The Tracy High soccer team had to shut down San Joaquin Athletic Alliance leader Lincoln’s offense on Wednesday, Oct. 23, in order to stay in the running for the Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs.
It turned out that neither team got many scoring opportunities, and Tracy coach Phil Kalis said that was good enough to get the Bulldogs (7-4-2, 4-2-2 SJAA) the 1-0 win at home.
Tracy took an early lead when sophomore Lorenzo Gonzalez passed up to junior Moises Gonzalez, who got past the Lincoln goalkeeper for a one-touch shot into the goal.
After that it was mostly a hard-fought contest at midfield for control of the ball. Lincoln (13-5-5, 7-1 SJAA) had only three shots on goal, including a close shot directly at Tracy sophomore goalie Jacob Pranke with less than two minutes left.
"We defended with heart today," Kalis said, crediting Pranke for preserving the shutout. Pranke said it was also satisfying to hand Lincoln its first league loss of the season.
"It was a great win," he said. "We beat the undefeated team."
Coach Phil Kalis added that it was a good confidence boost going into the Bulldogs’ last two regular season games, Friday, Oct. 25 at home against Chavez and Wednesday, Oct. 30, at home against Bear Creek.
Kalis added that it was good to bounce back after a 5-2 loss at Lodi on Friday, Oct 18. Lorenzo Gonzalez scored both of Tracy’s goals in that contest.
Millennium 6, Sierra Ridge-Rite of Passage 2
The Falcons strengthened their hold on first place in the Central California Athletic Alliance with a 6-2 win on Wednesday, Oct. 23, in San Andreas.
Scoring three goals each for the Falcons (9-7-2, 6-1 CCAA) were sophomore Nick Yanke and senior Daniel Gutierrez. Yanke also had an assist, Taha Sharifi had two assists, and junior Eddie Diaz had an assist.
The win come right after an 8-0 win at Elliot Christian in Lodi. Gutierrez and junior Elham Chopin scored two goals each, and Yanke, Sharifi, sophomore Dela Acolatse and senior Eddie Romero scored one each.
Kimball 2, Sierra 1
The Kimball boys soccer team may be out of playoff contention, but they can still play spoiler as other teams strive for a favorable position going into the Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs. On Tuesday, Oct. 22, the Jaguars (5-14, 3-8 VOL) Claimed a 2-1 win over visiting Sierra (9-6-4, 5-3-3 VOL), which is competing with Manteca for second place in the league.
Kimball sophomore midfileder Noah Aini scored in the sixth minute and was critical in keeping Sierra’s best offensive players away from the Kimball goal through the first half. Sierra scored four minutes into the second half to tie it up.
Kimball took the lead back with two minutes left on a goal for senior Brett Lassiter, assisted by Ashkan Behnam. Senior goalie Oscar Jimenez had seven saves.
The victory follows Kimball’s 4-0 loss at Manteca on Oct. 17.
St. Mary’s 1, West 0
West High’s boys soccer team (1-9-2, 1-6-1 TCAL) fell to St. Mary’s, 1-0, in Stockton on Tuesday, Oct. 22. It follows another loss, 4-1 to Tokay on Oct. 17 in Lodi.
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