Tracy coach Nate Perry said the second-round victory propels the team farther than any Tracy High girl’s soccer team has gone in playoffs before.
Senior stopper Kellie Piazza said the No. 6 seed Bulldogs (14-5-2) are just getting started.
“We’re so happy,” Piazza said. “We’ll take it in and get ready for the next game.”
Perry said the Bulldogs were prepared for the speed and the aggressive ball handling of Wolfpack striker Ariel Klink, who had scored the winning goal in her team’s 1-0 win over Kimball on Tuesday, May 7.
Tracy sophomore defender Shayla Simonich expected a tough and physical matchup, knowing it would be her responsibility to keep the Wolfpack (10-5-3) offense in check.
“They’ve very aggressive and I just had to stay back and watch where (Klink) was going,” Simonich said. “I was patient mostly.”
The Bulldogs seized the advantage from the start and maintained their offensive pressure by relying on their speed on the outside, passes to the inside and accurate execution of their plays.
Freshman Iris Cruz scored in the first minute off a throw-in, and the Wolfpack tied it up in the 30th minute.
Tracy took back the lead six minutes into the second half when sophomore Jenna Wesely scored with header from a corner kick by Piazza.
Tracy scored in the 76th minute when Brown crossed the ball from the right to senior Katelyn Crone, who kicked the ball into the left side of the goal.
Piazza scored Tracy’s final goal a minute later on a free kick.
The next game will be on the road against Ponderosa High (15-3-2) in Shingle Springs.
Millennium 4, Waterford 0
Two freshmen led the Millennium Falcon soccer team to a win over Waterford High in the first round of the SJS Division VI playoffs on Thursday, May 9, at the Tracy Learning Center.
Freshman forward Ana Olmos scored two goals for the Falcons (12-8-1) in the first half, on assists from freshman Reina Perales and sophomore Victoria Garza.
Perales scored two for the Falcons in the second half, with Olmos assisting on one of the goals.
Falcon coach Jason Freeman said that the Millennium defense limited Waterford (11-4-4) to five shots on goal.
“(Waterford) didn’t get into the penalty box area on our side very often,” Freeman said. “Any time they got close, our defense was there.”
He added that the Falcon offense controlled the ball for most of the game.
“Our passes were crisp and we were finding the open person really well,” he said. “They were unable to get anything going because we moved the ball around so well.”
The win moves the Falcons (12-8-1) to the semifinals of the Division VI playoffs, where they will travel to Sacramento on Wednesday, May 15, to face Capital Christian (10-4-1).
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