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Another hat trick for EU standout

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POSTED March 21, 2014 12:32 a.m.

East Union made what was supposed to be a challenging week of Valley Oak League matches look easy, capping it off with Thursday’s 5-1 domination of defending champion Kimball in Tracy.

The Lancers (3-0, 6-0 overall) took on perennial contender Sierra earlier in the week, taking a 6-0 lead into halftime and cruising to a 6-1 victory. If that wasn’t enough of a statement, Thursday’s effort will surely put the rest of the VOL on notice.

“Against Sierra I was surprised with the first half but we came in prepared,” East Union coach Victor Polanco said. “We were also prepared for this game today. We practice to play better every game and I see that in the girls. Every game is a different game, but we faced two good teams this week.”

San Jose State-bound Isela Rivera recorded her third straight hat trick to start the VOL season and added two assists. She first struck in the 15th minute off an assist from younger sister Isabella, and a minute later Isela fed Maddie Yslava to double the lead.

“She’s a smart forward who can create her own space to beat the defense, but she just knows where the goal is,” Polanco said.

Rivera later scored in the 37th and 63rd minutes before assisting Meghan Wallace’s late goal. With most of East Union’s reserves in the game, Kimball netted its lone goal in the final minutes.

“We played better today than we did (Tuesday),” Polanco said. “We dominated for a good 60 minutes and I started putting (substitutes) in the game.”

Sierra 2, Sonora 0

The T’Wolves had their way in Sonora and outshot the host 26-1. Goalie Emma Broderick tallied one save for Sierra (2-1, 7-3-1), which led 1-0 at the break thanks to a goal from Sydnee Canales assisted by Annisity Miller in the 20th minute.

Naomi Nunes put the Timberwolves ahead 2-0 in the 47th minute after Daisy Rivera found her for the assist. Sierra will host Manteca on Tuesday at Daniel Teicheira Memorial Stadium at 6:30 p.m.

Frosh-soph

East Union 1, Kimball 0

Rosalia Ravalo buried the lone goal for East Union.

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