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Valdez takes center stage in Manteca win

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POSTED April 16, 2014 1:17 a.m.

Donning pink jerseys, Manteca blanked Lathrop 3-0 in the annual Kicking for the Cure game hosted at Guss Schmiedt Field on Tuesday night.

The real winner of the night was 13-year-old Noah Valdez, a seventh grader who is battling bone cancer. Proceeds from gate fees, concessions, raffles and a silent auction will go to Valdez and his family.

Even the visiting side chipped in for the occasion, as second-year Lathrop coach Gabe Padilla presented the Valdezes with a $1,000 check. Manteca coach Justin Coenenberg said that donations are still pouring in and won’t have a final tally until early next week.

“From the looks of it it was an extremely successful night,” said Coenenberg, who has raised close to $15,000 in the event’s first three years. “It was by far our biggest crowd for the event and we received quite a few donations.”

There was also good news after the game for Lathrop, which had a player rushed to the hospital in the second half. Standout sweeper Brianna Fernandez was carted off the field after a long delay. Padilla said it ended up being “a bad case of whiplash.”

The game was cut short by about 15 minutes.

Much like in the first contest between the two clubs, a 4-0 win for the Buffaloes (5-2-2 Valley Oak League, 12-3-2 overall), Manteca had its way possession-wise but failed to capitalize on many of its opportunities. Lathrop (2-7-1, 5-12-2) had its own chances to get on the scoreboard.

Katie Locke broke the ice midway through the first half, and Leah Manuleleua doubled the Manteca lead in the final minute of the opening half. Harleen Pabla put away the final goal in the opening minutes of the second half.

“It was actually very similar to the first time we played them,” Coenenberg said. “We dominated possession and were able to knock the ball around a little bit. Once we scored we were able to break them down a little more, but credit to Lathrop, they played a really solid game.”

Manteca next hosts Sierra on Thursday for a big match with postseason implications.

Sierra 6, Sonora 0

The Timberwolves (6-3-1, 11-5-2) blasted 29 shots in dominating visiting Sonora (1-7-1, 2-11-1) on Tuesday.

Naomi Nunis led the charge with two goals. Kaleigh Doyle and Alexis Young each added a goal and two assists. Sydnee Canales and Raelene Mendieta scored one apiece, while Annisity Miller dished out two assists.

Goalies Emma Broderick (three saves) and Marissa Scott (save) combined for the shutout.

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