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Late goal hurts Manteca’s title chances

Sierra takes lead; EU still in playoff hunt

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POSTED May 5, 2010 2:44 a.m.

OAKDALE — Manteca High’s girls soccer team was under a minute away from maintaining its slender lead over Sierra in the Valley Oak League standings in a pivotal showdown with Oakdale Tuesday.

Then it would have been a win away from securing its first title since 2005.

But now its championship hopes rests on Weston Ranch.
The Buffaloes squandered a one-goal lead in stoppage time, when Oakdale’s Kristen Brunk capitalized on a fortunate bounce to force a 1-1 tie.

Crosstown rival Sierra, which defeated Lathrop Monday and ends the regular season Thursday at Weston Ranch, now leads Manteca by a point in the standings. Manteca has to beat East Union, which still has a shot at garnering the third and last Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV playoff both, Thursday and hope for Weston Ranch to tie or beat Sierra.

“We wanted to control our own destiny,” Manteca coach Justin Coenenberg said. “We wanted to win the games we were supposed to win and did that. Unfortunately, here at the end of the season, things didn’t go our way and no we need some help.”

Manteca got no help during the final moments of Tuesday’s match.

Manteca sophomore goalkeeper Jimi Guibor had 12 saves and several key stops in the second half to preserve the lead, but a no-call in the end cost the Buffaloes (12-2-1, 18-4-2 overall).

An Oakdale player collided with Guibor in the penalty box as she scooped up the loose ball, which would normally warrant a foul call.

But play resumed as Manteca defenders desperately tried to clear it from its zone. The ball eventually made its way to Brunk, who chipped it over Guibor with roughly 40 seconds to go.

“It was such a bad non-call that (Oakdale coach Alfredo Quiroga) after the game said that he didn’t know how that wasn’t called a foul,” Coenenberg said. “The girls played hard and left it on the field. Both teams were wore out from a tough, physical game, and it was tough to have it decided like that.

“I actually thought we played better this game than we did the time we beat Oakdale, 1-0.”

Airenne Curry scored Manteca’s goal four minutes into the second half, sneaking past Oakdale’s defense for a through ball delivered by Rileigh Mankin that set up a one-on-one opportunity.

Oakdale (10-1-4, 17-3-5) outshot Manteca, 18-14, but Manteca had a handful of other one-on-ones stuffed by Mustang keeper Morgan Kinyon.

Manteca hosts East Union Thursday at 6:30 p.m. and will celebrate Senior Night.

East Union 6, Central Valley 0

CERES — With Oakdale tying Manteca Tuesday, East Union (10-3-2, 15-5-4) still has a chance to advance to the postseason with a win over Manteca Thursday and an Oakdale loss to Sonora.

Megan Howley led the charge for EU with three goals and an assist. ReAnna Schmitt scored the first goal in the 22nd minute off an assist from Erica da Silva.

Meli Gomez and Milli Mendoza each punched in a goal. Stephanie Sabala added an assist. Goalie Taylor Maruca notched her 12th shutout of the season.

Weston Ranch 1, Ceres 1

CERES — Tuesday’s tie has both teams locked with identical 3-10-2 records with one match to go.

Wafa Hafed scored the equalizer in the 50th minute for Weston Ranch after Ceres staked a one-goal lead by halftime.

— Jonamar Jacinto

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