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Buff Cup host edges Petaluma with second-half comeback
Weston Ranch does battle with Grant in first-round action of the 4th Annual Buffalo Cup Friday at Manteca High - photo by HIME ROMERO

Giovanni Marin’s goal-scoring head ball with 10 minutes remaining vaulted Manteca High’s boys soccer team to a 2-1 comeback victory over Petaluma in the first round of their own 4th Annual Buffalo Cup tournament. Defender Oral Nunis set up the go-ahead play with a lofted through ball from deep.

Petaluma (0-2) struck first early in the second half on a cornerkick, and the Buffaloes knotted it when freshman Alex Hernandez connected with Ignacio Valdovinos on a set piece.

Petaluma held a 24-20 shot advantage in what was a fast-paced match, but the Buffaloes controlled most of the second half with improved possession play.

“We didn’t come out playing real great,” Manteca coach Justin Coenenberg said. “We played flat and (Petaluma) applied a lot of pressure. In the second half we were much better. I thought we possessed the ball well and had some nice 1-2 touches going.”

Manteca, which evens its record at 2-2, tomorrow Livingston at 9 in the morning will be well tested against undefeated Livingston (6-0) in the 9 o’clock semifinal match this morning at Guss Schmiedt Field. The other semifinal between Grant and Gustine will follow at 10:30.

The championship and consolation title matches are scheduled for 2 p.m., while the third- and seventh-place contests will take place at 12:30.

Grant 3, Weston Ranch 0

The Pacers of Sacramento (5-0-1) made a big statement to the rest of the field against the tournament’s three-time runner-up.

Weston Ranch, which fell to 0-3 on the season, faces Bret Harte at 10:30 this morning.