STOCKTON – Too little too late.
Sierra’s Callie Crain got the South on the board in the second half, but a six-goal deficit was too much to overcome as the North won 7-1 in the Ninth Annual San Joaquin Soccer Alliance girls all-star game at Delta College.
Crain will be attending Delta in the fall.
“This is my home ground now,” Crain said. “I have already been practicing with Delta and it is nice getting a chance to hang out with the girls.
“I can’t wait until next season. They made it to the Final 4 last year and we are going to try and make it to state this year.”
Yasmin Ballew joined Crain from the Timberwolves.
Gabriella Cruz, Jasmine Mejia, Natasha Honore and Mariana Huizar comprised the East Union contingent.
“This was great,” Mejia said. “We got to play with different people from our league and it was fun.”
Paola Aguila represented Weston Ranch
“I thought it was an interesting experience,” Aguila said. “My whole high school career was playing against these girls and this gave me an opportunity to see the girls I once saw as competition now as teammates.
Lancers coach Carlos Gaspar coached the South.
“This was nice,” Gaspar said. “We had a great time.
“We were able to practice one time for an hour or so and it was nice to see all this talent come together. It was a privilege to coach them.”
The North took a commanding 5-0 halftime lead with two goals from Edison’s Kiara Maque and a goal apiece from Bear Creek’s Alexis Brewah, Lincoln’s Alyssa Matson and Ben Holt Academy’s Alexandra Eusebio. Brewah and Eusebio added second-half goals.
“All these girls were committed to playing,” said North coach Jose Hernandez of Franklin of Stockton. “They were pumped up for this game.”
Spanish Springs 4, East Union 2
With a double header washed away Saturday, the two teams managed to get one game in with the Eagles (8-3) of Sparks, Nevada, taking advantage of first-inning miscues by the Lancers (8-3) for four runs in the opening frame.
“Walks and errors got us in that first inning,” East Union coach Gene Ballardo said. “After that we held them at bay and scored two runs. I am proud of the guys and we just have to limit innings like that first inning.
“They had their No. 1 guy committed to UNLV and I am glad we saw him. We squared some balls up on him which was a positive thing. They are a solid team.”
Zach White got the Lancers on the board in the first inning after leading off with a single and working his way over to third where Daniel Ruiz singled him home to make the score 4-1.
East Union’s Andrew Mount reached on an error in the sixth inning and made it around to score. Daniel Ruiz went 2 for 2 for the Lancers.