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Lady Buffs blanked in Colfax ending postseason

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POSTED May 19, 2010 2:16 a.m.
COLFAX – Heading into the intermission it seemed as if Manteca High had an outstanding chance at continuing its season with an upset over Colfax, but a pair of early second-half goals led the Falcons to a 3-0 Sac-Joaquin Section first-round win, ending the Buffaloes season.

Manteca (18-6-2) sluggishly backed into the playoffs on the heels of a 1-0 defeat to East Union, giving Manteca only its second loss in its final 14 games. The Buffaloes were unable to get things going against Colfax, making an already challenging task too difficult.

“I don’t know if it was necessarily them doing something right, we just did some things wrong,” Manteca head coach Justin Coenenberg said. “There were some mistakes in the back that really cost us some silly goals, but I am not taking anything away from Colfax, they are a solid team all around.”

The Buffaloes proved their worth with a well-played first-half, but a Colfax goal in the 50th minute, followed by a second goal 10 minutes later left Manteca with an insurmountable second-half deficit.

The contest Manteca would have had to deliver to continue its season eluded the Buffaloes when they needed it most.

“Despite getting out of there 0-0 at halftime, we still opened the game a little tentative; we seemed a little scared there,” Coenenberg said. “I wouldn’t say they were dominating possessions, but anything that was kind of 50-50 they were clearly winning.
“The second half we came out and started winning those 50-50 balls, but we let them score those two goals.”

The Buffaloes closed the season with their best win total since the ’04-05 campaign, giving a group that is definitely losing some talent, reason to believe in their chances again next season.
“We haven’t talked too much about next year yet,” Coenenberg said. “We’re going to lose some key players defensively; we’re going to lose two starters and losing Rileigh (Mankin) in the middle is really kind of the heart of our team that holds everything together.

“Even though we’re not losing a lot of numbers, we’re losing key players.  So we definitely need players next year to come in and fill those roles.”

— Jagada Chambers
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