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Defense does the deed for Manteca vs. Delhi
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DELHI — Abigail Rosas assisted the only goal in Manteca High’s 1-0 victory over Delhi, but it was the work of her and the rest of the defensive back line that impressed first-year coach Justin Coenenberg Friday.

Coenenberg highlighted Taylor Trout, Ysenia Rodriguez, Hilary Coleman, Rosas and goalkeeper Jimi Collins (eight saves) for recording their second straight shutout to start the preseason.

Rileigh Mankin scored in the 54th minute off a feed from Renee Munson, who collected the cornerkick from Rosas.

All in all, it was another all-around dominant performance for the Buffaloes (2-0) even though the final score indicates otherwise. Manteca had an overwhelming 30-8 edge in shot opportunities.

With Delhi unable to mount much of a threat on its attacking line, the countless near-misses could be forgiven this early in the season.

“We moved the ball well,” Coenenberg said. “I’m really happy with the way we played. I’m most happy with how many shots we had on goal, the finishing will come in time.”

Manteca will next face area powerhouse Ripon on the road Wednesday at 4 p.m.

Amador Tournament
Ripon 3, Argonaut 0
Ripon 3, Bret Harte 0
The Indians improved to 3-0 while making their way into today’s championship semifinals.

Renae McFadden scored twice and Lauren Goeppert had two assists in Ripon’s tournament opener against Argonaut. Meredith Perkins hooked up with Kallie Jacobs for the other goal.

Ripon broke a scoreless tie in Game 2 against Bret Harte, scoring three in a four-minute span. With six minutes to go, Jacobs returned the Perkins’ favor earlier in the day to jump start the late rally.

McFadden scored two more goals to put the Bullfrogs away. One of them was set up by standout midfielder Arial Anaya, who tweaked a knee against Argonaut and entered the second game late to spark the Indians.

Ripon faces tournament host Amador at 9 this morning, and the winner takes on the winner of the Golden Sierra-Union Mine at 7 p.m. for the championship.

— Jonamar Jacinto