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Perfect cross lifts Lady Buffs past Mustangs

Airenne Curry drives the ball past an Oakdale defender during Valley Oak League action Tuesday at Guss Schmiedt Field. Manteca won 1-0.

JASON CAMPBELL/The Bulletin


POSTED April 7, 2010 3:10 a.m.
Things weren’t exactly looking good for the Manteca High School girls varsity soccer team during their home match against Oakdale High Tuesday afternoon at Guss Schmiedt Field.

With a battle brewing between intracity rival Sierra High who trailed Manteca by only a win on the stat sheet headed into Tuesday’s game, the Buffaloes were unable to control a formidable Oakdale offensive attack where they literally kept possession and field-position for the entire first half of the contest.

But 50 minutes into the contest, Manteca (6-1 VOL, 12-3-1) finally found its one solid chance at scoring when Katie Davis crossed the ball in from the corner and miraculously planted it right into the chest of Brittany Costa – sneaking it just past Mustang (4-1-2, 11-3-3) keeper Morgan Kinyon for the game’s first and only score and the 1-0 victory that helps keep the Buffaloes in the hunt for the VOL’s top spot.

“I was going for that ball as hard as I possibly could, and I knew that it was something that I had to do,” Costa said. “When I saw it come off of her foot I had no idea where it was going to hit, so I just put my body into it and watched happily as it rolled into the back of the net.”
Until that point, it was all Oakdale when it came to dominating the statistics on paper.

While Manteca managed to move the ball, Oakdale outshot the Buffaloes 18 to 5 in the contest – forcing sophomore Jimi Guibor to lock-up 10 saves just to keep her squad in the game.

The Buffaloes were only able to secure five shots on Oakdale’s goal, and Kinyon finished the game with one miraculous save that still kept the Mustangs in the contest until time finally expired.

“We were able to make some opportunities out there tonight, and while we didn’t start off so hot, I was happy with how our girls never gave up and fought even when they were getting pushed around like that in the first half,” Manteca head coach Justin Coenenberg said. “It was even tougher for us today because we were playing against the wind, so all week we worked on making those crosses like that and it paid off in a big way.”

Tuesday’s victory kept Manteca’s sole first-place position in the VOL alive as they prepare for an intracity battle against East Union on Thursday at home. Game time is scheduled to start at 4 p.m.

Sierra 8, Lathrop 0
Stephanie Vanni didn’t waste any time in helping her Sierra Timberwolves keep lock-step in a fierce battle with the Manteca Buffaloes Tuesday afternoon – hitting a hat-trick in the game’s first 22-minutes putting the game out of reach of first-year varsity program Lathrop High.
Her second and third goals were headers fed by Sydnee Koscielcki.

Before the first-half ended, Sierra (5-0-2, 9-4-2) tacked on 2 more goals as Lucia Cazares snuck one past keeper  Joanna Ortiz in the 29th minute.  A minute later Koscielcki tickled the twine off of another Ortiz assist to make the 5-0. Ortiz rounded out Sierra’s first-half scoring with a goal of her own in the 39th minute fed by Donna Ortiz.

In the second-half, Lathrop (0-7, 0-8) was simply no match for the Stephanie Vanni show, as she struck again in the 51st minute on a penalty kick. Lucia Cazares scored three minutes later on a Sydnee Koscielcki assist.

“It was a good win for us today, but as a team we’re still a work in progress,” Sierra head coach Manuel Pires said. “It takes a little bit of time for our offense to develop, but today everything just kind of fell in place for us. We had some really great crosses, and we’ve shown some flashes of brilliance, but it’s important to take everything one game at a time.

“We’re still trailing Manteca, and it’s going to take focus and determination to win that Valley Oak League championship.”
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