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East Union closing in on VOL crown
Manteca, Sierra pick up big road wins to keep pace
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East Union’s girls soccer team gave up its second goal in Valley Oak League play during Monday’s 5-1 victory at Oakdale.

And there are only three games left to play.

It’s been that type of season for the Lancers (11-0, 17-1-2 overall), who are running away from the rest of the otherwise competitive VOL field. They can clinch an outright championship with a win at home Wednesday against Kimball.

Oakdale (5-4-1, 11-7-4) needed to win Monday’s match to remain in third place. The top three teams in league qualify for the Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV playoffs.

But it was East Union that played with both urgency and efficiency.

“That was a battle we rose up to after a couple consecutive lackluster showings,” East Union coach Jim Todd said.

Kayla Lamont blasted in East Union’s first two goals. She opened scoring in the 17th minute off an assist from sister Kianna Lamont. Kayla struck again 17 minutes later. After a corner kick from Selena daSilva, Isela Rivera corralled the ball touched it to Lamont for a 2-0 lead.

Rivera then scored her own goal, the first of two. Jill Kahler netted Oakdale’s only goal just before the end of the half, closing the Mustangs in 3-1.

Regina Dias helped put Oakdale away for good with a goal early in the second half, and Rivera punched in her second to cap the final score. Freshman Isabella Rivera contributed three goals, and Madison Meyer had one.

Goalkeeper Adrieanna Wood finished with 10 saves.

“I thought we had a rocky start before settling down to moving the ball to feet, sewing together consecutive masses and setting up high-percentage shots,” Todd said. “All after absorbing a lot of physical play while staying focused.”

Manteca 1, Sonora 0

In Sonora, the Buffaloes (7-1-2, 13-4-3) kept their dimming title hopes alive while further securing their postseason spot.

Sialei Manuleleua scored off an assist from Chenayi Tavaziva in the 43rd minute.

“I’ll take a 1-0 win any day,” Manteca coach Justin Coenenberg said. “We played a little sloppy, but we were on their half of the field most of the time. Sonora is a pretty tough team, and they really packed in their defense tonight.”

Manteca next hosts Lathrop Friday night and will hold its annual Kicking for a Cure event.

Sierra 2, Kimball 1

In Tracy, Asia Cortez assisted the ice-breaking goal and scored the eventual game-winner as Sierra (5-3-2, 9-5-4) completed a huge season sweep of Kimball. The Timberwolves, who also jump ahead of Oakdale for third place, now hold an advantage over Kimball (4-4-1, 12-5-1) in the tiebreaking process for a playoff berth.

Naomi Nunis was on the receiving end of Cortez’s assist in the eighth minute. Kimball knotted it with Taylor Hopkins’ goal in the opening minute of the second half. At around the midway point of the second half, Daisy Rivera connected with Cortez for the deciding score.

“Asia had one of her better games after we moved her to the top,” Sierra coach Manuel Pires. “Overall the team played really well. I thought the back line was outstanding, and even though we missed a couple of great chances our forwards also played very well. I am very pleased with how the whole team stepped up, especially in the second half.”


Oakdale 3, East Union 1

Maddie Yslava scored the lone goal for East Union in Monday’s battle for first place.