STOCKTON -- The Beyer High girls soccer team lacked offense, but not passion, in its Sac-Joaquin Section Division I quarterfinal.
The Patriots' season ended with a fight and a loss to Lincoln, 2-0 at Alex G. Spanos Stadium on Tuesday.
One player from each team received a red card after both teams had to be pulled apart at midfield in the final two minutes.
The Trojans will be without Tailer Jones, who scored the game-winner with about 15 minutes remaining, when they face Turlock on Thursday. The Bulldogs defeated St. Mary's 3-0.
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Beyer's ejected player, Emily Martin, said she tried to walk away from a fight after she and Jones got tangled up with about four minutes left at the end of the field near Lincoln's sideline. She felt like she was pursued and was forced to retaliate soon after Alex Matthews scored on a penalty kick with two minutes to play.
Coaches on both sides agreed that the physical play and "trash talk" that had carried on throughout the game escalated after Lincoln scored its first goal. The result was a brawl at midfield with Jones and Martin in the middle.
"I felt like she was standing up for her teammates," Beyer coach Stuart Kaplan said of Martin. "(Jones) had already antagonized her earlier. The ref turned his back at the start. It could have been stopped well in advance.
"I'm not condoning any of that, it's not right and it doesn't look good for the school, but I'm not upset with her. She tried to be the bigger person."
Lincoln (15-2-4) kept Beyer's leading scorers from getting near the net. Trojans coach Brian Moran credited Alexandra Ruhl and Aubrey Sharp for defending Jennie Marshall and Ebie Harris. The players combined to score 75 goals for the Patriots (23-3-1) this year, and were a big reason Kaplan described the team as one of the best he's ever coached.
"Even the best thoroughbreds get tired," Kaplan said. "It was a very long season. Lincoln is a very good team with very good ball control. I thought we matched up with them very well. Unfortunately we had a miscue (on Jones' goal)."
TURLOCK 3, ST. MARY'S 0, at Stockton -- Lauren Smith scored and had an assist, and the Bulldogs (18-3-2) earned their first win over the Rams.
SONORA 7, CENTER 0, at Sonora -- Lexi Kopf scored four goals to lead the Wildcats (24-2-2) in a rout of the Cougars. Kopf has scored 35 goals this season and 127 for her career, which will have at least one more game when Sonora hosts Dixon on Thursday. Sonora goalkeeper Bekah Garvin recorded her section-best 21st shutout.
COLFAX 4, OAKDALE 1, at Colfax -- Ashley Rosa scored the only Oakdale goal in the first girls soccer playoff game in school history. The Mustangs end the season 12-8-3.
WEST CAMPUS 2, SIERRA 1, at Sacramento -- Nicole Vanni's first-half goal was all the Timberwolves (20-6-1) could score in their season finale, a loss to the Warriors.
RIPON 6, CALAVERAS 1, at Ripon -- Ranae McFadden scored four goals to help the Indians (20-4-1) rout the Redskins (11-13-4) and reach 20 victories for the second consecutive season. The win sets up a Ripon-Hilmar second-round match in Ripon on Thursday. The two teams met in last season's section final, won 1-0 by the Yellowjackets.
HILMAR 4, BRET HARTE 0, at Hilmar -- Tiffany Castro had her second two-goal game of the season to help the Yellowjackets (22-4-2) defeat the Bullfrogs (12-8-3). Castro's second goal, midway through the first half off a touch pass from Haylee Bettencourt, was fired from 25 yards out into the right corner.
LINDEN 5, MODESTO CHR. 2, at Linden -- Nicole Martinez scored twice and had an assist to lead the Lions (16-5) past the Crusaders (13-8-2).
CENTRAL CATHOLIC 3, HUGHSON 1, at Central -- Stephanie Manseau had two assists, and three different Raiders (19-5-2) scored in the win over the Huskies (13-5-1).
LE GRAND 3, VACAVILLE CHR. 0, at Le Grand -- Denise Lopez had a hand in all of the Bulldogs' scores. Lopez had two goals and an assist in the victory over the Falcons.
Bee staff contributed to this report.