The Kimball High soccer team came through with an upset victory on Thurday, beating the No. 1 seed Vintage, champion of the Monticello Empire League, 3-2, in Napa.
The Jaguars (19-4, 11-3 Valley Oak League) were the No. 9 seed going into the playoffs, now are among the top four Sac-Joaquin Section Division II teams playing in the semifinals, which will be played at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 14. Kimball will travel to Rocklin to face Capital Athletic League champion Whitney High (16-4-3, 9-0-1 CAL).
Kimball coach Ron Hattley reported that Thursday’s game at Vintage (18-2-4, 12-1-2 MEL) was tied 1-1 at the half, with junior Abby Dyer scoring for the Jaguars in the first half on a pass from junior Taylor Hopkins.
Sophomore Samantha Tran scored in the second half on an assist from Dyer, and Dyer made a long run at the goal, flipped the ball through the defense and outmaneuvered the goalkeeper for an open shot, making it a 3-1 game. Vintage scored again off of a corner kick to make it a tense matchup through the end.
Millennium 12, Cristo Rey 0
The Millennium soccer team, the No. 1 seed in the SJS Division VII bracket, scored early and often on Thursday, dominating the first-round playoff opponent, No. 8 seed Cristo Rey of Sacramento, 12-0 at the Tracy Learning Center.
Millennium’s speed and control of the ball kept the pressure on the Cristo Rey goal through the first half as Millennium (14-1-2, 13-1 Central California Athletic Alliance), took a 10-0 halftime lead over Cristo Rey (8-7-1, 7-4-1 Central Valley California League). Millennium dialed back the offensive pressure in the second half, but Cristo Rey still couldn’t put much pressure on the Falcon goal.
Millennium coach Dominic Figueroa said that within the first few minutes Millennium was putting the ball in the net. After that he was looking not so much for goals, but at how well his team executed its plays.
“We have to look at, did we play well, did we pass, did we communicate, and play the way we train to play? And we did that,” he said.
Senior Ivy Torres scored four goals for Millennium, senior Annie Bradley, junior Reina Perales and sophomore Valeria Diaz scored two each, and freshman Cassie Scudder and senior Amber De La Cruz each scored one.
Millennium now advances to semifinals, and will host Forest Lake Christian (15-5-1, 11-0-1 CVCL) of Auburn at 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 14, at the Tracy Learning Center.
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