After a rebound goal by Manteca’s Madison Burch off of a shot by Kaley Miller for the lone first-half goal Monday, the Buffaloes tallied four second-half goals on the way to a 5-1 non-league girls soccer win over visiting Ripon in the season opener for both teams.
“We started out kind of sluggish,” Manteca coach Justin Coenenberg said. “We hadn’t played for a few days. We talked about some things and made some adjustments in the second half and we came out and played much better.
“There are a lot of new pieces out here. We are a very young team so it will take us a little while to start playing together.”
After her first-half shot clanged off the upright Miller got the second and third goals of the second half for the Buffaloes (1-0).
“It went really well,” Miller said. “For a brand-new team, starting the season off we played really well together and communicated well.”
Barely a minute into the second half Alexa Mayen took advantage of a relatively open net and later ended the night’s scoring when the Indians defense collapsed on Burch.
“The first goal I knew I had an open shot,” Mayen said. “I saw the goalie on one side so I decided to kick it.
“On the second one I saw Madison Burch pulling the defense away so I had an open space and I dribbled it in when I saw the goalie coming out.”
In the 52nd minute Aubree Pelon took an assist from Devaney Dougherty to draw Ripon (0-1) within 2-1.
“Playing Manteca is always a good game to come out to,” Indians coach Nichole Meyer said. “They are very competitive and probably one of the harder teams we will play all season long, including our own (Trans-Valley League), so I think they are good preparation for us.”
Ashley Pugh had nine saves for Ripon, and Aimee Meier had seven saves for Manteca.