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Weston Ranch makes statement by beating Galt

Weston Ranch junior Arthur Garcia fights for the ball during a 5-2 victory over Galt.


POSTED September 6, 2013 1:19 a.m.

Weston Ranch proved a point during Thursday’s opening round of the 6th Annual Buffalo Cup Tournament.

The defending Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV runner-up Galt certainly got that point, as it suffered its first loss of the season, 5-2.

“We’re usually the team that puts the goals away,” Galt coach Rue Rodriguez said. “We’ve dominated all the games we’ve played thus far. (Weston Ranch) played a hell of a game. You can tell their chemistry was there and they took advantage of us sleeping.”

The Ranch (5-0-1) scored the first three goals and led 2-0 at halftime. Cougar sophomore Joseph Mayorca scored his team’s first and last goals of the contest.

Mayorca sealed the “W” in the 79th minute with an impressive one-on-one dribbling display inside the box. He crossed the Galt defender over three times before sticking it in the net.

“I was trying to get an open opportunity,” said Mayorca, a sophomore who has seven goals on the season. “I knew if I would have (taken) the first shot he would have blocked it. So I had to take a couple of (dribbles) and tried to get open.”

Mayorca’s second goal was less than two minutes after sophomore midfielder Esteban Paramo made the score 4-2 during minute No. 77.

Galt, which fell to 3-1-2, trailed by three and cut its deficit to one via back-to-back to goals in the 60th and 66th minutes.

Galt outshot WR 11-4 in the second half and tallied three other potential game-tying shots during that time it trailed by a score.

“Galt is a good team, and they came back,” Weston Ranch coach Francisco Cisneros said. “I think the Lincoln game (a 3-3 tie on Wednesday) helped us a lot. Instead of panicking, I think we’ve been there before and handled it. It was a good win for us.”

The final shot count was 13-13. Weston Ranch junior Arthur Garcia made it 3-0 in the 52nd minute after Kevin Medina assisted.

The Cougars’ second goal was scored by junior midfielder Hector Maldonado, who missed high a bicycle kick on the previous possession.

Maldonado sunk the shot from 29 yards out that completely froze the Galt goalkeeper.

“What a shot,” Cisneros said. “Some of our forwards are taking too long to take that shot. But Hector had a split second and he took it. I think it surprised the goalie. He never saw it coming.”

Goalkeeper Jose Andrade finished with 16 total saves for the Cougars, who will play against Petaluma Saturday morning at 10 a.m. at Manteca High’s Guss Schmiedt Field. The Ranch will then play in the championship game at 1:30 p.m., or in the third-place game at noon.

Manteca 6, Millennium 0

The Buffalo Cup host made easy work of Millennium.

Marcus Montano scored the first two goals of the game, the first assisted by Ramon Rodriguez. Kevin Rodriguez tacked on the Buffaloes’ third goal of the first half to make it 3-0 at the break.

In the second half, Jesus Ponce, Aron Navarrette and Braulio Solis all scored also. Ramon Rodriguez tallied the assist on Navarrette’s.

Manteca (3-0) plays Riverbank at 8:30 a.m. in the semifinals at Guss Schmiedt Field on Saturday.

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