East Union needed its defensive midfielder to jump start the attack Tuesday against visiting Weston Ranch.
Kianna Lamont finished off a corner-kick sequence for the Lancers’ first goal in the 30th minute, and she ended up with a hat trick as they rolled 5-0.
“She was pretty explosive,” East Union coach Jim Todd said.
Weston Ranch (1-3 Valley Oak League), playing inspired ball coming off a win over rival Lathrop, stifled East Union 3-1, 11-1 overall) in the early going, but it didn’t last for long.
Lamont struck again just five minutes into the second half for the first of four second-half Lancer goals. She completed the hat trick in the 63rd minute with her twin Kayla providing the assist. Isela Rivera scored once and assisted Kianna Lamont’s other two scores. Isabella Cardenas capped the final score, and Bella Rivera contributed two assists.
“Weston Ranch’s keeper smothered some good opportunities,” Todd said. “It wasn’t the best game for us, but it was a good second half. We were stringing together some possession play, which wasn’t the case in the first half.”
Manteca 3, Sonora 0
In Sonora, the Buffaloes (3-1, 11-3) were slow to start until Anna Arriola broke the ice with five minutes to go in the first half.
Esmeralda Cuenca and Adaeze Nkwocha each netted a goal in the second half. Stephanie Gonzalez and Chenayi Tavaziva chipped in with assists.
Kianna Brostow and McKenna Balmut combined for five saves in the shutout.
Oakdale 5, Lathrop 0
In Lathrop, the Spartans (0-4, 4-9-2) hung tough for a half before Oakdale (2-2, 8-4-2) broke away with four goals in the second stanza.
Lathrop had two goals negated by offsides infractions and had 11 shots on frame, so it could have been a different match. Sierra Downum attempted four shots, and goalie Calia Morales-Linnell recorded nine saves.
Kimball 4, Sierra 1
In Tracy, Sierra (1-2, 5-4-2) had trouble creating scoring opportunities with its striker Naomi Nunis out with a hyper-extended knee. Jessica Cuenca accounted for Sierra’s second-half goal, but the Jaguars (3-0, 11-0) were comfortably ahead 3-0 by the break.
Taylor Hopkins, Amber Lennier and Kayla Pereira each scored for Kimball.
Manteca 3, Sonora 1
Esperanza De La Riva netted a pair of goals, one of which was assisted by her sister Sandra. Julianna Penera connected with Ashlee Miller for the match’s first goal.