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Two Wins, Two Losses For Varsity Soccer Girls
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Going 2-2 in the weekend Amador/Argonaut Tournament, Escalon's varsity soccer girls came away with fourth place, winning both games on Friday but taking two hard luck losses on Saturday, March 6.

On Friday, the girls started the tournament off against Calaveras and earned a 2-0 win. Melanie Winkler got a goal off an assist from Aracely Gallo and Sierra Duran put the other goal in, unassisted. Goalie Autumn Andersen had six saves on the day.

Game two on Friday was against tournament co-host Argonaut and the squad battled to a 3-2 win.

"Alex Gonzales, Taylor Morrow and Kara McKee each had a goal," noted coach Jamie Peoples. "Taylor had an assist, Kara also had an assist and Katie San Julian had an assist."

Andersen made seven saves in goal to help secure the win.

Heading into the Saturday competition at a perfect 2-0 for the tourney, the girls squared off first with Modesto Christian and came out on the wrong end of a 4-2 score.

"This was a well fought game," Peoples said.

Modesto Christian capitalized on a couple of questionable calls by the refs, the coach added, converting on a penalty kick and a free kick right outside the box, giving them the 2-goal edge in the final score.

Escalon got both its goals from Winkler, with one assisted by Duran and the other by McKee.

Peoples said she felt the teams were evenly matched and she's glad her team will get the chance to face in league play later on, when they will be looking for some revenge when it counts.

In the consolation game against Amador, the girls fell behind 3-0 in the first half and battled back but fell just short, 3-2, to settle for fourth place.

"We had at least 20 shots and half of them either hit the post, the crossbar or went just wide," Peoples said of coming just-this-close to netting the equalizer.

San Julian and Gonzales found the net for Escalon, with two assists from Angela Franklin and one from Gabby Gomez.

"Those girls fought so hard that game," Peoples said, pleased with the effort and the ability to come from behind. "Amador's three goals came on tiny mistakes on defense."

Escalon controlled the flow of the game but seemed to be shooting at a goal protected by plastic wrap, able to get two to go in but no more.

Still, Peoples said the weekend was a success, with the girls getting some quality playing time.

"They should be proud of their effort," she said.

The girls are scheduled to host Calaveras today, Wednesday, March 10 in the preseason finale. They open Trans-Valley League play on the road Tuesday, March 16 at Ripon Christian.