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Isela Rivera nets early hat trick as EU shells Sierra

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Freshman midfielder Ilena Rivera dribbles ahead of Sierra’s Sydnee Canales.

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POSTED March 19, 2014 1:06 a.m.

To notch a hat trick is an accomplishment. To do so in a span of 11 minutes is remarkable, and East Union’s Isela Rivera was remarkable Tuesday night in the Lancers’ 6-1 shellacking of visiting Sierra in Valley Oak League action at Dino Cunial Field.

Leading 1-0, Jenna Zuniga centered the ball to Rivera who buried it into the net for a 2-0 East Union lead 16 minutes into the game. Eight minutes later, the two combined again when Rivera headed in a Zuniga corner kick and one minute after that, Meghan Wallace had her second goal of the night, this one off of a Rivera assist.

At the 27-minute mark – two minutes after Wallace’s second goal – Rivera had her hat trick when she arced in a 40-yard direct kick to put the Lancers (2-0 VOL, 5-0 overall) ahead 5-0.

“We want to score fast and score one right after the other,” Rivera said. “Our goal is to make that happen very quickly.

“It is always an intense game when we play Sierra. They are our crosstown rival and we came out intense against them.”

Rivera had a role in the first goal which went in the books as an assist from Zuniga to Wallace. Zuniga covered a shot from the opposite corner and passed the ball toward Rivera who let the ball go between her legs. Wallace then popped it into the net for a 1-0 lead with just three minutes gone off the clock.

“We practice that over and over again,” Wallace said. “Isela and I make runs back and forth with dummying and all that stuff.

“I didn’t know if she was going to let that first one go through to me, but I was prepared for it.”

East Union coach Victor Polanco said preparation was key in this win.

“We were prepared and we practiced hard,” Polanco said. “But Sierra is a good team and this is not what we expected.”

The Lancers got their last goal late in the first half on a penalty kick by Ilena Rivera. The Timberwolves (1-1, 7-2-1) did not score until stoppage time of the second half off of a direct kick by Sydnee Canales, the first goal given up by East Union this season.

“In the second half we played a little better but they had a lot of different players in there,” Sierra coach Manuel Pires said. “You have to give it to them because they had the opportunities early on and they took advantage of them, and we were not able to recover.

“They pretty much took it to us and they deserved this one.”

Manteca 6, Weston Ranch 0

The Buffaloes (1-0, 8-1 overall) outshot the visitors from Weston Ranch (0-2, 1-5) 36-0 in their VOL opener at Guss Schmiedt Field.

Cassie Outlaw scored two goals, while Avigail Mayen and Lejla Pepic each contributed a goal and an assist. Jocelyn Reyes and Ivy Benson punched in the final two goals for the Buffaloes. Jasmine Basuil chipped in with an assist.

Lathrop 1, Sonora 0

Nedy Oliveres fed Sierra Downum for the game’s lone goal in the 73rd minute. Lathrop (1-1, 4-6-1) continued to move the ball at will for the remainder of the contest, peppering the Sonora goal six more times but coming up empty.

Goalkeeper Cassandra Flores (13 saves) keyed the win in Sonora, as she held off the Wildcats’ persistent first-half attack while Lathrop attempted just one shot over the first 40 minutes.

“Cassandra Flores stepped up and played a big game for us,” Lathrop coach Gabe Padilla said. “She was really pressing the 18 when attackers where coming her way and made a crucial save in the last minute off a corner kick.”

Frosh-soph

East Union 3, Sierra 1

Rosalia Ravelo, Maria Andrade and Skylar Treacy each scored a goal for the Lancers.

McKenna Doyle had the lone Timberwolves goal.

Manteca 6, Weston Ranch 0

Sarah Vegas poured in a pair of first-half goals for the Buffaloes. Sandra De La Riva, Daisy Talavera, Isabel Quintos and Esperanza De La Riva added one apiece.

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