Tracy High coach Phil Kalis said both teams both teams matched up very close.
“It was a well played game, our league is very balanced this year,” Kalis said.” I think any team can beat any other team on any day, it’s pretty fun because every game feels like a playoff.”
The Bulldogs (4-2-1, 1-0-1 SJAA) took a 2-1 lead into halftime against the Flames (6-3-2, 0-1-1) with goals by junior Moises Gonzalez at 28 minutes into the game and senior Jacob Gonzalez at the 34 minute mark.
Starting goalie Jacob Pranke had to leave the game in the first half with a cut above his eye putting sophomore Bryce Keeny in the goal.
“Bryce did great, he came in and made great decisions and played within himself, Kalis said.
Tracy’s lead slipped away in the second half as the Flames pressured the Tracy goal, scoring on a corner kick to tie the game2-2.
“Lodi really dominated the first 25 minutes of the second half and we were just hanging on for dear life,” Kalis said.
Tracy tried to keep pace with Lodi and a series of scoring opportunities off corner kicks near the end of the second half missed wide of the net to end the game 2-2.
Junior midfielder Angelo Alejandre said it was a challenge to keep up with Lodi’s pace.
“Lodi was pressuring, we had all 11 men behind the ball trying to keep it out of the net,” Alejandre said. “At home you always want to get the three points, it was hard fought game and everyone played really well.”
Senior Christian Ramos said the game changed when Lodi stepped up the offensive pressure in the second half.
“We played better in the first half, we were up 2-1 then they stiffened up in the second half. We counterattacked well as a team but Lodi is really fast,” Ramos said.
The Bulldogs next game is against Lincoln High (8-4-5, 2-0) and will be played at the University of the Pacific in Stockton.
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