Bulldogs take charge, Jaguars falter in playoff openers
by Bob Brownne
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Soccer playoffs
Tracy High’s Iris Cruz (left) and Kourtney Merkt try to take the ball away from a Del Campo player on Tuesday, May 7, at Tracy High. Tracy High beat Del Campo 5-1 to advance to the next round of playoffs.  Photo courtesy of Wayne Thallander
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Set-play perfection paid off for the Tracy High girls soccer team Tuesday, May 7, in a 5-1 victory in the first round of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division II playoffs.

The Bulldogs scored three of their goals against the Del Campo Cougars of Fair Oaks by executing throw-in and corner kick plays just as they drew them up in practice.

Coach Nate Perry praised his team’s attention to detail leading up to the home game.

“They really paid attention in practice and executed the small things that make a difference in playoffs,” he said.

The win set up Tracy (13-5-2, 8-0-2 San Joaquin Athletic Association) to play Cosumnes Oaks of Elk Grove (10-4-3, 7-3-2 Sierra Valley Conference) at home Thursday, May 9, in the second round.

Scores of that game were not available as of press time.

In Tuesday’s contest, Tracy senior Katelyn Crone scored in the 22nd minute after a series of passes.

Del Campo tied it up in the 39th minute, but Tracy retook the lead in the 46th minute when senior Kellie Piazza sent a free kick to junior midfielder Daesha Brown, who made the shot.

A minute later, Brown made a throw-in from the right to freshman Iris Cruz, who dashed into position on the left side of the goal in time to kick the ball into the net.

“When he (Perry) told me to get the back post, I did as I was told and I was a little scared on that,” Cruz said. “I took an extra touch on it just to make sure it went in.”

Crone was injured on a similar play two minutes later when she collided with Del Campo defenders and took a cleat to the forehead. She walked off the field, but Perry said she required stitches and would need a doctor’s clearance to play Thursday.

Sophomore Jenna Wesely scored in the 52nd minute off a free kick from senior Kellie Piazza, adding to the Bulldogs’ cushion.

Senior Ghoncheh Azadeh made it a 5-1 game when she made a shot after collecting a ball deflected by Brown.

Cosumnes Oaks 1, Kimball 0

The previously unbeaten Kimball girls soccer team met its match Tuesday, May 7, losing to the visiting Cosumnes Oaks Wolfpack.

The loss ends Kimball’s season after the Jaguars (21-1-1, 13-0-1 Valley Oak League) won the VOL title and entered the Division II playoffs as the No. 3 seed.

No. 14 seed Cosumnes Oaks pursued the ball relentlessly and controlled midfield to keep the Jaguars in check.

Kimball kept up the offensive pressure for most of the first half, but the Jaguars were plagued by missed shots — of nine shots that just missed the goal, one bounced off the crossbar and another hit the left post. Seven more were blocked.

“All year long we’ve been able to get by that by finally putting it in the net,” said Kimball coach Ron Hattley. “Our players did a good job of attacking them, but our finishing wasn’t there.”

The game was scoreless well into the second half, but Wolfpack sophomore Areil Klink broke through on a shot up the middle in the 72nd minute.

Kimball senior defender Marissa Paz said Cosumnes Oaks turned out to be much tougher than she or her teammates expected.

But she hoped Kimball can build on its league championship and first trip to playoffs when younger players return for the 2013 season.

“I’m proud of my team for what they did,” Paz said. “We made it this far, and it’s our first loss.”

• Contact Bob Brownne at 830-4227 or brownne@tracypress.com.
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