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BUFFS LEAVE LITTLE DOUBT

Rematch one-sided for Manteca

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BUFFS LEAVE LITTLE DOUBT

Weston Ranch goalkeeper Mayra Ambriz, with help from Wafa Hafed, tries to cut off the cornerkick cross but is beaten by Manteca's Rileigh Mankin for the first goal of Tuesday's 9-0 rout at Gus Schm...

JONAMAR JACINTO/The Bulletin


POSTED April 21, 2010 2:40 a.m.
This time, Manteca High’s soccer team was ready for Wafa Hafed and the Weston Ranch Cougars.

The Buffaloes shut down Weston Ranch’s top scorer and staged a relentless attack of their own, cruising to a 9-0 home victory that, coupled with Sierra’s 3-1 loss to Oakdale Tuesday, has them sitting at the top of the Valley Oak League standings.

On March 23, Manteca (10-2, 16-4-1 overall) snuck out of Weston Ranch (3-7-1) with a 4-3 win, and Hafed accounted for all of the Cougars’ goals in the first meeting.

“We did a better job of marking Wafa because we were more aware of her,” Manteca coach Justin Coenenberg said. “Going into that (first) game we didn’t know much about her.”

Freshman Sammie Morris led the charge for Manteca, scoring three goals, all coming in the first 42 minutes of the match, and assisting three others.

Reserve Lexi Ziakas struck twice in a three-minute span (61st, 64th minutes). Jessica Reeder and Rileigh Mankin each scored one and assisted one. Lacey Silva and Sialei Manuleleua added a goal apiece.

Reeder and Mankin jump started the rout off a cornerkick in the 8th minute. Reeder lofted it toward the back post from the left corner, and Mankin won the header in the air and pounded it past Weston Ranch goalkeeper Mayra Ambriz.

The Buffaloes led 5-0 by halftime and finished with an overwhelming 38-5 shot advantage. Twenty three of those shots were on frame, and Ambriz limited the damage with 14 saves.

“They were ready to play the last time we played them,” Weston Ranch coach Carlos Gaspar said. “I play the girls who are here to play. I’m not making excuses why we lost; we lost because we got outplayed and that was it.”

The shutout was the sixth in seven games for Manteca. Manteca was kept scoreless for just the second time this year in last Thursday’s 3-0 loss to Sierra, its only defeat in league, and has since worked on involving midfielders and defenders in the attacking third.

Coenenberg hopes to have everything at tip-top shape for the last five regular-season games, and league ends at Oakdale and against East Union at home — two other teams vying for the league title and one of three Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV playoff spots.

“We know that with the current situation in league, to us right now this is our biggest game up to this point,” Coenenberg said. “When we play Central Valley on Thursday, that’s going to be our biggest game.

“When it’s this close we can’t lose to anybody. We knew that by us beating Weston Ranch by one goal last time that this is a dangerous team.”
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