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Lancers coast after Ranch strikes first
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An upset appeared to be in the making during the first 20 minutes of Monday’s Weston Ranch-East Union girls soccer match at Dino Cunial Field.

In the 17th minute, Marissa Bradshaw put visiting Weston Ranch ahead by a goal after Jasmine Quintero’s initial shot off a direct kick bounced off the crossbar.

“I was kind of getting the feeling that maybe something was in the air,” said Francisco Cisneros, who is still in search of his first Valley Oak League win as Weston Ranch’s co-head coach.

“Unfortunately, it did not turn out that way.”

Behind freshman Isela Rivera’s outstanding play on the attacking third, East Union pulled out the expected rout by a 6-1 score.

But not before leaving an impression.

“Weston Ranch has some good players at both levels and brought a match,” East Union coach Jim Todd said. “That initial goal was an eye-opener.”

Rivera produced a rare double-hat trick of sorts, scoring three times and assisting three goals to add to her area-best totals of 22 goals and 19 assists.

Shaun Nash knotted the score for East Union (6-1-3, 13-4-3 overall), and Meghan Wallace put the Lancers ahead for good. Gina Dias added a goal, and Eliana daSilva and Stephanee Sabala each contributed an assist.

“We were mixing the roster all over the field and battling to play our game of possession and distribution,” Todd said. “I was pleased with most of our game with our control.”

East Union hosts Oakdale Wednesday night for a battle between two title contenders, while Weston Ranch (0-8-2) looks to avenge a previous loss to Lathrop on the road.

Trans Valley League

Ripon 1, Hughson 0

The Indians (5-1-2, 7-5-3 overall) overtook Hughson for the top spot in league following their anticipated make-up match at Park View Elementary.

The loss is the first for Hughson (4-1-3, 7-6-3) in league play, which further crowds a heated race for the championship that also involves Escalon and Hilmar.

Emily Lewis scored the lone goal off a pass from Sidtia Sidtikun. The defensive line of Brianna Mortimer, Anna Hermasillo, Rose Beeler and Yvonne Serrano keyed the shutout.

The Huskies won’t have to wait long for the rematch, as Ripon visits today.

Southern League

Ripon Christian 5, Gustine 0

In Gustine, the Knights (9-2-1, 16-4-1) clinched a Sac-Joaquin Section Division-V postseason berth while keeping pace with first-place Mariposa in the title hunt with two games remaining.

Rachael Kinser and Natalie Van Groningen each had a goal and an assist to lead the way. Ashley Roberts, Kirsten Lown and Jill Koetsier accounted for the rest of Ripon Christian’s goals, and keeper Beth Van Vliet came up with three saves.