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Manteca, Sierra wins set table for mega match

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POSTED April 14, 2010 3:03 a.m.

CERES — Three goals inside of the first 30 minutes was enough to keep the Manteca girls soccer team atop the Valley Oak League standings after a 3-0 win against Ceres.

Manteca struck quickly, as Airenne Curry took a pass from Sammie Morris in the fifth minute and struck the back of the net to give the Buffaloes the early lead.

Lacey Silva would be the next to score on an assist by Sialei Manuleleu 25 minutes into the game, and Morris herself took a pass from Rileigh Mankin and scored in the game’s 30th minute to end the day’s scoring and keep Manteca (8-1, 14-3-1 overall) in sole possession of the league’s top spot heading into its intracity rematch against Sierra on Thursday.

The Timberwolves are the only team to beat Manteca in VOL play this season.

“We played really well as a team today, and moved the ball around well, but I think that we had a little case of the shanks,” said Manteca head coach Justin Coenenberg – noting that Manteca outshot Ceres on goal 36-5. “At the end of the day we creating opportunities as a team, and were able to execute.”

The recent return of goalie Jimi Guibor (broken finger), Coenenberg said, was a huge addition to the Manteca defense that held Ceres in check and helped the Buffaloes win the war of possession for the majority of the game. Since her return from injury, Guibor has yet to surrender a single goal and pulled in five saves during Tuesday’s matchup.

And with the VOL season now into its second half of play, Coenenberg said he realizes that every game is big, and the rematch against Sierra on Thursday – which will be played at Daniel Teicheira Memorial Stadium – isn’t being taken lightly.

“When we played the last time we were young and we came out a little bit tentative and a little bit scared,” he said. “They scored two quick ones on us and that was pretty much it. We’re looking forward to Thursday, and looking to come out stronger as a team than we did the last time.”

Sierra 6, Central Valley 0

Motivated by the pending rematch against the VOL-leading Manteca Buffaloes on Thursday, Sierra came out swinging against the Hawks when Ashley Sohal found the back of the net in the 13th minute on a Stephanie Vanni assist for the first of six first-half goals.

Delaine Quaresma struck next two minutes later on an unassisted goal, and Mariela Pimentel followed her lead two minutes after that with another unassisted goal.

In the 27th minute, Sydnne Koscielski scored a goal assisted by Pimentel, and Joanna Ortiz planted an unassisted goal in the 34th minute. Vanni capped off the scoring when she snuck a pass from Nicole Bettencourt in the 38th minute.

Sierra (7-0-2, 10-4-2) hasn’t lost a game since they faced Turlock on March 13, and will look to keep that streak going when they host intracity rival and VOL front-runner Manteca on Thursday.

“I thought we played really well as a team today, and moved the ball and took advantage of the opportunities to score when we had them,” Sierra head coach Manuel Pires said. “Obviously Manteca has been stepping their game up and playing really well, and it’s going to be a big game for us on Thursday.

“Right now they’re in first place and we’re in second place, so that adds a lot to what would already be a big game. We’re had a lot of girls step up into leadership roles for us, and we’re going to need that on Thursday.”

—Jason Campbell

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