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Lathrop tops Weston Ranch, program records

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POSTED March 28, 2014 12:13 a.m.

New program records were set by Lathrop High’s girls soccer team Thursday.

The Spartans’ 5-2 win at Weston Ranch is their fifth overall, which is now the most in a single season by a Lathrop squad. Lathrop (2-3, 5-8-1) also set a new mark for most Valley Oak League wins and most goals (21).

In addition, Sierra Downum scored twice and added two assists in becoming the Spartans’ top single-season goal scorer. Yaneli Avila had two goals and three assists.

It was that 1-2 punch that helped Lathrop mount a 3-0 lead by the 47th minute as they took turns assisting each other’s scores. Downum struck with her second goal in the 48th minute off  an assist from Daisy Herrera to make it 4-0.

Weston Ranch got on board with a free kick in the 50th minute and put away another two minutes later after Lathrop keeper Cassandra Flores (four saves) initially blocked a penalty kick.

Jesenya Barajas capped the final score in the 68th minute, with Avila delivering the corner-kick cross. Lathrop outshot Weston Ranch, 18-6.

“For the first time this season the girls were able to string passes together and were really vocal,” Lathrop coach Gabe Padilla said. “It was the most impressed I’ve been with them by far.”

East Union 3, Oakdale 0

The visiting Lancers (5-0, 7-0) were able to break through Oakdale’s stout defensive effort with two late goals in the final five minutes of the contest.

Maddie Yslava scored twice (12th, 76th minutes), and Isela Rivera added one more in the 78th. Isabella Rivera and Marissa King each chipped in an assist.

“In the first half Oakdale (2-3, 3-6-2) was playing very well,” East Union coach Victor Polanco said. “They were able to hold us off and concentrated on defense. We dominated the second half and had about six corner kicks.”

Kimball 1, Sierra 0

Under-15 National Team member Stephanie Tran buried the game’s only goal in the 27th minute on Kimball’s artificial turf at Don Nicholson Stadium.

Sierra (2-2-1, 7-4-2) had opportunities of its own that it was unable to convert on, said coach Manuel Pires. The Timberwolves had a 12-8 advantage on shot attempts, and goalie Emma Broderick finished with six saves.

“We played a heck of a game,” he said. “I was a lot happier with how we played today than on Tuesday (a 1-1 tie against Manteca). It could have gone either way, but you gotta give credit to them, that’s a very good team.”


East Union 3, Oakdale 0

Brittany Moneyham, Rosalia Ravelo and Mia Matedne accounted for East Union’s goals.

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