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Lathrop boys battle Edison to tie

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POSTED December 15, 2017 1:59 a.m.

STOCKTON — The Lathrop boys soccer team is ready for its final season in the competitive Valley Oak League.

The Spartans capped their pre-league schedule Thursday with an entertaining 3-3 tie at Edison, a contender out of the Division I San Joaquin Athletic Association.

“It was the perfect game to get us ready for Monday against Sierra,” Lathrop coach Alfredo Reynaga said. “The guys showed a lot of fight, whereas in the past when we’d get down it would be hard for us to climb out of that hole. That was a success for Lathrop today.”

Lathrop (3-4-1) landed the first blow in the opening minutes when Ronaldo Macias scored off a long pass from Luis Angel Vargas. Edison (3-2-1) answered with the equalizer and then jumped ahead with a penalty kick. 

The Spartans had to bounce back from two deficits to end up with the draw. They tied it up at 2-2 late in the first half after Vargas scored on a header off a corner-kick cross from Victor Enriquez. Logan Gazaway registered the deciding goal with the assist coming from Christian Cardenas.

Lathrop keeper Will Smith finished with five saves.

“It was real back and forth,” Reynaga said. “We had a lot of possession but made a lot of mistakes. We lost a lot of touches; I’m not sure if it was the (artificial) turf because it did move fast on us today. We didn’t play our best, but we kept fighting.”

Varsity girls

Sierra 5, Amador 0

The Timberwolves (8-0-1) had their way with the defending Sac-Joaquin Section Division V champion from Sutter Creek.

Jadyn Shinn notched her second hat trick in as many days and also had an assist. Freshman Tiana Cello added a goal and an assist. Daisy Valencia rounded out goal scorers for Sierra, with Jenna Villanueva and Yolanda Tavares each contributing an assist. Sophomore Michaela Bitle had five saves

Lathrop 2, Franklin 2

FRANKLIN — Kassandra Ceja accounted for both of Lathrop’s goals, and Kaitlin Frias-Miranda assisted her first one. Noelle Smith was credited with 18 saves.

It’s the first tie of the season for both sides. The Spartans (3-0-1) had their perfect start ended, while Franklin moves to 4-1-1.

“That team is good,” Lathrop coach Jose Montes said. “They can really knock the ball around. It was a good test for us because we played a physical game on Tuesday (4-3 win over West) and a finesse game on Thursday. We had our chances but so did they.”

Ripon 2, Bret Harte 0

RIPON — It was a far more one-sided game than the final result, with the Indians (4-3-1) outshooting the visiting side, 22-0.

Ripon didn’t find the net until the 65th and 70th minute, and Ashley Pugh had a hand in both goals. She first scored off a feed from Megan Johnson, then assisted Devaney Dougherty five minutes later. Bret Harte’s Kaylee Hollis remained busy at goal, accumulating 14 saves.

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