Roach’s four goals against visiting Chavez High on Tuesday, April 23, led the Bulldogs (10-5-2, 6-0-2 SJAA) in their last home game of the regular season to a 7-0 win against the visiting Titans (2-4-2 SJAA).
Tracy played at Bear Creek after press time on Thursday, April 25, and played its last league game at Chavez on Friday, April 26.
“We’re finishing on top, which is nice,” Roach said. “Preseason wasn’t looking too good, but now we’re doing well.”
Coach Nate Perry said that second-place Lodi (4-2-2 SJAA), which Tracy has beat once and tied once, could tie for first in league if Lodi wins its last two games and Tracy loses its last two.
Roach scored first for Tracy in the 25th minute on Tuesday, and three times in the second half, including the team’s final score of the day.
The Bulldogs also received goals from seniors Ghoncheh Azadeh, Kaitlyn Crone and Kourtney Merkt.
JV continues winning streak
The Tracy High junior varsity girls soccer team won its last home game of the season 11-0 over Chavez to extend its winning streak to 67 consecutive San Joaquin Athletic Association games.
A win Thursday, April 25, at Bear Creek and Friday, April 26, at Chavez would give the JV team its sixth consecutive 10-0 league season, and its third consecutive 19-0 season overall.
Results of Thursday’s game were not available at press time.
Tracy sophomore Hunter Wells said that the team’s toughest competition this year was in the Sierra High Tournament the second week of March, when the Bulldogs won four games to win the JV division of the tournament.
Sophomore Ale Rodriguez added that other league and non-league rivals put the team to the test.
“We don’t want to lose our legacy,” Rodriguez said. “Going into the St. Mary’s, Lincoln and Lodi games, there’s definitely pressure. We just made sure everyone was focused and kept the streak going.”
Kimball 1, East Union 1
Kimball senior Adaurie Dayak’s last-minute goal on Tuesday, April 23, saved the Jaguar girls soccer team from falling into second place in the Valley Oak League.
But the VOL defending champion East Union Lancers still stopped Kimball’s winning streak at Don Nicholson Stadium.
East Union (16-1-2, 9-1-2 VOL) took a 1-0 lead in the 33rd minute. Kimball took 22 shots, but none made it into the goal until there was less than a minute left.
Sophomore Taylah Nusser passed the ball up the left side to Dayak, who shot the ball just to the right of the East Union goal keeper.
Dayak said even as she got in position to make the shot, she worried that Kimball’s time was up.
“(I thought) this is it,” she said. “This is our last chance, and I’ve got to finish this.”
Kimball defeated Sierra on April 18 in Manteca, with goals from Dayak, Elizabeth Dawson, Abby Dyer and Amber Lennier.
St. Mary’s 10, West 1
The St. Mary’s Rams (19-4-2, 9-0 Tri-City Athletic League) continued their dominance Friday, April 19, with a 10-1 win over the Wolf Pack (4-9, 3-5) at West High.
Sophomore Natalia Bijak scored for the Wolf Pack in the second half.
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