WATERFORD -- It's been a record-setting season for Waterford High's soccer program.
First came its first Southern League title, then Tuesday the Wildcats pounded Sacramento Waldorf 9-0 to win their first- Sac-Joaquin Section playoff game.
The Wildcats (20-0-3), who also have set a school record for wins in a season, host San Juan (8-7-2) in Thursday's Division VI semifinal. The section final is 10 a.m. Saturday at Lincoln High in Stockton.
Juan Gutierrez and David Alvarez celebrated hat tricks fort he Wildcats. Guiterrez scored 26 seconds into the match, and it was 3-0 after eight minutes.
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The Wildcats controlled the midfield, coach Barry Wixom said, while winning their 12th consecutive match. Carlos Navarette, the section's leading scorer and No. 2 in the state, scored twice to raise his total to 54.
FOREST LAKE CHR. 1, LE GRAND 0, at Auburn -- The Falcons (12-6-5) scored two minutes into the match and the Bulldogs (9-9-2) were unable to answer.
FRANKLIN 4, BUHACH COLONY 2, at Stockton -- Without a football team to root for, Yellowjacket fans turned to Emmanuel Gomez and a quick-strike offense to provide a few postseason thrills.Gomez had a hat trick as the 'Jackets (20-3-1) beat the Thunder (16-3-4) in the quarterfinals.
"This is a really, really big win for us," said coach Edward Rodriguez, noting the school's football program was disbanded last week for massive recruiting violations."Since this black shadow has come over Franklin, (the players) have felt the pressure Everyone's looking at this team now, because it's all we got left."
RIO LINDA 2, MANTECA 1, at Rio Linda -- The Knights (18-1-2) prevailed 4-1 on penalty kicks after tying the Buffaloes (13-4-3) 1-1 in regulation.
PATTERSON 2, RIVERBANK 0, at Patterson -- With two starters on the sideline, one injured and the other being disciplined, Patterson coach Greg Hartsell inserted Avelino Valdavinos into the starting lineup Tuesday.
It was a wise move, as the junior scored twice to lead the Tigers past the Bruins. Patterson (22-4), the Western Athletic Conference champ, will host Trans-Valley League No. 3 Ripon (17-5-2) Thursday at 3.
Valdavinos, with four goals in the regular season, capitalized on passes from Sergio Hinojosa and Rafael Alcauter to score twice in the first half.
Riverbank (14-6-1), which averaged four goals a match and was 9-0-1 in its previous 10 matches, struggled to get the ball near the goal. Patterson's Edgar Martinez needed to make only one save.
RIPON 4, LINDEN 3, at Linden -- After giving up the lead with five minutes left in regulation, the Indians survived overtime to beat the Lions (16-4) on penalty kicks, making four to Linden's three. It was the first-ever playoff trip for Ripon, coach Jamie DeBruyn said, and the Indians rallied from two deficits to take a 3-2 lead on Eric Cavanaugh's goal with 12 minutes left.
ESCALON 2, AMADOR 0, at Escalon -- The TVL champion Cougars (20-3-3) ended a six-year absence from the playoffs by beating the Buffaloes.