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Polanco wins first game as East Union’s girls coach

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Polanco wins first game as East Union’s girls coach

East Union freshman Ilena Rivera lofts her direct kick over the Lincoln wall Monday at Dino Cunial Field.


POSTED March 4, 2014 2:18 a.m.

A two-goal lead was plenty wide enough for Victor Polanco to get every East Union player a chance to show their first-year head coach what they can do in a live match and under soggy conditions Monday night.

The Lancers ended up settling for the 2-0 win over visiting Lincoln of Stockton. The action was dominated by East Union no matter who was on the field, giving Polanco reason for optimism for the rest of the season.

“I wanted to see all the girls and how they play together,” said Polanco, who also leads EU’s boys soccer program. “I’m still looking for my 11 starters. We played pretty well. We were missing some passes but the girls are working on getting better. For the first game I think we did very well.”

Regina Dias, playing her first game for East Union since the end of the 2012 season, opened scoring midway through the opening half. Freshman Ilena Rivera followed with a goal about 10 minutes later.

Dias suffered ligament tears in a knee in the 2012 regular-season finale against Manteca, keeping her sidelined for volleyball and soccer in her junior year. 

“She’s looking pretty strong now,” Polanco said, adding that he limited Diaz to about 35 minutes.

Many of his standouts saw limited action Monday, including four-year starter Isela Rivera and sophomore Isabella Rivera — the older sisters of Ilena.  

The Lancers head to Buhach Colony (Atwater) on Wednesday before returning home for Friday’s contest with Tracy.


Manteca 3, Escalon 2

Freshman Lejla Pepic has accounted for five of Manteca’s seven goals to start the season. She followed Saturday’s hat trick with two more Monday against visiting Escalon.

Pepic struck in the 23rd and 26th minutes, and Leah Manuleleua knocked in a second-half goal off of Avigail Mayen’s assist.

Jasmine Basuil and Alyssa Burch split time at goal for the Buffaloes (2-0).


Manteca 4, Bear Creek 1

Pepic powered the Buffaloes with three goals in their season opener Saturday at Guss Schmiedt Field. She could have had an opportunity to net a fourth after drawing a foul in the penalty area. Senior Harleen Pabla capped scoring for Manteca.

The Buffaloes outshot Bear Creek 13-2, and goalie Ashlee Miller picked up two saves. Samantha Klump and Stephanie Gonzales contributed assists.


Sierra 2, Downey 1

Two freshmen lifted Sierra to victory at Daniel Teicheira Memorial Stadium.

Kaleigh Doyle fired her first varsity goal, and Kaleigh Doyle was credited with an assists. Seniors Jessica Cuenca and Daisy Fuentes added a goal and an assist, respectively. Sophomore keeper Emma Broderick tallied five saves.

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