Kimball put a damper on East Union’s senior night Wednesday.
The Jaguars from Tracy also may have ruined EU’s chance at claiming a piece of the Valley Oak League championship after holding on for a 3-3 draw at Dino Cunial Field.
East Union (8-1-1 VOL, 14-2-2 overall) remains in second place behind reigning champion Sierra but needs some help to overtake the Timberwolves, who end the regular season next week with the Lancers at home Monday and last-place Weston Ranch two days later.
“This is not the outcome that we wanted,” East Union coach Carlos Gaspar said. “We had opportunities throughout. Today was our senior night but no excuses. We lost it in the middle of the field and we have to be first to the ball. We did not put any pressure on them.”
Kimball (3-4-4, 6-8-6) wasn’t just looking to play spoiler, as it is locked in a tight race with and Oakdale for the final two of four available Sac-Joaquin Section postseason berths. The Jaguars started with more urgency and took a 2-0 lead in the first half.
East Union came back twice to tie it but never led, getting a direct-kick goal and an assist from Taylor Campbell. Jasmine Mejia got the Lancers on the board with her team-leading 29th goal for the season. Mariana Huizar later set up Hailey Sims’ goal with a through ball.
East Union missed several good scoring opportunities, but so did Kimball. Gaspar praised the effort of sophomore goalie Malia Allen, who recorded five saves.
“She kept us in the game,” he said.
Sierra 8, Central Catholic 0
MODESTO — The Timberwolves (10-0, 22-2-1) are within reach of their third consecutive VOL crown after clobbering Central Catholic (2-7-2, 2-13-2).
Led by Tiana Cello’s two goals and two assists, Sierra had five different goal scorers and five different keepers contribute in the shutout. Callie Crain and Juliana Rodriguez each had a goal and an assist and were part of the revolving door of goalies.
Kaitlyn Berdiago, Yasmine Ballew and Annalise Paule each scored once. Sierra was also aided by an own goal.
Lathrop 6, Grace Davis 0
LATHROP — The march to its first-ever playoff appearance continued with yet another impressive performance from junior striker Kassandra Ceja, who netted five goals in eight shot attempts.
“Kassandra is playing out of her mind,” Lathrop coach Jose Montes said. “She’s scoring goals left and right and making it look easy. Everybody else is getting comfortable in their positions so it’s coming together at the right time.”
Kayla DeAnda accounted for the other goal and assisted two others. Emmi Arauzo also had two assists, while Cydney Garcia and Isa Paniagua chipped in one each.
Lathrop (9-3, 9-7-1 overall) is solidly in third place in the Western Athletic Conference and needs to finish in the top three to advance. The Spartans’ final two regular-season contests are against Los Banos and Mountain House next week.