Kimball High’s girls soccer team had to be persistent Friday in order to score against West. The Jaguars eventually were able to get clear shots on West’s goal for a 3-0 win in their first game of the 2014 season.
Kimball put consistent pressure on West’s goal. The Wolf Pack (0-1-1) defense held up, with junior goalkeeper Saman Latifi blocking eight shots and defender Pakezza Azizpor blocking another on a shot where Latifi was drawn out of position.
Kimball sophomore forward Samantha Tran scored in the 32nd minute when she brought the ball up the right side, got past West’s defenders and made the shot into the left side of the goal.
“We came in really attack oriented,” Tran said. “We missed five games because of the rain so we were really excited and really pumped.”
She added that the team settled into its game at the half and continued to be quick at midfield to turn away West’s attacks, and kept the pressure on West’s goal. Junior Abby Dyer scored on a pass from Tran in the 57th minute, and Dyer scored again on clear shot at the goal in 73rd minute.
Kimball coach Ron Hattley said that he expects his team to be tough at midfield and on offense in order to stay in control of the ball.
“They’re willing to play possession soccer, and that’s going to be our key,” he said. “We can’t get scored on if we’ve got the ball.”
West’s second-half goalkeeper Yuni Bernal blocked six shots, and sophomore defender Audrey Romo blocked another.
“We stayed strong with our defense. We just need to work on our offense more,” Romo said, adding that her team was prepared to face off against a hard-playing Kimball team.
West coach Abel Dorado added that his team kept up its intensity until the end.
“We try our best and that’s all I ask of the girls. We played a lot better than in our first game,” he said, referring to a 0-0 tie against Millennium on March 5.
West had few opportunities to take shots. Kimball starting freshman goalie Amanda Leal blocked a shot in the first half and goalie Paige Ryback blocked a West shot in the second half.
The junior varsity game ended in a 2-2 tie, with freshman Azaleia Caluza scoring two goals for West, and freshmen Camille Iacangelo and Lynette Sota scoring for Kimball.
Tracy 3, Oakdale 2
Tracy High won its first game of the girls soccer season 3-2 at home Wednesday against Oakdale. Oakdale scored first and the Bulldogs tied it up when Ashley Hallen scored on a pass from sophomore Iris Cruz. Tracy scored twice in the second half, first on a goal from senior Kelly Brooks, assisted by Wells, and again on a header by junior Jenna Wesely on a pass from Brooks.
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