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Mankin eyes VOL title with scholarship already signed

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Mankin eyes VOL title with scholarship already signed

Manteca High soccer standout Rileigh Mankin, flanked by her father, Robert, from left, coach Justin Coenenberg and mother, Dana, at the school's library Wednesday, signed with Corban College of Sal...


POSTED April 29, 2010 2:21 a.m.
With her future already locked up, there is one thing left on Manteca High Rileigh Mankin’s to-do list to make her senior year even sweeter.

“Win VOL. Definitely,” she said.

The standout midfielder can help the Buffaloes clinch their first Sac-Joaquin Section playoff berth since 2006 tonight with a win over Sonora, but the conference leaders will have to get by two other postseason hopefuls, Oakdale and East Union, next week to capture their first Valley Oak League title since 2005.

Mankin accepted a scholarship offer to play for Corban College of Salem, Ore. back in November. Westmont (Santa Barbara), Dominican University (San Rafael) and William Jessup University (Rocklin) were among her other options. The 4.0 student plans on.

Manteca’s center attacking midfielder is projected to stay at the position, where she combines finesse, skill and instincts with a physical style of play.

“When I went there I just really liked the atmosphere and saw it has a place where I could make an impact on the soccer team,” she said.

Corban competes in the Cascade Collegiate Conference of the National Athletic Interscholastic Association. The Warriors (6-2-1, 9-7-3 overall) have been more competitive in recent seasons, finishing third while reaching the conference semifinals this past fall.

The CCC also features NAIA powerhouses Concordia and College of Idaho, which shared the regular-season championship. Concordia finished with a No. 5 ranking in the regular-season poll and reached the NAIA semifinal. College of Idaho capped the season ranked 20th.
“They’re growing. It’s a chance for me to help continue improving the program.”

Mankin, a four-year varsity starter at Manteca and two-time all-VOL selection, is currently tied for the team lead with 39 points (13 goals, 13 assists). As a junior, she turned in 11 goals and seven assists but missed nearly a month of the VOL season with an ankle injury.

Mankin has also been a key member of four club soccer programs from the area, the Manteca Rangers, Manteca Futbol Club, California Cougars of Stockton and Modesto Ajax United Elite.

“Rileigh embodies everything I look for in a Manteca High soccer player,” said second-year coach Justin Coenenberg said. “She is obviously a talented player, but she has great character, she’s an extremely hard worker and she’s intelligent both on and off the field.

“She’s taken on a different role this year and has become a tremendous leader. She has fun in practice, and her attitude is contagious. That carries over into the games.”
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