For the fifth year in a row the Tracy High girls soccer team has finished the regular season as champions of the San Joaquin Athletic Association.
The Bulldogs (15-4-1, 7-2-1 SJAA) got their needed win on Thursday, 8-0 over visiting Bear Creek in Wayne Schneider Stadium. Prior to Thursday’s game there was still a chance that Lodi, Tracy’s strongest SJAA rival and co-champion in 2011 and 2010, could take the title. Lodi finished the season at 6-3-1 in the SJAA after tying 3-3 with Lincoln on Thursday.
Coach Nate Perry said that while the team had a better league record last year, it’s one of the best overall seasons for the Bulldogs.
“They’re one of the more mature groups I’ve had,” Perry said. “They know how to have fun but know when to dial it back and be mature and know when it’s business time.”
“How they’ve stuck together and kept fighting and focused really shows that we can put together a good playoff run.”
Senior Cailie Chayrez, who was also on the varsity team in her freshman and sophomore years, said her team is ready for the next level of competition.
“We all have good opponents, but playoffs is the time to get serious,” she said. “Everyone is serious there.”
Playoffs begin on Tuesday, May 6. Tracy opens at home against an opponent to be announced.
Tracy was in control of Thursday’s game from the start and were relentless on offense.
Tracy scored in the second minute when senior Daesha Brown headed in a cross from senior Kellie Brooks. Tracy scored in the 15th minute as senior Dallyce Marglon scored on a throw-in from Brown. Junior Hunter Wells scored on a shot from about 25 yards out in the 26th minute.
Senior Kelly Brooks scored her 50th goal as a Tracy player when she outmaneuvered the Bear Creek defense for a clear shot in the 38th minute, and scored her 51st goal six minutes into the second half, again working her way past the Bruin defenders to create her scoring opportunity.
Chayrez scored on a pass from Brooks in the 55th minute, Wells scored on a shot up the middle in the 65th minute, and senior Jill Finney scored on a pass from Brown in the 77th minute.
Tracy’s junior varsity team also finished as league champions with a 19-0-1 record, 9-0-1 in the SJAA. Tracy’s 10-0 win over Bear Creek included two goals each for Angelica Gonzalez and Sammy Caro, and goals for Araceli Bernitez, Rachelle Buske, Sophia Munoz, Christina Suarez, Zena Basma and Jazmyn Byrd.
The JV team went undefeated in league play for the seventh season in a row, and undefeated overall for the fourth straight season. A 0-0 tie with Lodi on March 27 broke the team’s 70-game winning streak in SJAA play.
Three more local soccer teams begin playoffs next week. Millennium (13-1-2, 13-1 Central California Athletic Alliance) is co-champion with Venture Academy of Stockton and the top seed from the CCAA after winning a coin toss. The Falcons open playoffs at home on Thursday, May 8.
Kimball (12-4, 11-3 Valley Oak League) is second-place in the VOL and has yet to learn if the Jaguars open at home or away on Tuesday. West (5-6-3, 4-4-2 Tri-City Athletic League) was third in the TCAL and will open playoffs on the road Tuesday. Delta Charter (3-10-1 CCAA) finished its season in sixth place in league.
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