Manteca 3, Kimball 0
Kimball opened its Valley Oak League season with a 3-0 loss to the visiting Manteca Buffaloes Monday at Don Nicholson Stadium. The loss puts the Jaguars at 1-6.
The Jaguars, including Justin Hopkins, Joseph Yun and Misael Pacheco, put plenty of pressure on the Buffaloes’ goal during the first half, but Manteca managed to get it defenders in front of the goal before Kimball’s players could make their shots. Most of the Jaguars’ best chances came on passes from the sides to players in front of the goal, where Buffalo defenders took advantage of any hesitation on Kimball’s part to kick the ball away and get more defenders in position to block any followup attempts.
Toward the end of the half the Buffaloes put the pressure on Kimball’s goal. Goal keeper Alan Espinoza blocked two shots in the final minutes of the half, but the Buffaloes got on in on a cross from the right side to get a clear shot into the left corner just out of Espinoza’s reach.
Kimball’s offense kept up the pressure for the start of the second half, but gradually the Buffaloes took the advantage and scored another in the 21st minute of the half on a drive up the center and a shot into the left corner, again just out of reach of the Jaguar goalie. Manteca’s third goal came 30 minutes into the half with an assault on the Kimball goal, shots blocked by Espinoza and other Kimball defenders, and the Buffs finally getting a rebound shot in on the right side.
Hopkins and Carlos Lopez closed in on the Manteca goal a couple more times in the final minutes, but again the Manteca defenders used any small delay on Kimball’s part to get between the ball and the goal.
Kimball’s junior varsity team is now 1-3 after a 5-1 loss on Monday on the soccer field behind the school. Manteca scored first, and Kimball tied it up in the 17th minute when Christopher Emmett headed the ball to Dillon Dander, who kicked in the shot for the Jaguars’ only goal. Manteca scored twice more in the first half and two more again in the second.
Kimball at Yosemite Cup
The Jaguar soccer team traveled to Sonora High this past weekend to play in the Yosemite Cup Tournament, hosted by the Sonora High Wildcats.
Chavez 8, Kimball 1: The Titans jumped out to a five-goal lead Friday afternoon and made it an 8-0 game at the half. Kimball regrouped and held the Titans scoreless in the second half, spent more time on the attack to score a goal and defended its goal much better.
Argonaut 4, Kimball 3: Kimball let a 3-2 lead slip away in the final minute of Saturday morning’s game as the Jaguars allowed a penalty kick in the final minute, which gave Argonaut a chance to tie it up. Argonaut won it in sudden-death overtime. Joseph Yun scored all three of Kimball’s goals, two on penalty kicks, and freshman goalkeeper Alan Espinoza blocked six shots on goal.
Kimball 8, Sonora 0: Kimball logged a win on Saturday afternoon against the host team as Yun scored four goals and Hedgar Mojica scored twice against Sonora. Miguel Orozco and Carlos Lopez also scored.
Millennium 10, Delta Charter 0
Tracy’s two charter schools faced off on the soccer field last Thursday as the Delta Charter Dragons hosted the Millennium Falcons. The Falcons had a 7-0 lead at the half and scored three more in the second half. Delta Charter played with a small team, and athletic director Julia Ulrich said the team will likely add girls and play as a co-ed team.
Tracy at Freedom Tournament
Tracy High’s tennis team traveled to Freedom High for the Falcons’ annual tournament on Saturday. It was Tracy’s last competition before San Joaquin Athletic Association play begins on Tuesday.
Tracy’s doubles teams, Rebecca Reinen and Cassidy Dolstra, and Paige Johnson and Aubrey Boehm, each won four matches in a row and faced each other in an all-Tracy championship match. Johnson and Boehm edged out their teammates in three sets, 6-7 (7-5), 7-6 (7-5), 6-4.
In the singles, Michelle Kouda lost her first round match and went into the consolation bracket. She won two matches and then lost in the consolation final to Albany High’s number-one player 3-6, 2-6.
Renata Guzman won two matches and advanced to the semi-finals, where she lost 1-6, 2-6 to Justin Sienna High’s number-one player, who went on to win the tournament. She then played Rachel Carston, Justin Sienna’s number-two player, in the third place match and lost 2-6, 0-6.
Chiara Adamo won the first two rounds and lost in the quarterfinals to Rachel Carston, 0-6, 4-6. She then won two more matches to reach the fifth place match, where she lost in three sets, 6-0, 2-6, 3-6.
Lodi 222, Tracy 284
Tracy High’s golfers opened their San Joaquin Athletic Association season Thursday against Lodi High at Woodbridge Golf and Country Club. It puts Tracy at 3-1, 0-1 in the SJAA. Jennifer Kim shot 48 on the par-37 course. Devin Nicholson shot 50, Emily Dellagana 59, Sarah Price 61 and Shelby Devlin 65.