Coach Ron Hattley credits the young players in the back for moving Kimball (10-0, 2-0 Valley Oak League) past defending league champion East Union (9-1, 1-1 VOL).
Among them was freshman defender Miciah Madison, who cleared away an East Union shot at the end of the game to preserve the win.
Senior Marissa Paz scored for Kimball in the 34th minute on an assist from freshman Kayla Pereira, and senior Adaurie Dayak scored in the 42nd minute on an assist from senior Amber Lennier.
East Union scored in the 55th minute. Kimball senior goalie Tayler Lennier made five saves.
Kimball opened the VOL season March 7 with a 2-0 home win over the Manteca Buffaloes (7-3, 1-1 VOL) at Don Nicholson Stadium.
The Jaguars took the lead in the 47th minute when sophomore forward Abigail Dyer outran Manteca’s defense and passed to senior Amber Lennier in the middle and Lennier passed the ball forward to Dayak, who made the shot.
Dyer again raced past Manteca and passed the ball to freshman Maya Lopez, who scored in the 52nd minute.
Manteca also had speed on offense but couldn’t get past Tayler Lennier, who had nine saves for the night.
Tracy at Sierra tournament
The Bulldogs went 2-2 at the Sierra High Tournament in Manteca on Friday, March 8, and Saturday, March 9.
On Friday, Tracy (3-5) beat Grace Davis of Modesto 7-0 and Ceres High 1-0. Tracy and Sierra tied 1-1 on Saturday in the semifinals, and Sierra advanced to the finals after beating Tracy on the penalty kick shootout.
Tracy fell 3-0 to Modesto in the consolation final.
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