Manteca’s Kaley Miller called her shot Friday night.
After a scoreless first half, Miller had one goal under her belt when in the 51st minute as she was taking the ball to the end line, she pointed to the middle of the field. Teammate Cameron Silva broke to the middle, took the pass from Miller and blasted it into the net to give the No. 3 Buffaloes a 2-0 win over No. 11 East Union in Sac-Joaquin Section Division III girls soccer quarterfinal action at Guss Schmiedt Field.
“I wanted the negative ball since there wasn’t anyone else in the box besides the goalie,” Silva said. “Kaley got me the perfect ball and I was so surprised I made that and I was so happy.”
Miller got Manteca (19-2-4) on the board six minutes into the second half when she converted an assist from Esmeralda Ochoa and fired it across and into the net.
“We practiced on goals like that second one a lot,” Miller said. “I saw Cameron wide open and I told myself she had better get there and she did. It was a solid goal.
“I told myself before scoring that first goal that this was not going to be our last game and I had that in my head.”
The Buffaloes outshot the Lancers (9-11-2) 16-7. It was the third meeting of the season between the two cross-town rivals, with Manteca winning all of them.
“We were a little sloppy in the first half,” Manteca coach Justin Coenenberg said. “We ended up playing a little kickball. The last time we played them the reason we were so effective is because we were able to settle things down, control the midfield and string some passes together.
“We talked at halftime, and we didn’t get sucked into the kickball, we settled down, strung some passes together and we were able to kind of out-possess them a little bit, control the game and make some more opportunities.”
After posting six shots in the first half, East Union only got off one shot in the second half.
“We had a lot of heart,” Lancers coach Carlos Gaspar said. “We have one of the best players in the league in Taylor McMahon and I started with her on defense, but in the end we made two mistakes that cost us two goals.
“We never gave up. We did the best we could but they were the better team tonight.”
The Buffaloes advance to a semifinal contest in Merced on Tuesday night at 6 against No. 2 El Capitan, which edged Kimball 3-2 on a last-minute goal.