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Varsity Soccer Girls Eager To Start Second Season
Escalon goalie Logan LaRossa gathers in the shot by the goal post as an opponent comes in, center, and her defense surrounds her. The varsity Lady Cougars won the Trans-Valley League title and will host a first round playoff game Thursday, May 8. - photo by Marg Jackson/The Times

With a 10-1-1 Trans-Valley League record and the league title in hand, Escalon’s varsity soccer girls will move on to the Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs, hosting a first round game this week.

The squad, going in as the second seed in Division 5 (Central Catholic is the top seed) will host No. 7 Mesa Verde in Thursday afternoon action, May 8 at 3:30 p.m.

Coach Jamie Peoples said the team is anxious to get back on the field, having had some time off from competition with spring break and finishing up their league schedule a couple of weeks ago.

“We are doing intersquad scrimmages, conditioning, trying to mentally prepare for nerves,” Peoples said of getting ready for the postseason. “It has been a while but they are excited and ready.”

Peoples noted that her team had a good goals for vs. goals against ratio this season and will look to use that to their advantage in the first round playoff game as well.

“Mesa Verde finished third in their league behind West Campus and Capital Christian,” said Peoples. “They are 5-6-1. “They scored about 18 goals and allowed about 40.”

If Escalon wins the first round match, they will be back in action on Wednesday, May 14 against the winner of the West Campus (3 seed) and Calaveras (6 seed) first round contest.

On the other side of the bracket, top seed Central Catholic hosts number 8 Ripon on Thursday, while number 4 Bradshaw Christian hosts number 5 Venture Academy.