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Manteca wins  Buffalo Cups in shootout

Freshman Jocelyn Reyes (9) and other members of the Manteca girls soccer team including Aviagail Mayen, Katie Lock, Harleen Pabla and Natalia Duran rush sophomore goalie Jasmine Basuil, center, af...

JOHN-JOEL GRIFFITHS/The Bulletin/


POSTED March 9, 2014 10:52 p.m.

Jasmine Basuil made a veteran-like save during Saturday’s penalty-kick shootout against Valley Oak League rival Oakdale at Guss Schmeidt Field.

Manteca’s sophomore goalkeeper delivered a diving save against Oakdale senior Christina Bradshaw that eventually propelled the home team to its third Buffalo Cup Tournament title in six years after a 1-0 victory that was decided in a 4-1 shootout.

“We spent about 30 minutes working on PKs Thursday,” Manteca head coach Justin Coenenberg said. “We knew our order coming in and we were set in case it happened. The girls did a good job. They were prepared and did well.”

The contest was shortened up to two 30 minute halves because of injuries and being the second game of a double-header. The match finished in a 0-0 tie after 60 minutes despite several shots on goal and eight in the final 20 minutes.

Manteca (6-0) sophomore Leah Manuleleua had three scoring opportunities in the final third of the match and ended up scoring the first of the Buffaloes’ four PKs. Manteca sophomore Katie Lock had a chance to score the game-winning goal after attempting a header in traffic in the 49th minute.

During the play, Oakdale senior goalie Hannah Hanko suffered an injury and was replaced by junior Mackenzie Weiglein for the final 10 minutes and the shootout.

The Buffaloes outshot Oakdale (0-2-1) 7-1 in the final 10 minutes, and Basuil made a respectable save in the final 59th minute that preserved the tie.

Manteca junior Avigail Mayen attempted the final shot in stoppage time. She also scored the third goal that made it 3-1 in the shootout.

“It wasn’t the prettiest looking final on both sides,” Coenenberg said. “We were a little banged up, but both sides battled. We definitely had some opportunities.”

Manteca sophomore Ivy Benson, one of six sophomores on a team that also features four freshmen, also attempted a shot on goal that was denied by Weiglein in the final minutes.

“We’re a really young team, but I’m still excited,” Coenenberg added. “We’re learning, developing and improving every game. I’m excited about our future.”

In the shootout, after Oakdale tied it 1-1 with a goal from Alexis Halsey, Manteca freshman Jocelyn Reyes made it 2-1.

Basuil dove left and denied Bradshaw from tying it on the next shot, and then Mayen created the two-goal cushion on the following Manteca shot.

Oakdale’s Denise Thompson then missed wide right, which was followed by Manteca senior Harleen Pabla sealing it by beating the Mustangs’ keeper to the bottom-right shelf.

Manteca’s defense didn’t give up a goal the entire tournament.

Manteca 4, Bret Harte 0

Manuleleua finished with a goal and an assist during the Buffaloes’ second shutout of the tourney.

Reyes, freshman Natalie Duran and junior Fechi Nkwocha all scored for Manteca as well. Duran also had an assist after hooking up with Manuleleua on the game’s first score and Lock assisted Reyes’ score. The Buffaloes have a road game scheduled at Franklin Monday and are slated to host Lincoln on Tuesday.

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