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East Union forward Juan Vazquez controls the throw-in pass near the top of the 18-yard line as Turlock defender Sergio Cardenas applies the pressure.


POSTED August 28, 2009 12:04 a.m.
Numbers aren’t supposed to lie, but in this case they do.

Despite outshooting visiting Turlock and, at times, dominating ball possession, East Union fell victim to some unlucky breaks and breakdowns on defense in its 4-3 preseason loss at Dino Cunial Field Thurday.

The Lancers held a 19-10 advantage on shots and 5-1 on cornerkick opportunities. But Turlock made good on the few attempts it had, as Jesse Madrigal scored all three of his goals in the first half and Josue Barajas bombed in the deciding score with nine minutes to go.

“In the second half they only had a couple shots on goal and scored one,” East Union coach Clarence Goes said. “But I was impressed by how we were dominating (possession); we just made some bad mistakes on defense.”

Defense figures to be a strength of East Union’s this year with most of its starters returning. And after graduating his top offensive talent, Goes wondered where the production was going to come from up top.

Sophomore Victor Garibay punched in the Lancers’ first goal in the 22nd minute off of Alexander Tapia’s cornerkick, and Alejandro Gonzalez accounted for the other two.

“We got some offense going,” Goes said. “I was happy with the performance, we just made a couple of crucial mistakes where we should have been marking better. But overall, not bad. We still have some stuff to work on. I’d like to see us finish better and communicate a little more.”

East Union had a chance to jump ahead just four minutes in. Juan Vazquez got behind the defense and deflected it off a player with the keeper out of position. The ball caromed back to Vazquez, who then knocked it off the left post.

Alexander Hernandez also bounced one off the left post with 10 minutes left in the opening half, and a Turlock defender got away with a handball in the penalty box just before halftime.

Reserve forward Juan Pablo Palomera had the best look. With five minutes left in the match, Palomera received a perfect cross inside the goal area but lifted his point-blank shot well over the crossbar.

East Union will look to rebound Saturday at rival Sierra’s 17th annual Timberwolves Cup. The Lancers’ first of three games in pool play starts at 9:30 a.m. against Orestimba.

Ripon 3, Argonaut 1

In Argonaut, Ripon freshman Arik Anaya left his mark just two minutes in with a goal. Bryant Macias added a goal and an assist — a cornerkick cross to Matt Ratto for a head shot.

Matty Gay chipped in with an assist.

“I was impressed with some of the stuff we were doing,” Ripon coach Jamie DeBruyn said. “For the most part we moved the ball around pretty well and marked well on the back line.”

Ripon next squares off with defending Sac-Joaquin Section Division V champion Linden on the road Tuesday.

Modesto 6, Manteca 1

At Lincoln Park, the visiting Panthers broke it open with three second-half goals in a two-minute span.

Manteca didn’t strike until the final minutes, when Vince Herrera dribbled past the back line and lofted it over the goalie’s head. The Buffaloes outshot Modesto 15-14, but coach Justin Coenenberg said his team didn’t take many quality shots.

“(Modesto) did a good job of spreading the ball and passing it,” he said. “We outshot them by one, but we never really got settled down.”

Manteca heads to Los Banos Tuesday.

Ripon Christian 0, Waterford 0

In Ripon, Knights keeper Ben De Ruiter shined to help preserve the tie, collecting 16 saves.

Scott Faure and Greg Mulder nearly broke the scoreless tie for Ripon Christian. Waterford began to dominate possession in the second half, but De Ruiter was able to repel the attack.

Franklin 4, Sierra 1

In Stockton, Sierra’s starting rotation fared well against the San Joaquin Athletic Association power but couldn’t find the net until the final minute.

David Reyes hooked up with Brian Gomez for the Timberwolves’ lone goal, and Franklin capped the final score just moments later.

“We started out a little slow, but once we settled ourselves we played the rest of the (first) half pretty well,” Sierra coach Jose Montes said. “In the second half we rotated players in and made a couple of mistakes here and there, but I saw some good things from our underclassmen.”

Sierra faces Franklin again Saturday at its own tournament. The match is scheduled to start at 8 a.m.

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