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High schools: Tigers upend Lodi for first TCAL girls soccer win since 2019

Jan. 24—The second meeting between Lodi and Tokay's girls soccer teams didn't go the same way as the first. In fact, it didn't go the same way as any league game has gone for Tokay the past few years.

Tokay defeated Lodi 4-1 at Hubbard Field, ending an eight-game winless streak this season, while also ending the team's winless streak in the Tri-City Athletic League that stretched back to 2019.

"The environment that was set for last night — against Lodi High, senior night, Tokay has not won a league game in three years, they've broken a huge losing streak with their win last night," said Tokay coach Carl Wohl. "They were pretty amped."

Since beating Lodi 2-0 on Feb. 4, 2019, the Tigers went 0-33-3 in TCAL play. Tuesday's win put Tokay at 1-5-1 in league play, and 6-8-5 overall. Lodi is 13-5-2 overall, 2-4-1 in the TCAL.

"They were pretty excited, last Thursday we tied Tracy in a 3-3 tie, so they really started to realize that hey, we can do this, and believe, which is a great thing," Wohl said. "And they pulled together."

Lodi scored first in the fifth minute, an Aubrey Anderson goal with a Jocelyn Maldonado assist.

Tokay responded, scoring twice in the first half, and adding two more after the break while outshooting Lodi 12-5. Jaden Hiers scored twice for Tokay on three shots, and added a pair of assits. Olivia Cortez scored a goal on two shots, and Natalia Silva scored the final goal on her only shot. Nena Guzman and Gabby Gonzalez each tallied an assist, and the Tigers' offense spread out with five players taking shots.

Tokay goalkeeper Hannah Dickinson, in her first full game back from injury, notched three saves.

Before the game, the teams worked together for a moment of respect. It was senior night for Tokay, but one senior, Adriana Ochoa, was out with an ACL injury. Lodi coach conceded the coin toss to give Tokay the kickoff, allowing Ochoa to be on the field, before taking a knee to sub her out.

"So we started all seven seniors last night," Wohl said. "With the weight of a game and the magnitude of it, still acknowledging and honoring the seniors where we can was nice."

The loss dropped Lodi into fourth place in the TCAL, still in a good spot for the playoffs since the league sends four teams.

For Tokay, the team has emphasized that it is building the program this year, setting the foundation for the future. And Tuesday's victory was a key moment.

"The JV played well last night, I believe they tied," Wohl said. "Just getting that feeling of success even though you might lose a game, but to come through, and these girls come together, against Lodi, the hometown rival, I think ten-folds the importance and validation of building a program, and the 360 degrees of everybody believing and moving in the same direction."

Tokay is back in action Thursday with a home game against West, and Lodi plays at St. Mary's.