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East Union gets best effort from Weston Ranch

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POSTED February 2, 2018 2:04 a.m.

East Union may have won, but Weston Ranch coach Gabe Padilla was ecstatic for his team’s tough play Thursday in the 2-0 Valley Oak League loss at Dino Cunial Field.
The Cougars (0-10-1, 3-17-2 overall) have struggled to keep pace with the top teams in league and was previously torched by East Union, 9-0. The Lancers (8-1-2, 13-4-2) moved into a second-place tie with Manteca with the victory.
Junior goalie Aliyah Guerrero shined brightest in the match, racking up 20 saves as East Union fired off 26 shots.
“My goalkeeper was an absolute stud tonight,” Padilla said. “I’m super proud of her and all of my girls. They wanted to leave everything out on the field tonight and it showed.”
East Union jumped ahead in the 21st minute when Jasmine Mejia finished a breakaway set up by Gabriella Cruz. Natasha Honore put away the insurance goal in the 65th minute with a header off Hailey Sims’ cross.
Weston Ranch had few chances at scoring but came close to tying it in the closing moments of the first half when two short-range shots were deflected by defenders following a corner kick.
“It was not the performance I was looking for,” East Union coach Carlos Gaspar said. “I want to give credit to Weston Ranch, because they came out strong today and had a real good performance by their goalie. She was the player of the game.”
Gaspar credited his defense for keeping the sheet clean, particularly reserves Alexis Smith and Daisy Cruz for filling in for sick and injured starters.

Oakdale 4, Lathrop 2
OAKDALE — The Mustangs (3-6-2, 7-8-2) needed two unanswered goals in the second half to avoid an upset.
Lathrop (1-9-1, 4-10-2) was able to tie it up twice on breakaway scores from Kassandra Ceja, the second of which was set up by a through ball from Emily Rubacalva.

Waterford 2,
Ripon Christian 1
WATERFORD — The reigning Southern Athletic League champion Knights (7-3-1, 10-8-1) are suddenly in danger of not making the playoffs after suffering their third straight defeat.
Waterford (7-3-1, 7-4-1) took a two-goal lead in the first 15 minutes, and Ripon Christian answered in the 20th when Rachel Oosterman finished a cross. The Knights did not allow a shot attempt in the second half after giving up six in the first.
“We came out a little slow and disorganized,” RC coach Kevin Tameling said, noting that he was missing center midfielder Taylor Alger to an injury. “The girls played very well in the second half, but we couldn’t finish our opportunities.”

East Union 11,
Weston Ranch 0
Melanie Gonzalez and Jennifer Lopez each scored twice in the lopsided affair.
The Lancers also got one goal apiece from Ileana Carrillo, Tiffany Liebelt, Jasmine Mast, Maya Retamoza, Kassandra Rios, Selena Medeiros and Vanessa Markham.
For Weston Ranch, goalies Kiara Simpson and Angelina tallied nine and five saves, respectively.

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