TRACY — The East Union boys soccer team rallied for three goals in the final 15 minutes Wednesday to knock off Tri-City Athletic League runner-up Tracy, 4-1.
“It was a very big win for our program,” East Union coach Ronnie Green said. “We’ve started the season out against mostly large-school opponents.”
The host Bulldogs (2-1) opened scoring off a corner kick in the 19th minute. East Union (4-1) answered two minutes later with Eduardo Gonzalez’s one-touch laser shot set up by Jacob Garcia from the top of the penalty kick.
“That changed the momentum of the game,” Green said. “Tracy dominated possession for much of the first half, and I think we did for the second half.”
Garcia assisted the go-ahead goal in the 75th minute. He broke away on the right sideline and delivered a back-post cross to Christian Tapia. Then in the final two minutes, Jesus Hurtado and Tyler Soulier put it away with penalty kicks.
Tracy outshot the Lancers, but Trent Rivera came up with six saves to keep his team in it throughout.
East Union opens its inaugural two-day Lancer Pride Cup against Fairfield on Friday at Legacy Fields in Tracy.
Edison 4, Weston Ranch 3
STOCKTON — The Cougars (0-5-1) battled back from a two-goal deficit to tie it at 3-3 with Robert Gonzalez’s goal in the 78th minute, but for the second straight match they were done in by the deciding goal in the 80th.
A last-second goal in their previous match with Linden forced a 2-2 stalemate.
“Our team is finally starting to understand their roles in our system of play,” Weston Ranch coach Francisco Cisneros said. “We were able to score three goals in a span of 15 minutes and possessed the ball well, we just have to close out games a little better.”
Mario Martinez got the Cougars on board with a goal in the 63rd minute off a feed from Gonzalez, cutting the Edison (3-0) lead to 2-1. After another Vikings score, Vidal Garcia answered in the 74th minute.
Sierra 2, Linden 2
Chris Cortez scored in the fifth minute for host Sierra (1-1-1), and Brayan Nunez buried a penalty kick in the 53rd for the draw.
The Timberwolves’ frosh-soph squad won, 5-1.
Manteca 2, Sonora 1
SONORA — All of the damage was done in the opening half, with Kaley Miller and Kaitlynn Funsch scoring the goals for the visiting Buffaloes (2-2). Alexa Mayen assisted Funsch’s goal.
Freshman Mikaela Patterson recorded the goal for Sonora (1-1-1).
Weston Ranch 1, Chavez 1
STOCKTON — At Chavez, Weston Ranch (2-4-1) was able to salvage a tie with a penalty-kick goal from Selena Landin in the 32nd minute. Alma Leal converted a PK of her own in the 28th minute for Chavez (0-1-1).
Aliyah Guerrero came up with six saves for Weston Ranch, which totaled 22 shots.
East Union 4, Tracy 1
TRACY — Christian Perez spearheaded the Lancers’ dominant effort with two goals. Jonathan Ponce and Manuel Garcia added one apiece.
Noe Martinez and Alberto Gomez anchored the team from their midfield positions.
Edison 2, Weston Ranch 1
STOCKTON — Dannick Hernandez booted in the lone goal for the Cougars.
Weston Ranch 2, Chavez 1
STOCKTON — Angelique Moreno (Crystal Chavez assist) and Kiara Simpson fired one goal each to propel the Cougars (1-1) to victory.
Goalkeeper Lizbeth Perez turned in five saves.