Girls soccer: Early goals set tone for Tracy’s win over West
by Bob Brownne
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Tracy High senior Daesha Brown (left) and sophomore Iris Cruz (right) sandwich West High junior Natalie Bijak on the corner kick during a game on Thursday at Tracy High.  Glenn Moore/Tracy Press
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It didn’t take long for the Tracy High girls soccer team to take charge of their match Thursday against visiting West High.

Tracy (7-2) had a 2-0 lead within the first 10 minutes, led 4-0 at the half and won it 5-0 to make West (1-2-1) the second crosstown rival, after beating Kimball 2-0 on March 11, to fall to the Bulldogs.

Tracy scored in the third minute on senior Kelly Brooks’ shot off of a pass from junior Jenna Wesely, and five minutes later Brooks crossed the ball to senior Cailie Chayrez, who had a clear shot on the left side for the score.

Brooks and sophomore Iris Cruz got past the West defense and junior goalkeeper Saman Latifi, with Brooks making the shot. Brooks got her third goal of the game, Tracy’s fourth, in the 36th minute on a cross from Cruz.

Brooks said that the early scores boosted the team’s confidence.

“It lifted us up so we had the motivation to score more. It was a really good way to start off the first half,” she said.

Cruz added that her team kept control of the ball to deny West its chances to attack the Tracy goal.

“We practice all week on keeping possession of the ball, getting open, really working with each other and switching the field,” she said. “We tried to do that in the game and I think we did it pretty well.”

West kept up a strong presence at midfield the whole time and junior forwards Colleen Burkhart and Natalie Bijak made more attacks on the Tracy goal in the second half.

“Later on I came in stronger. I just felt like I shouldn’t give up on my team,” Burkhart said.

“Even when we’re down we don’t give up and that’s the good thing about our team. We’ve got each others’ backs.”

West goalie Latifi blocked six shots, most in the first half, while Wolf Pack senior goalie Yuni Bernal blocked four shots in the second half. West sophomore defender Audrey Romo and senior defender Saara Latifi also blocked shots.

Tracy got its fifth goal 21 minutes into the second half when Tracy sophomore Ashley Hallen fired a cross from the right side and it deflected off of a West defender and into the goal.

Tracy won the junior varsity game 4-0, with first-half goals for Tracy’s Becca DeStefano and Rachelle Buske and Sophia Munoz scoring two more in the second half. Sammy Caro and Jessica Taylor both had assists.

East Union 5, Kimball 1

The East Union Lancers stayed in control of Friday’s game at Kimball’s Don Nicholson Stadium, taking a 3-0 lead in the first half. East Union kept up persistent pressure on the Jaguars defense, and Kimball freshman goalie Paige Ryback had 16 saves for the night.

East Union had a 4-0 lead before sophomore Samantha Tran scored on a pass from junior Eliana Mendoza in the 52nd minute, and the Lancers scored one more in the 68th minute.

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