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Manteca readies for tough stretch

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POSTED March 26, 2015 12:00 a.m.

The fun is about to start for Manteca High’s girls soccer team.

The Buffaloes’ 10-0 win at Lathrop on Wednesday served as a final tune-up for their toughest stretch of the season so far. Ahead on the schedule are three teams that are also positioned in the top half of the Valley Oak League table — Oakdale and Central Catholic next week, then it’s on to defending champion and still-unbeaten East Union.

Lejla Pepic scored Manteca’s first two goals Wednesday and completed the hat trick early in the second half. Leah Manuleleua padded her area-best goal total, now at 26, with two more. Freshman Natalia Duran scored twice and assisted Pepic’s third goal. Fechi Nkwocha and Madison Burch each had a goal and an assist. Stephanie Gonzalez chipped in a goal.

Manteca (4-0 VOL, 13-1 overall) led 5-0 at halftime and outshot the Spartans (0-4, 4-10-1), 29-1. Callia Morales-Linnell racked up 14 saves for Lathrop.

Oakdale 5, Sierra 3

Raelene Mendieta scored a late goal to cap the final score and set up first-half scores for MJ Kaur and freshman Yolanda Tavarez.

Sierra (0-3, 3-9-1) were able to hang with the Mustangs (3-0-1, 9-4-2) but gave up three unanswered goals in the second half. It was 2-2 at the intermission.

“We did pretty good in the first half, but in the second half, right from the beginning, Oakdale really took it to us.  We’re struggling right now with so many players banged up, and we’re giving up too many goals to compete. It was great we were able to score three goals today but we couldn’t stop the other team from scoring.”

The Timberwolves have another tough task Friday when  they host 2014 Sac-Joaquin Section Division V finalist Central Catholic.


Sierra 6, Oakdale 3

Daisy Valencia scored twice and had an assist to power the Timberwolves past the Mustangs. Bryanna Gonzalez (assist), Julissa Pimental (assist), Ariana Soto and Hailey Tavares also found the back of the net for Sierra.

Manteca 2, Lathrop 1

Rami Singh and Daisy Hernandez converted on two attempts late in the first half to give Manteca the cushion it needed. Leanna Mom scored off a set piece for Lathrop.

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