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Buffs overcome slow start to beat Lathrop
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Lathrop High defender Ana Julia Ramirez tackles the ball free from Manteca striker Sammie Morris during Fridays Kicking for a Cure contest at Guss Schmiedt Field. - photo by JONAMAR JACINTO

Manteca did not have the opening few minutes that they would have liked, but had little trouble reasserting themselves as the dominant squad, reeling off four unanswered goals in a 4-1 Valley Oak League win Friday.

The contest was the 2nd Annual Kicking For Cancer themed game for the Buffaloes and the club did not disappoint. Lathrop opened the match with a goal in the first three minutes, but once Manteca answered in the 26th minute, the Spartans were unable to slow the Buffaloes’ momentum.

“Lathrop came out hard and we came out a little flat,” Manteca head coach Justin Coenenberg said. “In the second half we were able to make some adjustments and we came out much more intense.

“We started doing a better job of possessing the ball and moving with one touch.”

The Spartans got a goal from Stephanie Muriset in the game’s opening minutes and then went scoreless as the Buffaloes got a first half goal from Sammie Morris to tie things up.

Manteca completely dominated after the intermission, getting goals from Adaze Nkwocha (45th), Chenayi Tavaziva (52nd) and Tatiana Jimenez (65th).

The Kicking for Cancer theme featured Manteca playing in its pink uniform and with a pink ball. Fundraising was done on behalf of cancer research and was a hit.

“The Kick For Cancer was a definite success,” Coenenberg said. “It looks like we made a lot of money in the raffles and silent auctions.

“A lot of people contributed and helped out for the community so we were pretty happy about that.”