The Manteca High girls soccer team’s “Kicking for a Cure” game has been postponed with rain expected to hit the area Friday night.
Head coach Justin Coenenberg said the contest has been moved to Thursday, Feb. 7 with junior varsity and varsity start times set for 4:30 and 6 p.m., respectively. The Buffaloes (4-3-3 Valley Oak League, 7-7-5 overall) will face Weston Ranch (0-10, 1-18) at Guss Schmiedt Field.
Proceeds from this year’s fundraising event will benefit MHS teacher Amy Gross, who has been diagnosed with stage IV non-smoker lung cancer. Money is raised through a raffle, silent auction and concession and gate sales.
The annual benefit began in 2011 with a season-opening non-league contest against Hughson. It initially served as a breast cancer awareness event that honored local breast cancer survivors, with half of the proceeds going to the American Cancer Society.
The focus has since shifted to local youth afflicted by various forms of the disease, starting with Riley Simmons in 2013 followed by Noah Valdez, Destiny Herrera, Isaac Flores, Amiyah Victoria Lopez and Emma Lockwood.