Tracy High’s soccer team beat its second crosstown rival on Friday, Sept. 13, with a 4-1 win over West High on the Bulldogs’ home field.
The win came a week after Tracy beat Kimball 5-1 on Sept. 6.
“It means a lot to beat our rivals,” Tracy sophomore midfielder Lorenzo Gonzalez said, adding that the Bulldogs (3-2) have learned to work well together in advance of the San Joaquin Athletic Association season, which begins Friday, Sept. 27, with a home game against Franklin.
“We passed the ball quickly and didn’t dribble too much,” Gonzalez said. “We played as a team and we finished when it came down to it.”
It was also the last preleague game for West (0-3-1), which opens the Tri-City Athletic League season at McNair on Thursday, Sept. 26.
Gonzalez scored first on Friday with a goal in the seventh minute, making a one-touch shot on a cross from senior Cristian Ramos.Tracyscored again in the 29th minute on senior Jacob Gonzalez’s shot from the right side with an assist from sophomore Jonathan Marin, making it a 2-0 game at the half.
Tracy’s third goal came in the 45th minute when junior Moises Gonzalez crossed the ball from the right to Adolfo Inguanzo, whose shot was blocked by West goalie Nicolas Carrera. Lorenzo Gonzalez was in position after Carrera’s block to shoot the ball into the right corner of the West goal.
Tracyfreshman Israel Olibares scored in the 65th minute, speeding past a West defender and shooting into the left side of the goal.
West put pressure onTracy’s goal at the end. Senior Antonio Reyes took a corner kick from the right, but the ball bounced off the left post and was cleared by aTracydefender.
West did score in the 75th minute, when senior Javier Rios crossed the ball to sophomore Ahmad Samady, who headed the ball into the net.
Sonora 3, Kimball 2
A flurry of second-half penalties were the Jaguars’ undoing in a 3-2 loss at home to the Sonora Wildcats in Valley Oak League play.
Kimball (2-8, 0-2 VOL) had a 2-0 lead, with senior Brett Lassiter taking the ball up the field to score in the 14th minute, and junior Keegan Coovert scoring in the 21st minute on a penalty kick.Sonorascored on a free kick in the 24th minute to make it a 2-1 game at the half.
Foul calls wentSonora’s way at the end of the second half, resulting in four yellow cards for Kimball players. The Wildcats (5-3, 1-0 VOL) scored in the 75th minute on a header off of a free kick, and the Wildcats scored another in the 79th minute on a direct free kick from about 40 yards out.
The Jaguars started their Valley Oak League season with a 3-0 loss to the visiting Weston Ranch Cougars on Tuesday, Sept. 17. Weston Ranch (9-1-1, 1-0 VOL)) scored in the 63rd minute, the 68th minute and the 34th minute. Kimball senior goal keeper Oscar Jimenez had 11 saves, and freshman Tristen Power also made a save after the Cougars drew Jimenez out of position and took a shot.
Venture Academy 5, Millennium 2
The Millennium defense gave the Venture Academy Mustang offense an early advantage in the Falcons’ 5-2 loss at home on Tuesday, Sept. 17.
Millennium coachDominic Figueroasaid the Falcons (1-5-1), scored the first two shots in their own goal in the seventh and 20th minute. Both times the Millennium players knocked the ball in while trying to take control of the ball during the Mustangs’ attacks.VentureAcademy(6-0) scored one more in the first half to take a 3-0 lead.
The Mustangs scored another midway through the second half, and the Falcons got a break when junior Eddie Diaz scored on a penalty kick.VentureAcademyscored a minute later, and Millennium scored one more when sophomore Nick Yanke scored on a pass from Diaz.
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