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Central Valley no match for Manteca
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Manteca High’s soccer team scored three first-half goals on its way to a convincing 6-2 Valley Oak League win over Central Valley Thursday.

Airenne Curry notched the game’s first score in the 18th minute and teammate Sammie Morris would add a pair of breakaway goals in the 31st and 32nd minutes for a comfortable 3-1 lead. Manteca wouldn’t relax, adding another goal from Curry and Morris in the second half along with a score from Rileigh Mankin.

“We played pretty well,” Manteca head coach Justin Coenenberg said. “Central Valley has been playing the better teams pretty well. The word on them is they are a dangerous team, so I told the girls from the beginning of the game that this was a really a big game for us.

“We wanted to win this one going into spring break and we’ll surely use the time off to recover.”

Mankin assisted Curry’s first and last goals and tacked on her own via a penalty kick.

The Buffaloes will be back on the pitch next Thursday when they meet up with the Sonora Wildcats.

Sonora 3, Weston Ranch 2
WESTON RANCH – The Cougars jumped ahead with a first-half goal from Marissa Bradshaw, but could not hold on, falling to the Wildcats Thursday in VOL action.

Sonora responded quickly, putting two in the back of the net before the intermission for a 2-1 lead. Weston Ranch (2-3, 2-7-1) tied things up on a beautiful corner-kick goal from Jasmine Cortez, but their hopes for at least a tie faded when Sonora got a call at in the 72nd minute resulting in a penalty kick they would not miss.

“We played well tonight,” Weston Ranch head coach Carlso Gaspar said. “We just were missing some key players in the game. My girls continued to play hard and I’m proud of them for that.”

The Cougars will try and get things squared away when they travel to Oakdale to take on the Mustangs Wednesday.

Oakdale 9, Lathrop 0
LATHROP – The Spartans gave the effort, but proved incapable of keeping the Mustangs off the scoreboard in a VOL blowout Thursday.

“We had a good game and played hard for the entire contest,” Lathrop head coach Ryan Biedermann said. “Oakdale was just a very good team.”

The Spartans will try and right their wrongs when they travel to Manteca to meet up with the East Union Lancers Tuesday.

— Jagada Chambers