Tracy High’s girls soccer team got a key San Joaquin Athletic Association win on Thursday, 4-0 at home over Lodi.
Tracy (9-2, 2-0 SJAA) has been league champion for four years in a row, but twice has had to share that league title with Lodi (4-4-3, 1-1 SJAA), so a win over the Flames in the first round of league play gives Tracy the advantage in the quest for a fifth straight league title.
“(Lodi is) a dangerous team and our girls came out today focused and played at a highest level I’ve seen them play,” Tracy coach Nate Perry said. “They’re on a roll and if they keep playing like that I don’t think anyone can keep up with us.”
Lodi kept up the pressure on the Tracy goal at the start, but in the 22nd minute the Bulldogs took the advantage on junior Hunter Wells’ goal on a throw-in from senior Daesha Brown. Tracy scored again in the 38th minute when senior Cailie Chayrez curved a shot just inside the left post, Brown again getting the assist.
“It’s a big win for us because Lodi is one of the better teams in our league. It’s good that we can keep first place in league,” Well said.
“We had to keep our intensity really high and play good together as a team.”
Tracy scored in the 58th minutes on senior Dallyce Marglon’s header shot on a corner kick from Chayrez, and in the 70th minute Brown brought the ball up the left side and passed to sophomore Ashley Hallen, who scored Tracy’s fourth goal.
Tracy’s junior varsity team saw its SJAA winning streak come to an end on Thursday with a 0-0 tie to Lodi. It was a 70-game winning streak in SJAA play, and the Tracy freshman-sophomore girls, under the coaching of Phil Kalis, still haven’t been beat since their first league game of the 2007 season, a 2-1 loss to Lincoln.
Kimball 1, Sierra 0
The Jaguars (4-2, 3-1 Valley Oak League) claimed a win at home on Thursday over Sierra High. Juniors Cynthia Soto and Abby Dyer teamed up to get the ball to sophomore Samantha Tran, who scored the game’s only goal in the 32nd minute. Both teams kept up the offensive pressure through the second half, with seven saves for Kimball freshman goalkeeper Amanda Leal and seven saves for Sierra’s goalie.
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