Manteca’s boys soccer team wasn’t a kind wasn’t a kind host to its first opponent in the 9th Annual Buffalo Cup on Friday.
The Buffaloes conquered Big Valley Christian of Modesto 10-0, outshooting the Lions by a gaping 36-0 margin in the process. They’ll face River City of West Sacramento in the winners-bracket semifinal this morning at 8. The victor advances to the championship round set for 2 p.m. The third-place game is scheduled for 12:30.
Aron Navarrette recorded a hat trick for Manteca (3-0) and started off by netting the first two goals of the game. Palo Noriega and Edgar Oropeza added two goals apiece. Alexis Ochoa, Alexis Lopez and Elvis Jimenez each chipped in one.
Everardo Velasquez assisted three of the first four goals. Erik Ruelas had two assists, and Ramon Rojas had one.
East Union 5,
The Lancers (1-1-1) could be on the road to an early rivalry match after routing Summerville in the first round of the Buffalo Cup.
Daniel Gomez accumulated two goals and two assists. Giovanni Ruelas contributed a pair of assists, while Hector Romero, Jesus Hurtado and Zachary Hernandez each found the net for a goal. East Union led 3-0 at halftime and played reserves for the entire second half.
Up next is Galt powerhouse Liberty Ranch (2-1), which downed Bret Harte 4-1 on Friday.
Gregori 4, Sierra 3
One night after the Timberwolves (1-1) celebrated the 400th career win for head coach Manuel Pires, they were dealt their first loss of the season Friday at Daniel Teicheira Memoral Stadium
Sierra held a 3-2 lead in the second half when Yasmin Ballew rebounded a deflection off the keeper Gregori, the reigning Modesto Metro Conference champion, answered with two unanswered goals to escape with the victory.
Jadyn Shinn assisted first-half goals for Daisy Valencia and Kaleigh Doyle.
“That’s why we have some really tough teams in our preseason schedule,” Pires said. “We want to see what our strengths and weaknesses are and we obviously have a lot of work to do. We have to give (credit) to Gregori, their goalie made a lot of big saves and they’re a very good team, but we can’t give up four goals and expect to win.”