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Cougars lackluster in win over Lathrop

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Cougars lackluster in win over Lathrop

Julia Olaya of Weston Ranch breaks away from a Lathrop defender on an early offensive strike.


POSTED April 14, 2010 3:05 a.m.
STOCKTON – The 4-0 beating that the Weston Ranch Cougars dealt to first-year varsity program Lathrop High School would have most coaches ecstatic.

But Weston Ranch’s Carlos Gaspar, who watched his team score three goals within five minutes to put the game out of reach, was less than impressed with the on-field performance that allowed Lathrop to control the field for a portion of the game and move the ball at will on several occasions.

While the victory (3-5 Valley Oak League, 3-5-1 overall) moved Weston Ranch one step further up the standings, it was done with one less goal than the Cougars scored to beat the winless Spartans earlier this season – something that Gaspar was less than enthused about.

“I know that they can come out and play better soccer than they did today, and that’s what’s frustrating,” Gaspar said. “Lathrop came out and beat us to the ball, won some of the challenges that they needed to, and did things they way they should have been done.

“They’re a good young team, and I can’t take anything away from them.”

Fifteen minutes into the game Wafa Hafed broke the knotted score when she planted a pass from Adriana Rodriguez in the back of the net, sparking an offensive flurry that would ultimately decide the fate of the game.

Within the next five minutes, Marisa Bradshaw planted an unassisted shot for the game’s second goal, and then assisted Jasmine Quintero on a strike that would put Weston Ranch up 3-0 heading into the halftime break.

Bradshaw would score again in the game’s 50th minute on a pass from Alexcia Sanchez, but the Spartans (0-8, 0-9) refused to lie down and challenged the Cougars valiantly for the remainder of the second half.

“I think that our girls came out today and played an excellent game today,” Lathrop head coach Ryan Biedermann said. “We were really competitive and we showed some offensive prowess by moving the ball and taking shots on goal.

“Our girls are getting better every game, and when you’re just starting out a program like we’re doing right now, that’s all that you can really ask for.”

Weston Ranch goalkeeper Myra Ambriz secured five saves for the Cougars. Esmerelda Garcia locked up six saves for the Spartans.

Much like her coach, Bradshaw wasn’t impressed with the on-field performance of Weston Ranch – noting that the team played like it was “tired” and was lucky to walk away with the win that they did.

“This definitely wasn’t one of our best games,” said Bradshaw. “The three goals that scored back-to-back-to-back were nice, but that was really the deciding factor in the entire game.

“If we didn’t get that, who knows how the game would have turned out?”

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