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East Union carrying 8-0 record as it begins title defense

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East Union’s Meghan Wallace controls the ball in the air as a Tracy defender closes in.

WAYNE THALLANDER/Special to the Bulletin

POSTED March 5, 2013 1:29 a.m.

East Union passed one last test Monday as it shifts its focus to defending its Valley Oak League championship.

The Lancers overcame a physical Tracy squad on the road to win 2-0 behind second-half goals from attacking standouts Isela Rivera and Meghan Wallace.

Tracy (1-2) offered East Union (8-0) a good gauge heading into league play. The Bulldogs split with other VOL contenders Sierra (3-1 win) and Oakdale (1-0 loss), and takes on another tonight in crosstown rival Kimball.

Head coach Jim Todd believes his Lancers area ready for the rigors of the VOL.

“This is a united, focused, disciplined team working on the basics for the team,” Todd said. “Nobody is giving less than 100 percent, and a few of them dig deep during games to display their amazing abilities.”

Rivera and Wallace were good examples of that.

Still scoreless by the 59th minute, Rivera broke the ice with a 35-yard blast that was lofted over the Tracy goalie. She set up the scoring play with a steal.

Just three minutes later, Wallace doubled the lead with a penalty kick.

Ashley Almeida and Anna Wood combined for the shutout at goal, marking the seventh of the season for the Lancers. They of course got help from a stout defensive line comprised of Rachel Sianez, Kianna Lamont, Alivia LeMay and Chloe Benham. Bella Rivera and Kayla Lamont provided stellar play at midfield.

East Union opens its VOL schedule Thursday night against visiting Lathrop. Kickoff is set for 6:30.

Manteca 7, Lincoln 0

The Buffaloes (7-2) put together their most impressive outing of the season with Monday’s blowout in Stockton. Lincoln (1-3), a contender in the Division-I San Joaquin Athletic Association last season, remains as the only team to score against VOL champion East Union. The Trojans lost to EU 3-2 on Feb. 25.

“Lincoln is usually a pretty solid program,” Manteca coach Justin Coenenberg said. “In years past we played some real close games, but we took it to gthem today. We did a good job of pressuring as a team. We forced a lot of turnovers and capitalized.”

Four-year standout Sialei Manuleleua was often in on the action. She finished with two goals and three assists.

Freshman Katie Locke contributed a goal and an assist. Leah Manuleleua, Esmeralda Cuenca, Chenayi Tavaziva and Anna Arriola scored onve apiece. Jasmine Basuil and Adaeze Nkwocha each had an assist. Kianna Brostow and McKenna Balmut split time at goal in the shutout.

The Buffs wrap up nonleague action at home today.

Sierra 4, Enochs 0

The Timberwolves (2-1-1) didn’t see Modesto Metro Conference powerhouse Enochs at its best Monday, and they took full advantage.

Naomi Nunis netted two goals and an assist, and Tiffany Quezada chipped in a goal and an assist and Sierra cruised to its second win. Alexis Young and Kyrstin Riley each recorded an assist.

“They’re a pretty good team, but they rested some of their kids,” said Pires, noting that Enochs was coming off a weekend tournament. “They’re coming to our tournament later this week, so we might see them at full speed then.”

Buffalo Cup

University 2, Manteca 1

The Red Devils of San Francisco got two first-half goals from Mikaela Symanovich and held off a late second-half charge from Manteca to prevail. They went on to win the tournament championship.

Leah Manuleleua accounted for Manteca’s lone goal.

“We played well at times but had some lulls that led to (University’s) two goals in the first half,” Manteca coach Justin Coenenberg said. “We did a better job in the last 15 minutes of the game. We had them on the ropes but were unable to score the equalizer.”

Atwater 1, Manteca 0

Alyssa Ruiz accounted for the lone goal, as Atwater (4-2-3) placed third in the 12-team tournament.

Lathrop 2, Orestimba 1

The Spartans (3-3-1) didn’t come away from the Buff Cup empty handed after starting with a loss and a tie on Friday.

Sierra Downum punched in a pair of goals, one of them assisted by Yaneli Avila. Goalkeepers Callia Morales and Edna Morales each posted three saves.


Tracy 6, East Union 1

Atalie Cardenas continued her hot early-season run, notching her 12th goal in the last four matches for East Union.

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