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East Union wins VOL opener; awaits Sierra
East Union midfielder Regina Dias chases down the through ball ahead of Lathrops Jeny Victoria (5) and Sierra Downum - photo by JONAMAR JACINTO

East Union’s girls soccer team is back on track after suffering its first loss of the season last Saturday.

At Mossdale School Wednesday, five different Lancers scored in a 5-0 victory over host Lathrop High. The Valley Oak League opener served as a good tune-up for Friday’s big match with rival Sierra at Dino Cunial Field.

“I enjoyed seeing execution of what we’ve been practicing and the chance to see a number of players in different positions,” East Union coach Jim Todd said, adding that his team is closing in on full strength.

East Union dropped a 1-0 decision to Modesto Metro Conference power Enochs during its own three-team, round-robin jamboree on Saturday. The Lancers (1-0, 7-1-2 overall) rebounded with a 4-1 victory over Pitman, another top-flight Division-I team out of the Central California Conference.

On Wednesday, Selena daSilva, Alexandra Lecce, Isabella Rivera, Rachel Sianez and Megan Wallace netted one goal apiece. Maddy Meyer contributed two assist, while Kayla Lamont and Taylor Rose had one each.

East Union hosts Sierra Friday at 6:30 p.m.

Manteca 1, Kimball 0

The Buffaloes (7-2-1) declared themselves as a contender in league with Wednesday’s big victory at Guss Schmiedt Field. Kimball (7-2) is considered a serious threat in just its third varsity season.

Sialei Manuleleua scored the lone goal in the 33rd minute.

“Kimball and East Union seem to be the talk of the league lately, so we wanted to come out and show people that they should not forget about us,” Manteca coach Justin Coenenberg said.

Manteca fended off a torrid start from Kimball, which attempted 17 of its 22 shots in the first half. The Buffaloes finished with 15 shots, with only four coming in the opening stanza. Keeper Jimi Guibor stayed busy in the Buffs’ goal box, tallying 19 saves.

“(Kimball) came out and completely dominated us in the first 20 minutes,” Coenenberg said. “Our defense held strong, and I think they may have gotten frustrated while our confidence was growing. We played much better in the second half and missed some good opportunities (to score) near the end.”


Manteca 5, Kimball 2

Fechi Nkwocha powered the Buffaloes with a hat trick, while Alyssa Dezell and Ruby Talaverez added one goal each.