A single tie in any of its final three regular-season matches will be good enough for East Union to wrap up the Valley Oak League championship.
Ask the Lancers, and they tell you it won’t be good enough. They waxed scrappy Weston Ranch 6-0 at Dino Cunial Field on Wednesday to move one step closer to their first crown since 2011.
“I told the boys that all we need is a tie and they said, ‘Nope. We want to win every single game,’” first-year head coach Edgar Zelaya said.
East Union (10-0-1, 15-1-3 overall) can seize the outright championship at Kimball on Monday, but tougher matches follow with cross-town rivals Sierra and Manteca.
Six different players scored against the Cougars (2-6-2, 4-10-5): Hector Romero, Jesus Hurtado, Zachary Hernandez, Cameron Chapman, Jonathan Quintana and Giovanni Padilla. Daniel Gomez contributed two assists, and goalkeeper Jose Modesto picked up four saves.
“Weston Ranch is a tough team, they’re not easy to play,” Zelaya said. “The first half was really close. Our defense was able to stop them but they were still fighting.”
Ripon 3, Escalon 3
ESCALON — Call it an upset for the visiting Indians (3-3-1), who has handed Escalon (7-0-1, 14-0-2 overall) its only blemish of the Trans-Valley League season so far.
Thomas Sidtikun sparked Ripon early with a first-minute goal and later buried the deciding equalizer in the second half. Jordan Duran gave the Indians their second lead midway through the first half
It was a far different result than the 7-2 loss Escalon previously dealt them.
“We contained their center mids better and had more communication in the back line,” Ripon coach Bryant Macias said. “We pressed them every time they had the ball.
“The quick goal Thomas scored had the guys motivated,” he added. “That helped give us a better mentality about the game.”
Oakdale 6, Lathrop 0
OAKDALE — Although the Spartans (0-10-1 VOL, 4-13-2 overall), Lathrop coach Alfredo Reynaga is optimistic for the rest of the season.
“Although we are losing, this group of kids is starting to have fun again,” Reynaga said. “We have dealt with a lot of adversity in losing a lot of players since the beginning of the season, and now we appear to be refreshed. I am optimistic for the next few games.”
The Spartans’ frosh-soph team lost 5-0.