Returning standouts Isela Rivera and Meghan Wallace each collected four goals and two assists over two days, and East Union went on to complete a championship run in the Pitman Extreme Spring Tournament Saturday in Turlock.
Wallace ended her torrid four-match stretch with a first-half goal against Turlock in the title round. It was all the dominant Lancers (5-0) needed as they rolled, 3-0. Wallace later assisted Bella Rivera’s 40-yard blast, and Isela Rivera capped the final score with a penalty kick.
As impressive as they were on the attack, the Lancers also shined on the back end. The goalkeeping tandem of Anna Wood and Ashley Almeida kept the sheets clean all tournament.
“We were pleased with the outcomes, but more importantly I was pleased by the confident movement over the four games,” EU co-head coach Jim Todd said. “We tried some different systems of play, and we liked being able to see players in a variety of positions. Both goalies look sharp, and a streamlined roster shared playing time.”
East Union opened with a 6-0 thumping of Bret Harte on Friday. Wallace and Isela Rivera kicked off their goal-scoring barrage by alternating to net the team’s first four of the tournament. The Lancers went on to blank Livingston 5-0, and prevailed in a hard-earned 2-0 win over Merced on Saturday Morning.
Other contributors on offense were Taylor Rose (3 assists, goal), Bella Rivera (2 goals, assist) Kayla Lamont (2 assists, goal), Maddy Yslava (goal, assist), Alivia LeMay (goal, assist), Rachel Sianez (assist), Isabella Cardenas (goal) and Erica daSilva (goal).
Rebekah Bonds, Kianna Lamont and Chloe Benham were part of the stout defensive rotation.
East Union 3, Lincoln 2
In Stockton Monday, sophomore Alivia LeMay helped the Lancers (5-0) remain unbeaten with a direct-kick goal in the 72nd minute after Meghan Wallace drew a foul in Lincoln territory.
East Union started off well, as Taylor Rose broke the ice in the 10th minute working off a feed from Wallace. Five minutes later, Rose found Wallace with a throw-in for the next score. The host Trojans answered with goals in the 22nd and 57th minutes.
East Union outshot Lincoln, 15-3. The frosh-soph squad also won, 5-0.
Manteca 5, Hughson 0
The Buffaloes won their third straight to start the season Monday.
Sialei Manuleleua led the way with two goals and two assists, including one to freshman sister Leah. Sammie Morris opened scoring in the second minute, and Chenayi Tavaziva scored off a Jasmine Odell assist in the second half.
“We didn’t play a great 80-minute game,” Manteca coach Justin Coenenberg said. “We looked pretty good at times, we moved the ball well and created some good scoring opportunities, but other times we looked flat.”
Manteca 2, Bear Creek 0
Sisters Sialei and Leah Manuleleua each scored in the Buffaloes’ Saturday morning contest. Chenayi Tavaziva added an assist.
Chavez 2, Lathrop 1
Arianna’s Sandoval penalty kick, awarded after a Lathrop player was whistled for a handball in the box, made up the difference of Saturday’s nonleague match in Lathrop (0-2).
Faviola Garcia netted the Spartans’ goal, with Stephanie Maduli earning the assist.