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Late start doesn’t deter injury-plagued Buffaloes

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POSTED March 25, 2009 4:31 a.m.
The officials showed up to Manteca’s Guss Schmiedt Field an hour and a half later than the originally scheduled start time.

The late kickoff showed in the host Buffaloes’ play, but it didn’t matter in the end as they defeated Weston Ranch, 3-0, Tuesday.

Manteca (1-2 Valley Oak League, 7-3-1 overall) could have and probably should have produced more goals considering their 31-2 shot advantage, but with key players out to various ailments and others playing through minor pain, coach Justin Coenenberg is just happy to come away with the win and no additional injuries.

“We were definitely flat,” he said. “You get in a routine all year long, you begin your usual warm-ups and next thing you know we’re sitting around while trying to stay ready for an hour and a half.”

The clinching goal was scored early.

Brianna Flynn finished off a nice cross from Renee Munson in the 8th minute. With five minutes to go in the opening half, Rileigh Mankin doubled the lead off a rebound.

Early in the second half, Mankin found Jessica Reeder for the final score. Goalkeeper Jimi Guibor finished with two saves, and Mayra Ambriz had 11 for Weston Ranch (0-3).

Leading scorer Airenne Curry (ankle) and defender Breanne Hatfield (knee) were sidelined, though starting fullback Hilary Coleman (knee) returned to action after missing two-plus weeks worth of games.

“We’re 0-3, but I’m a proud coach,” said Weston Ranch coach Carlos Gaspar. “They didn’t give up out there.”

Manteca hosts Ceres on Thursday, while the Cougars head to Oakdale.

— Jonamar Jacinto

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