The Kimball High girls water polo team advanced to the semifinals of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division II playoffs with their 10-2 win over Dixon High on Monday, Nov. 11, at Whitney High School in Rocklin.
Kimball coach Matt Gumpert said the Jaguar team (20-9) jumped out to a 3-1 lead in the first quarter, but nobody scored in the second quarter.
“I told the girls, let’s clean up the pace,” Gumpert said. “If we could play fast we’ll see if they can keep up.”
“We cranked up the pressure and the offense just clicked for us.”
Gumpert said the Jaguars scored four goals in two minutes during the third quarter. He was especially glad to see that six girls contributed goals, including seniors Colby Chase and juniors Tahnee Trew, Courtney Moberg and Alexis Clark with two each, and Kaitlyn Traut and Jhacky Romero with one each.
“It was good because the teams that watch us will have a harder time picking us apart,” Gumpert said.
This is the second year in a row that Kimball’s girls have gone to playoffs. Gumpert noted that previously the only local girls water polo team to make playoffs was the Tracy High team in 1996.
Kimball now faces Rio Americano of Sacramento at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 13, at Whitney High. Rio Americano is the champion of the Capital Athletic League and defending SJS Division II champion.
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