LATHROP — The Lathrop High girls soccer team was well on its way to a one-sided win over visiting Weston Ranch in the Spartans’ first Valley Oak League match of the season Wednesday when freshman phenom Kassandra Ceja lobbied for coach Jose Montes to send her back onto the field.
“She said she just wants to play and didn’t care where, so I put her back in at center mid on defense,” Montes said.
That still didn’t keep her from scoring. Ceja scored her sixth goal of the game with a long-range shot that sailed over the keeper, and the Spartans cruised to a 10-0 victory.
“Everything she touched was as goal,” Montes said.
Jessica McNair, also a freshman, contributed with a hat trick, and sophomore Sydney Garcia added one. Taylor Rose contributed three assists, while Lizbeth Sanchez had two.
“They’re going to key on those two players (Ceja and McNair) in league, so we’re working on team play,” Montes said. “Everything we did worked for us today, but not every game is going to be like that.”
Lathrop (1-0 VOL, 1-2 overall) will take the next few weeks off before resuming league play Jan. 4 and 6 against East Union and Sierra, respectively, both at home.
Sierra 3, Lincoln 0
STOCKTON — Kaleigh Doyle and Yasmin Ballew each tallied a goal and an assist, while Jadyn Shinn scored once as the Timberwolves (10-1-0) raced away from Lincoln (5-2-2) with a nonleague win.
Callie Crain worked 60 minutes at goal and finished with one save, while Michaela Bitle (five saves) completed the shutout.
Ripon Christian 2,
RIPON — Abby Buitrago struck in the 9th and 61st minutes to push the Knights (3-4-1) to victory. Rachel Oosterman assisted the insurance goal with a through ball.
Sierra 3, Lincoln 0
Eddie Aguilar, Chris Cortez and Joel Lemus each scored in the second half to lead Sierra (8-4-1) at Daniel Teicheira Memorial Stadium. Kevin Mendiola contributed a pair of assists, and goalie Saul Aguiniga recorded two saves.
Ripon Christian 0
RIPON — Ripon Christian (1-6) was competitive throughout, but Argonaut (2-7) was able to sneak in goals in the 65th and 77th minutes to come away with the win.
Knights keeper Josh Tatton had nine saves.