Chaney scored on a pass from Brett Lassiter and sophomore Ashkan Behnam scored on a header to put Kimball up 2-0 at the half.
Lathrop scored twice in the second half to tie it up, and Kimball took the game back in the 78th minute when Behnam passed to sophomore Andres Madruga, who made the shot.
Kimball also tied East Union 1-1 on Monday, Oct. 28, in Manteca, and lost 2-1 to Valley Oak League champion Oakdale on Oct. 24.
Stagg 3, West 2
West High’s boys soccer team finished its season on Tuesday, Oct. 29, with a 3-2 loss at Stagg High in Stockton. Junior Jose Romero and sophomore Ahmad Samady scored West’s goals.
The loss puts the Wolf Pack at 1-9-3, 1-6-2 in the Tri-City Athletic League, with Edison the league champion at 7-0-3.
West played Edison to a 1-1 tie at home on Oct. 24. The Vikings scored first in the 20th minute, and West senior Javier Rios passed to Samady for West’s goal in the 35th minute.
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