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Lancers blow past Buhach Colony

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POSTED March 11, 2010 2:18 a.m.
The East Union Lancers have picked up a little steam and now they are rolling into Valley Oak League action, putting together another shutout Wednesday in a 3-0 non-league win over Buhach Colony.

The Lancers (3-2-2) have been on fire since the second round of the Buff Cup this past weekend, scoring 19 goals without giving up a point. East Union is getting solid play from all over the pitch, using timely offense and physical defense to keep opponents at bay.

“Buhach is always one of the strong teams and they were a physical group,” East Union head coach Jim Todd said. “I think we outshot them 12-2, but I was really amazed with how we out pressured them. In the middle of the field they looked pretty good, but they couldn’t get near the goal because of our strong defense.”

Kiana Lamont, Jesika Villegas, Reanna Schmitt and Kayla Lamont proved to be too tough a wall to penetrate, making goalie Taylor Maruca’s third consecutive shutout an easy task.

Kayla Lamont netted the Lancers’ first goal on an assist from Selena DaSilva and Adrianna Villasenor. Megan Howley would then net a shot assisted by Ode Castillo. Stephanie Sabala scored East Union’s final goal 20 minutes into the second half on an assist from Milli Medoza.

The Lancers were able to get everybody in the program some time on the pitch, satisfying the group as they head into their final weekend of non-league play. East Union will open league with a trip to Sonora Tuesday, lifting its final preseason week up to urgency level.

“I like how we are looking at this point, but I feel we need to score some more,” Todd said. “We have to be able to convert on more of our opportunities. We’re still dealing with some nagging injuries.

“If we are able to get 90-percent of the squad 90-percent healthy then I think we’re going to play a very competitive season.”

Lodi 3, Sierra 0
LODI – The Timberwolves struggles with Lodi High continued, as Sierra dropped its second match to the Flames in as many games Wednesday.

Sierra (1-4) dropped a contest 3-1 to Lodi less than a week ago, but even in defeat the Timberwolves were able to pull themselves closer to the mark as the preseason approaches its close.

“I was a little happier with our performance after this game than I was after the first one,” Sierra head coach Manuel Pires said. “Our effort throughout the game was a lot better and it was easy for me to see our improvements.”

Sierra will try to get on the right track as they host the Vern Gebhardt Tournament this weekend.

Manteca 3, Lincoln 1
The Buffaloes closed out their preseason schedule with another solid showing, knocking off Lincoln of Stockton for their sixth non-league win.

Sammie Morris got the Buffaloes on the scoreboard in the ninth minute, scoring the contests’ first goal. Airenne Curry would add Manteca’s next score on an assist from Rileigh Mankin and sophomore Jessica Reeder closed out the scoring when she found the back of the net in the 67th minute on an assist from Abigail Rosas.

Manteca (6-1-2) will get the VOL season underway with a trip to Ceres Tuesday to take on the Bulldogs.

— Jagada Chambers
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