It took a little while — namely, a game — but the Tracy High girls soccer team has finally found some scoring in San Joaquin Athletic Association play.
The Bulldogs improved to 1-1 in league play and 3-4 on the year with a 4-0 win over Bear Creek at the West High soccer fields, thanks to two goals from Andrea Garcia and single strikes from sophomore Katelyn Golik and senior captain Amanda Torretto.
Garcia’s first goal was the only of the first half, as the Bulldogs waited until later on to decide the game, despite controlling the tempo. And, it might not have been intentional.
“The thing of it is, it took us a while (to get going),” Tracy coach Joe Perry said. “We totally outplayed them; we played a lot better in the second half when we got tired and decided to start passing the ball around.”
Nicole Parks-Powell assisted on the first goal, and Golik and Courtney Serrato provided the final two assists.
Heidi Holderness needed to make only four saves in net to record the shutout, the first in Tracy’s league season. Andrea Uchiyama provided her support from the sweeper position.
Perry said the Bulldogs’ practice field, sporting thick, lush grass as opposed to the more barren turf of the playing field, is becoming an issue. Players aren’t used to making crisp passes in the thick grass, and thereby don’t pass as much as they might need to in games.
On Friday, the Bulldogs will face Chavez before visiting Lodi next Wednesday in a crucial matchup.
(JV) Tracy 11, Bear Creek 0
A scoring flurry gave the Bullpups (2-0 SJAA, 5-2) yet another win in league.
Melissa Worthington scored three goals in succession for a hat trick, and Samantha Warren, Monica Guinn, Laura Yanke, Danielle Stepanoff, Ashley Jones, Alyssa Ciraulo, Ashley Artega and Jordan Sartor all scored goals of their own. Artega, Warren, Taryn Jones and Megan Glasare provided assists.
Tracy vs. Liberty, scrimmage
No team scores were kept when the Tracy track and field team visited Brentwood, but the runners, jumpers and throwers all kept notice of their individual numbers.
On an off-day from tennis, Quinn O’Brien — the No. 2 singles player — ran to a new personal record in the 1600 meters, finishing the mile race in 4 minutes, 46 seconds. Tracy coach Jay Fishburn said he expects the junior to threaten the 4:30 barrier by season’s end.
He also ran a 2:10 in the oft-grueling 800 meters.
“That was the first time he ever ran that,” Fishburn said. “He did really well.”
Freshman Depray Celestine ran the 100 meters in 11.34 to win the event. He came in just ahead of senior Brian Ramsey, who finished in 11.40. For Ramsey, it was the first time running the 100 after breaking his hip in a freak incident during a 100 meter race two years ago.
Ramsey won the pole vault event, vaulting to a new official personal record of 14 feet, four inches, two inches short of the school record, and fellow jumpers Kyle Pineo and Stephen Lytle both made heights, Pineo at 12 feet, 3 inches and Lytle at 11 feet, 9 inches.
Marlene MacMillan and Jazmyn Robinson both ran well in the frosh-soph 100 meters, coming in 1-2, and Ciaesha Poole and Caitlin Gilliam came in 1-2 in the shot put and the discus, respectively.
Frosh-soph pole vaulter Nicole Loskavio made a height for the first time, clearing six feet, nine inches.