TRACY — Two shutout wins propelled the East Union boys soccer team to the championship bracket of its inaugural Lancer Pride Cup at Legacy Fields Sports Complex.
The Lancers (6-1) kicked off pool play Friday morning with a 5-0 thumping of Fairfield and later used a second-half push to knock off Lodi. They’ll tangle with Livingston today at 10:15 a.m., while McClatchy faces off with Central Valley in the other semifinal. McClatchy did not meet Folsom in pool play but managed to outpoint the Sac-Joaquin Section’s No. 2-ranked team — according to MaxPreps — via tiebreaker.
The championship and third-place matches start at 2.
“No matter who makes the finals it’s going to be a great game,” East Union coach Ronnie Green said.
Jacob Garcia and Jesus Hurtado were the go-to strikers of the day. Garcia scored twice in each game and added a pair of assists against Fairfield. Hurtado totaled two goals and an assist.
East Union had its way with Fairfield in the early match. Tyler Soulier contributed a goal and an assist. Ulisses Garcia scored once.
Against Lodi, the Lancers didn’t break the ice until Garcia struck for two goals within the first 10 minutes of the second half. Oscar Soto had two assists, and Jorge Ochoa chipped in one.
“Lodi has a bad record but they’re playing top teams,” Green said. “They came out and played tough.”
Trent Rivera had three saves in the first game and was aided by defenders Edwin Mata, Oscar Avalos and Gerardo Gallegos in the clean sheets.
The Timberwolves (3-2-1) finished third in their group and will have a rematch with Linden today. They played to a 3-3 tie on Wednesday.
Sierra opened with a 2-0 loss to Grace Davis before downing Mountain House, 2-0. Brayan Nunez and Chris Cortez netted the Sierra goals in the first half.
East Union and Sierra could meet for the championship today if both win in the semifinals.
Louis Ruvalcaba had two goals in EU’s 7-0 drubbing of Fairfield. Christian Perez then scored both of the Lancers’ goals in a 2-0 win over Lodi. Goalie Fernando Ambriz preserved the shutouts.
Sierra routed Grace Davis and Mountain House by a combined 13-0 score.