The Kimball High Jaguars finished the Valley Oak League season in second place behind East Union High after beating Lathrop High 4-0 at home Tuesday. The Jaguars will also have a place in the SJS playoffs.
“I think we’re all really pumped up since we’re going to playoffs,” junior forward Abby Dyer said. “I’m just really proud about how we came together. We were all new at first and didn’t know each other, and then we came together as a team and connected really well.”
Kimball (12-3, 11-2 VOL) kept up the pressure on Lathrop (5-14-3, 2-9-2 VOL) for most of the game. Junior Abby Dyer scored on a shot up the middle after taking a pass from sophomore Samantha Tran in the 15th minute. Tran scored in the 22nd minute on a penalty kick and scored again in the 48th minute when Dyer fired a cross from the left and Tran one-touched the ball into the net. Junior Caitlyn Rodriguez scored in the 68th minute, also on a cross from Dyer.
“She passed it right to the middle and I just followed up and did what our coaches told us to do,” Rodriguez said.
The West High girls soccer team’s Tri-City Athletic League season ended with a fight on the field at Steve Lopez Stadium on Wednesday night after a hotly contested match against Stagg High got out of hand.
With a chance to make the Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs at stake, the teams had been playing a physical game with few fouls called. West held the offensive advantage for most of the night and was ahead 3-1 with about five minutes left in the second half when the rough play escalated into a fight.
Stagg had just made an offensive drive up the left side and was turned back by West’s defense. What exactly initiated the fight was unclear, but after a Stagg player got on top of a West player and started throwing punches, players from both sides rushed in — some still swinging, others trying to pull combatants apart.
Referees quickly broke up the fight, blew the whistle to end the game and started handing out red cards.
West’s players soon got over the rough ending to their league season. The win left the Wolf Pack (5-6-3, 4-4-2 TCAL) in third place in the TCAL and gained them a spot in the playoffs for the first time since 2007. Playoffs begin Tuesday .
“We put a lot of pressure on them. They were just mad because we were the stronger team this time,” West senior Colleen Burkhart said. “We came out determined and we came out ready for this game.”
Junior Natalia Bijak said that the Wolf Pack had kept reinforcing their will to win.
“Since the beginning of the season, we’ve been working so hard,” Bijak said. “Yesterday at practice, as we were running, we were saying, ‘Playoff, playoffs, playoffs.’ It was our motivation and it all came together.”
The teams went into Wednesday’s game tied for third place. Stagg (3-5-2 TCAL) scored first, but West came back midway through the first half and tied the score with a goal by Bijak on an assist from junior Amanda Beck.
West senior Kailyn Cooper scored the Wolf Pack’s second goal in the 39th minute on a penalty kick after she was slide-tackled in front of the Stagg goal.
West made it a 3-1 game in the 68th minute as players battled for control of the ball in front of the Stagg goal. Senior Colleen Burkhart got the ball from senior Maddie Wright and made a shot that hit the Stagg goalie and then bounced into the goal.
West’s junior varsity team beat Stagg 12-0. The win put the West JV at 9-1 in the TCAL, securing the 2014 TCAL title. Scoring statistics were not available.
Chavez 2, Tracy 1
Tracy High’s girls soccer team lost on the road Tuesday at Chavez High, leaving Tracy with a 14-4-1 overall record, 6-2-1 in the San Joaquin Athletic Association.
Tracy has clinched an SJS playoff spot and needed a win at home against Bear Creek on Thursday to secure the SJAA title. Results of Thursday’s game were not available at press time.
Millennium 10, Elliot Christian 2
The Falcons won their Central California Athletic Alliance title with their victory over Elliot Christian in Lodi on Monday.
But the Millennium High Falcons (13-1-2, 13-1 CCAA) still need to see how Venture Academy of Stockton finishes its season before they know if they’ll have to share the league title.
Venture Academy was 11-1 in the CCAA as of Wednesday, with the outcome of a Monday game against Hughes Academy unavailable and the score of a Thursday game against Big Valley Christian unavailable as of press time.
The Falcons dominated Elliot Christian (5-7-1 CCAA) from the start, scoring seven goals in the first half alone. Senior Ivy Torres scored four goals for the day, junior Reina Perales scored two, and senior Annie Bradley, juniors Jessica Salas and Victoria Garza and freshman Cassie Scudder scored one each.
West 1, Edison 1
West had a chance to secure a playoff spot Monday, but a tie with Edison High meant that third place in the TCAL would come down to the West vs. Stagg match on Wednesday.
The game went scoreless for most of the first half. Senior Colleen Burkhart scored in the 30th minute after junior Amanda Beck brought the ball through the Edison defense and passed to Burkhart. Edison scored its goal on a free kick in the 36th minute, shooting the ball from the left side to the upper-right corner of the goal.
West’s junior varsity team beat Edison 3-0. Alondra Gonzalaz and Krystal Rheinor each scored for West, and Edison scored an own-goal.
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