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Buffaloes blow past Los Banos
Manteca High’s Airenne Curry made her presence felt early in Manteca’s Buffs Cup win over Los Banos Friday.
The Manteca High varsity soccer team wasted little time separating itself from its opening-round opponent of the 2nd Annual Buffalo Cup, blowing past Los Banos in a hurry with a 7-0 win Friday at Guss Schmiedt Field.

Airenne Curry found the back of the net in the game’s 8th minute, kicking off a Manteca scoring barrage that would last the entire contest. Sialei Manuleleua scored the Buffaloes’ next goal and then assisted on a pair, leading Manteca to a 4-0 halftime lead.

“I am very pleased with our girls, especially since we haven’t started games very well this season,” Manteca head coach Justin Coenenberg said. “In the first 12 minutes of the game we had three goals. We did a great job in the middle with Rileigh (Mankin) and Jessica Reeder, and up front, five of our seven goals came from freshman.

“That is always nice to see.”

Sammie Morris netted the Buffaloes’ third goal, while Taylor Teixeira made good on two shots to go along with a pair of assists. Mankin would close out the Buffaloe’s scoring with a goal in the 67th minute.

Manteca will try and close out tournament play with a title, but they will first have to get past Modesto High at 9 a.m. today.

“Our goal is definitely to win this tournament,” Coenenberg said. “We took third last year in this tournament, so we actually made it one of our goals to take first in our tournament.”

Bret Harte 2, East Union 1 (SO)
The Lancers held a 1-0 lead with just under 12 minutes to go in regulation, but the Bullfrogs would not quit, tying the game up and then winning 3-0 in the shootout, pushing East Union.

East Union’s Kiana Lamont took advantage of as assist from her sister Kayla Lamont, scoring the game’s only goal up until that point. The Lancers’ chance at a win looked strong until Bret Harte won the battle to a long pass and got off a shot to tie things up with six minutes to play.

“We felt like we displayed some good ball movement,” East Union head coach Jim Todd said. “Some of the things that we have been working on with the passing and communication I saw us putting into action. Our shot total far outweighed theirs; their first shot in the second half was the goal they scored.

“We’d rather play the better teams versus worse teams and they were a good team.”

East Union (0-2-2) will continue tournament play with consolation action at 10:30 a.m.

Pleasant Grove 2, Weston Ranch 1
The Cougars caught a break when Pleasant Grove forfeited its opportunity to advance in the championship bracket, giving Weston Ranch a second-round championship bracket game against Bret Harte.

The Cougars got on the board in the first minute of the game when Wafa Hafa took possesion of the ball and single-handedly put her team on the scoreboard with her first goal of the season.

“We came out and scored that first goal and then we got comfortable with the lead and we fell apart,” Cougar head coach Carlos Gaspar said. “We had a chance on a break with about two minutes to go, but we couldn’t convert.”

The shot sailed just above the crossbar.

Weston Ranch will have another crack at it at 10:30 a.m.

— Jagada Chambers