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Stunning draw for state No. 1 Lancers

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POSTED April 23, 2014 12:03 a.m.

East Union girls soccer coach Victor Polanco called it a reality check.

The Lancers entered Tuesday’s match the No. 1-ranked team in the section and the state by MaxPreps and keeper of a season-long, 13-game winning streak.

Maybe they thought Oakdale, a team with a sub-.500 record, would just roll over.

That wasn’t the case.

East Union (10-0-1, 13-0-1) opened the scoring in the 37th minute on a goal by Isela Rivera, but the Mustangs knotted the match at 1-1 in the 55th minute. The goal came on a broken play. East Union attempted to clear a free kick, but the ball landed at the feet of an Oakdale (5-5-2, 6-8-4) player.

The score would remain that way, despite East Union’s 22 shots on frame. Polanco hopes the result serves as a wake-up call for a team with championship dreams.

“We played overconfident. We started like we already won the game,” he said. “But it was OK. It was good because that gave us the heads-up for the last two matches.”

The Lancers can clinch the Valley Oak League title on Friday with a win over Sonora (2-9-1), the VOL’s seventh-place team.

Manteca 10, Sonora 1

There wasn’t a need for any late-game theatrics this time around.

Harleen Pabla scored four goals and Leah Manuleleau chipped in two as Manteca routed visiting Sonora to remain in the Valley Oak League’s third and final playoff seat with three games to go. 

The last time these two teams met the Buffaloes needed a last-minute goal to escape with a 2-1 victory. This one wasn’t even close. Manteca surged out to a 4-1 lead at the half.

“They couldn’t look past Sonora and they came out and played really well,” Manteca coach Justin Coenenberg said. “They knocked the ball around with some creativity, and they looked really good.”

Lathrop 3, Weston Ranch 3

In Lathrop, the Spartans’ home woes continued.

Weston Ranch rallied back from a two-goal deficit and earned a tie with a goal in the 72nd minute. The Cougars went to a four-forward attack in the second half as they desperately sought the equalizer.

Lathrop (2-8-2 VOL, 5-13-3) slipped to 1-5-3 on its home field. Sierra Downum scored twice for the Spartans to become the first player in Lathrop soccer history, boy or girl, to reach double figures. She has 11 goals. Lathrop took a 3-1 lead in the 32nd minute on Jasenya Barajas’ penalty kick.


East Union 3, Oakdale 0

Rosalia Radelo scored twice and Brittany Moneyham tacked on another for the Lancers, who improved to 12-0 and clinched the VOL title.

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