Tracy coach Phil Kalis said that it means Tracy, 3-1-2, must win all of its games and have someone beat Franklin — the Yellowjackets beat the Bulldogs in their first matchup — if Tracy is to take one of two league playoff berths.
The Yellowjackets have yet to face first-place Lodi a second time, and Tracy faces Lodi once more in the last game of the regular season.
In Monday’s game, the Yellowjackets scored both of their goals in the first five minutes, forcing the Bulldogs to play catchup.
Tracy scored eight minutes into the second half as Omar Cardenas brought the ball up to the Franklin goal, got into a tangle of Franklin players in front and, with no shot available, bumped the ball out to midfielder Avneel Naicker.
“I just had to finish it off and kick it in the bottom-left corner,” Naicker said. “That was teamwork.”
He added that after a slow first half, Kalis adjusted Tracy’s game to get the ball on offense more.
Tracy scored again 25 minutes into the half when Cardenas brought the ball up and through a group of defenders. He squeezed the ball past the Franklin goalie, and it rolled just a few inches past the line. Officials ruled it a goal as Franklin players tried to bring the ball back out.
Junior varsity: Tracy 2, Franklin 1
Tracy’s freshman-sophomore team took a 2-1 win over Franklin, with two goals from Juan Valdez in the first half. Tracy’s freshman-sophomore team stands at 3-2-1 in league.
West 4, McNair 0
A win at McNair High on Tuesday put West at 3-4 in the Tri-City Athletic League and 4-5-4 overall.
The Wolf Pack got an early start with a goal three minutes into the first half as Jovanny Suarez scored on a pass from Miguel Flores. He scored again unassisted eight minutes later.
Flores and Suarez teamed up once more for Suarez’s third goal of the day 25 minutes into the game for a 3-0 lead at the half.
In the second half, the Wolf Pack scored again off the foot of Rogelio Fernandez, 20 minutes into the half.
Junior varsity: Kimball 2, Edison 2
The Jaguars (3-3-1) played on West High’s rain-slicked field Monday for a 2-2 tie against the Edison Vikings.
Edison scored in the sixth minute, and Kimball tied the game at 1-1 in the 24th minute with a goal by Tony Martinez, assisted by Justin Hopkins.
The rain stopped for the second half, and the Jaguars scored again in the 54th minute on a long shot by Oscar Munoz, with the assist from Favio Valencia.
Edison tied it up again in the 73rd minute on a corner kick that deflected off a Kimball player and into the goal.
Lodi 3, Tracy 0
Tracy High’s varsity volleyball team finished the first half of the SJAA season with a loss to league leader Lodi on Monday at Tracy High. Tracy now stands at 2-4 in league, with the program’s two wins coming against Franklin.
The Lodi Flames (5-0 SJAA) took a 3-0 win Monday, with set scores of 25-18, 25-17 and 25-18 to finish their first round of league play undefeated.
Tracy’s leaders for the day included Alyssa Ciraulo with five kills, Emily Barwig and Paige Bittner with three kills and two aces each, and Lynsie Zellmer with three kills and an ace. Alexis Farrell had seven assists, Stephanie Silva had four assists and Briana Aldridge contributed six digs.
The sophomore team lost to Lodi 2-0, with scores of 25-23, 25-12. Haley Ochoa and Angela Mariani had four kills each, and Emily Anchartechahar had 10 digs.
The freshman team lost 25-16, 25-21, with Bridget Connolly as Tracy’s top defender at the net and Taylor Roach, Erika Uwaka, Slyssa Sheen and Soriah Saddat all recording kills.
West 3, McNair 0
A win for West High’s volleyball team Tuesday may improve the Wolf Pack’s chances to make playoffs this year. West beat McNair, 3-0, with set scores of 25-9, 25-21, 25-22.
Coach Pete Mullen said the real test will come Thursday, when West goes to Tokay. West beat Tokay 3-1 in their first meeting two weeks ago, and Mullen said a second win could affect the 11th-game matchup at the end of the season.
With West seeded 16th in the Sac-Joaquin Section power ratings, every win is critical. A win against Tokay would pit West against McNair or Stagg, which West has beaten this year, in the last game of the season. A loss would put West up against league leader St. Mary’s in the final game.
Mullen said all of his players got into the game Tuesday. Anise Abraham led the team with 11 kills, nine blocks and two aces. Charae McConnell had 11 kills, Ashleigh Paul and Tiana Franks each had seven kills, Nani Nicanor and Nikki Marquez each had 11 assists, and Briana Smith recorded 30 digs.
West’s sophomores also won, 2-0, with set scores of 25-16, 25-23, and the freshmen won 2-0, with scores of 25-21, 27-25.
Edison 2, Kimball 0
Kimball hosted Edison on Monday, with the sophomore team going playing a close match through the second set but ending with a loss, 25-21, 27-25.
The freshmen won their match in straight games with scores of 25-16, 25-13, with Selena Moran leading at the service line for 11 points and Krista Parker leading at the net.