Tracy High’s soccer team confirmed its place on top of the San Joaquin Athletic Association standings with a 4-3 win on Wednesday over the visiting Lincoln Trojans.
The win puts Tracy at 10-2, 3-0 SJAA, and Lincoln is 3-7-1, 1-1-1 SJAA.
Teams played a physical game, but the Tracy players were undaunted.
“Every team is turning out to be decent in this league so it’s turning out to be more competitive than I thought it would,” Tracy coach Nate Perry said, adding that he was impressed with how the Tracy team refused to let Lincoln keep any advantage.
“These girls just don’t expect to lose. They get fired up and I stay calm. I know they’re going to find a way to win.”
The Bulldogs scored six minutes into the game as Bria Outland brought the ball up the middle and maneuvered past Lincoln’s defenders to take a shot into the right corner of the goal.
Teams took turns putting pressure on each others’ goals, with Tracy goal keeper Amanda Simonich making five saves in the first half. Lincoln’s Amber Deandra made a shot from the left to tie it up 1-1 with two minutes left in the half.
Tracy started off with strong offensive pressure in the second half, and scored six minute in after Autumn Bolton passed up the middle to Mariah Serrato, who brought the ball up for an open shot to make it a 2-1 game. A minute later Outland madder her own charge up the right and shot the ball in to make it 3-1. Lincoln scored 15 minutes into the half on Alyssa Deandre’s shot from the left.
Teams went back a back-and-forth contest, with neither able to score until Outland made a corner kick from the right 36 minutes into the half, and arced the ball into the crowd in front of the goal. Nicole Gasior was there to head the ball into the goal. Lincoln’s goal keeper deflected the ball, but Gasior was still in position to make a sliding shot that went into the net. Lincoln made it a 4-3 game after Marissa Giovannoni shot a free kick from the right and into the Tracy goal.
Tracy junior Ghoncheh Azaden said her team came into Wednesday’s game knowing that Lincoln had the potential to take a share of first place in the SJAA.
“Going into the second half was a little nerve-wracking, but we came back and we reassured ourselves with a few more goals,” she said. “It shows what kind of team we are that we came into the second half even stronger and did even better than how we started off the game.”
Freshman-sophomore: Tracy 6, Lincoln 1
Tracy’s junior varsity team beat Lincoln 6-1, with a 3-0 lead at the half and a 6-0 lead before Lincoln scored its only goal with about five minutes left in the game. Shayla Simonich scored two goals for Tracy, and Daesha Brown, Shelly Hagelston, Kennedy Gray, Jenna Wesely and Samantha Reich each scored a goal. Brown, Allie Rodriguez, Dallyce Marglon and Jill Finney each had assists, and goal keeper Gabriella Tassano had eight saves, including a blocked penalty kick in the second half. The win puts Tracy at 12-0, 3-0 in the SJAA.