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First-half barrage enough for EU

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POSTED April 21, 2010 2:32 a.m.
The three goals that the East Union Lancers were able to string together in the first half was enough in the early part of Tuesday’s game against visiting Ceres to lock up a key Valley Oak League victory.


In the game’s second half, the Bulldogs bounced back to close the gap to 3-2 but were unable to overcome East Union’s early barrage.

“We adjusted to push more offensively and were able to get the whole roster playing time,” East Union head coach Jim Todd said. “We did give up goals in the second half off a miscue and a foul setting up a direct shot. We ended up winning the game, but it wasn’t a pretty win, to be honest.”

East Union’s defensive captain ReAnna Schmitt took an errant ball 65 yards through the heart of the Bulldog defense to score the game’s first goal on an unassisted shot in the 9th minute.

Leilani Villasenor capitalized on an opportunity a minute later when she took a pass from teammate Megan Howley, who was set up by a cross from Stephanie Sabala, and snuck it past the Ceres goalkeeper.

Howley would score East Union’s third goal off a Schmitt pass prior to end of the first half.

“We outshot them tonight but Ceres made the most of their opportunities while we missed some pretty close opportunities,” Todd said “The first half was poetic – almost effortlessly moving the ball and maintaining control of play across the field. I thought the first half could have been a training video on ownership and distribution.”

East Union (7-2-2, 12-4-4 overall) could not afford to even tie Ceres (2-9-1) after dropping a 1-0 decision to Oakdale last week. The Lancers keep pace with the league’s top three teams, and only three squads qualify for the Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs.

Seven points separate East Union, which next hosts second-place Sierra Thursday, and first-place Manteca in the standings.

East Union 3, Ceres 0
Vanessa Carpenter, Taylor Baum, and Kendra Kaiserman each scored goals off of assists by Rosie Wood. The Lancer defense didn’t allow Ceres to register a single shot on goalkeeper Nicole Whalen.

— Jason Campbell
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