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Buffaloe Bragging Rights
Manteca wins 2nd Annual Buff Cup
Lancer Megan Howley battles for the loose ball during East Union’s consolation championship run in the Buff Cup tournament. - photo by HIME ROMERO
The Manteca High varity soccer program is off to a grand start when it comes to accomplishing its goals, winning its 2nd Annual Buff Cup tournament title with a convincing 4-0 win over Bret Harte Saturday at Guss Schmiedt Field.

Manteca (4-2) played near flawless soccer over its two-day tournament, dominating the 8-team field to the tune of 18 goals scored and none surrendered.

“Overall, our girls were very happy,” Manteca head coach Justin Coenenberg said. “This was only our second annual tournament, but to win it was pretty big for us.”

The Buffaloes jumped all over Modesto High in their semifinal matchup, scoring three goals in the game’s first 20 minutes to assure themselves a spot in the championship. Airenne Curry netted the first goal in the fifth minute and scored her second of the contest just seven minutes later.

Sammie Morris and Sialei Manuleleua both would score in the first half, building Manteca a 4-0 lead by intermission. Curry was back to her antics immediately in the second half, joining Breanne Hatfield and Lacey Silva with goals to put the contest out of reach.

In the championship, Manteca used its same formula for success, netting an early goal and suffocating its opponents with team-defense. Jessica Reeder, Hillary Coleman, Abigail Rosas, Yesenia Rodriguez and Rileigh Mankin patroled the Manteca defensive area, keeping opponents offensive opportunitites to a minimum.

Jimi Guibor was phenomenal for Manteca, not surrendering a goal the entire tournament.

The effectiveness of Manteca’s defensive unit, coupled with an offense that displayed several threats gives the Buffaloes a squad worth noticing come Valley Oak League play.

“What pleases me is that the scoring is not coming from just one or two girls,” Coenenberg said. “We had 10 different girls score girls in this tournament, that alone is really good to see.

“We’re starting to gel a little bit and I feel like we have the pieces for a really good team.”

Rosas, Mankin and Manuleleua all netted goals in the championship, with Mankin scoring two.

Coleman, Mankin, Rosas and Manuleleua were all honored with All-Tournament Team selections.

The Buffaloes will try and extend its winning streak Monday when they make the trip to Hughson to take on the Huskies.

Weston Ranch 2, Modesto 1 (SO)
Bret Harte 1, Weston Ranch 0 (SO)
The Cougars could not cash in on an opportunity to land a championship berth when they dropped their penalty-kick shootout with the Bullfrogs 3-2.

Weston Ranch fought back, wining the third-place game against Modesto in the same penalty-kick shootout form.

“I’m proud of the way we played, from the very first game until Modesto,” Weston Ranch head coach Carlos Gaspar said. “My girls got better with each game in this tournament.

“We just had a bit of bad luck.”

East Union 8, Riverbank 0
East Union 8, Lathrop 0
The Lancers made sure if they were not going to be the tournament champions they would surely hold the consolation honors and that was the case after a pair of blowouts Saturday.

East Union (2-2-2) had little difficulty on day two of the tournament, taking advantage of nearly every scoring opportunity that presented itself.

“We were pleased with their ball movement and our effectiveness in setting up shot opportunities,” Lancer head coach Jim Todd said. “The chances to look at all players in action was nice too. We saw some great anticipation of teammate movement, and had the opportunity to move players around and try different formations.”

Megan Howley went off for four goals on the day, while teammate Ode Castillo made good on a pair, including a brilliant header. Salina deSilva dished out three consecutive assists in the consolation championship.

East Union’s Selena daSilva was honored on the All-Tournament team.

— Jagada Chambers