The Kimball High Jaguars moved on to the next round of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division I girls soccer playoffs with their 3-2 win at Elk Grove on Tuesday.
Coach Ron Hattley said the Jaguars went into the game without junior forward Abby Dyer, who was ill, but junior Taylor Hopkins filled in that role and senior midfielder Mireya Magana controlled the middle and led the Jaguars’ counterattacks.
Kimball (13-4, 11-3 Valley Oak League) took the advantage early against Elk Grove (10-5-1, 7-3 Delta Valley Conference) with a goal scored in the seventh minute by sophomore Samantha Tran, assisted by senior Mireya Magana. Tran scored again three minutes later on a pass from junior Eliana Mendoza, and in the 17th minute, Tran and Magana teamed up for the assist as Hopkins scored the Jaguars’ third goal.
Elk Grove scored late in the first half and again in the 54th minute.
Kimball freshman goalie Amanda Leal had seven saves and freshman Paige Ryback also had a save.
Kimball will play Thursday against No. 1-seed Vintage in Napa.
Rio Americano 3, Tracy 0
The Tracy High girls soccer team’s postseason ended early with the Bulldogs’ loss to visiting Rio Americano of Sacramento on Tuesday.
It was an upset for Tracy (15-5-1, 7-2-1 San Joaquin Athletic Association), which was the No. 6 seed in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division II bracket. Rio Americano (9-6-1, 7-2-1 Capital Athletic League) was seeded No. 11.
“I think we were evenly matched,” Tracy coach Nate Perry said. “They just finished all of their full chances and we didn’t.”
The Rio Americano Raiders went up early in the first half on a goal scored by Marisa Sanchez and kept their l-0 lead through the first half in spite of Tracy’s offense pressuring the Raiders’ goal.
Tracy’s best scoring opportunities came as senior Daesha Brown took throw-ins near the Raiders goal. Headers by junior Jenna Wesely and sophomore Ashley Hallen went wide, and seniors Dallyce Marglon and Kelly Brooks also took shots, but Raiders goalie Jessica Alcala was effective with eight blocks for the day.
Tracy junior goalie Gabriella Tassano had seven saves, but Rio Americano scored again in the 60th minute on a solid shot from the right by Sanchez, and her teammate Marissa Hagerman scored on a free kick after she was fouled just outside the penalty box in the 74th minute.
Granite Bay 7, West 0
The West High girls soccer team was eliminated from the Sac-Joaquin Section Division I playoffs with a loss at Granite Bay.
The Wolf Pack (5-7-3, 4-4-2 Tri-City Athletic League), playing their first postseason match since 2007, were up against the top-seeded Grizzlies (13-1-3, 6-1-3 Sierra Foothill League).
West coach Abel Dorado said the local players started well, but their game slowed down once the Grizzlies started scoring.
“The girls were nervous from the beginning,” he said, adding that this year’s trip to playoffs put them up against competition West usually doesn’t face.
“It will be a good experience for our returning players,” Dorado said.
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