Closing out an up and down season, Escalon’s varsity Lady Cougars soccer team lost one and tied one in their final week of action.
The varsity squad hosted Hughson in their last home game on Tuesday, May 3 and honored their graduating seniors but fell in the contest to the visiting Lady Huskies. The final was a 6-1 loss for the host Escalon squad. Scoring the goal was Vanessa Kualapai with an assist from Veronica Grajeda. Sarah Leal had four saves in net, Shelby McCune had two.
They went out on the road for their season finale on Thursday, May 5 and battled to a 2-2 tie with host Hilmar. Kualapai notched a goal on a Madison Kindberg assist, Alondra Martinez had a goal on a Jazzy Smith assist. Leal had four assists. The last game tie left the varsity girls with a 5-5-2 record in the Trans-Valley League and they missed qualifying for the playoffs. During the season, the Lady Cougars defeated Riverbank and Mountain House two times each and topped Hilmar once. They lost two times to both Ripon and Hughson, once to Modesto Christian. Ties came against Hilmar and Modesto Christian. Going on to represent the Trans-Valley League in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division V playoffs are Ripon (first place, 11-1); Modesto Christian (second, 9-2-1) and Hilmar (third, 6-4-2). Escalon compiled a 6-8-2 overall record for the season.
Winning their final game of the campaign, the JV girls went on the road and took a 4-2 decision off the field on Thursday, May 5 against Hilmar.
“Alexa Gomez scored three goals, Katie Erazo scored a goal with an assist from Emily McPherrin,” said head coach Jennifer Schmidt. “Daisy Camacho had a great game playing sweeper for us. Lily Franks made some great saves as our goalie, she really stepped up for our team this year.”
Earlier in the week, they topped Hughson and with the pair of wins, improved to an 8-1-1 mark in Trans-Valley League play, winning the championship. They went 8-5-1 overall and in league play, the only blemishes on their record came from Riverbank, a team they tied once and lost to once.