The result isn’t likely to hurt the Wolf Pack’s playoff prospects, but West still needs wins in the last two games of the regular season — Friday, Oct. 19, at Edison, and Tuesday, Oct. 23, at Stagg — to clinch the school’s third consecutive Tri-City Athletic League title.
West coach Nate Perry said the Wolf Pack (5-1-2 TCAL) still have the advantage over McNair (4-2-1 TCAL), which is the team’s closest competitor for the league title. Results of McNair’s latest games were not available, though, so Perry said West’s last two games must be wins.
“We still have a good shot at league championship if we win the next two,” Perry said. “They’re both away games against good teams, and any team can beat everybody in this league.”
Tuesday’s matchup went scoreless for the first half. St. Mary’s (2-5-1 TCAL) pressured West’s goal early in the second half, with goalie Dan Baratta making three saves before the Rams’ Marcus Haro crossed to Matt Case, who made the header shot for the game’s only goal in the 55th minute.
Baratta had three more saves in the second half, and Jose Murillo and Miguel Madruga kept up the pressure on the Rams’ goal with support from Shawn Frisbie and Manuel Lopez, but St. Mary’s was able to get its defense in position quickly to reduce West’s scoring opportunities. Teams waged a battle for control at midfield, with two yellow cards for each team in the second half.
Perry said that West’s missed shots, including a few that bounced off the crossbar, made the difference in the final score.
“I think we had two chances to every one of theirs,” he said. “We dominated, but it just didn’t go our way.”
Before Tuesday, the last time West lost in TCAL play was Oct. 13, 2010, by a 2-1 score at home to St. Mary’s.
Millennium 7, Mountain Oaks 1
Millennium fell in the Central California Athletic Alliance-Mountain Valley League standings this week, but it still has a hold on fourth place in the combined league.
That could be good enough to put the Falcons (14-7-1, 11-3-1 CCAA-MVL) in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division VII playoff bracket.
The latest match was a 7-1 win over the Mountain Oaks Eagles of San Andreas on Wednesday, Oct. 17, at the Tracy Learning Center. David Flores scored two goals for the Falcons, and Nick Yanke, Daniel Gutierrez, Eddie Diaz, Danny Aguayo and Zach Yanke also scored goals for the Falcons.
The win followed a 2-0 loss Monday, Oct. 15, in Stockton to league leader Venture Academy.
Sierra 6, Kimball 2
Teams were tied 2-2 at the half after Kimball’s Noah Aini and Brett Lassiter scored for the Jaguars (2-19-1, 0-10-1 Valley Oak League) on Tuesday, Oct. 16, at Kimball.
Sierra ramped up its offense to pull ahead in the second half and win it, with the Timberwolves’ Nicholas Gonzalez scoring three goals for the night. Kimball goalie Juan Cardenas had 12 saves.
West 3, Tokay 1
The Wolf Pack boys soccer team beat a fast and persistent Tokay High team during TCAL action at West High on Oct. 11.
West scored all its goals in the second half. Senior forward Miguel Madruga broke the stalemate with Tokay (2-4-1 TCAL) in the 54th minute on a penalty kick for a handball in the penalty box by a Tokay defender.
West scored two minutes later when senior Shawn Frisbie inbounded the ball with a flip throw, launching it to the front of the goal where senior Jose Murillo deflected the ball with his head for the goal. A flip throw is when a player generates momentum for a throw-in by somersaulting over the ball.
Tokay scored on a free kick from just outside of the penalty box in the 59th minute by bending the ball over the wall of West defenders and into the goal.
West scored in the 66th minute when Frisbie again reached the goal with a flip throw and Alex Valencia knocked in the ball.
Sonora 3, Kimball 2
The Jaguars lost after holding a 2-1 halftime lead over Sonora on Oct. 11 at Kimball High.
The Wildcats took over in the second half as they shut out the Jaguars (2-18-1, 0-9-1 Valley Oak League) and scored two goals more to take the win.
Kimball scored on a shot from Josh Shuey, assisted by Ryan Chaney. Keegan Coovert also scored for the Jaguars, on a penalty kick.
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