East Union is starting to peak at the right time.
On Thursday, the Lancers improved on their Valley Oak League mark to 10-1-2 after a 7-1 rout of visiting Sonora.
“It was Senior Night, and three of my seniors scored goals,” East Union head coach Jim Todd said. “Our chemistry has improved and it was a great way to finish at home. Now I’m hoping we’ll get to host a postseason game here at EU.”
East Union, which built itself a 3-1 halftime lead over Sonora, sealed up its fate for a second-place finish in the VOL not to mention a Sac-Joaquin Section playoff berth.
“Kimball has two make-up games this week,” Todd said. “They have Sonora, Lathrop and Oakdale – and it would be an act of God for them to lose (twice). I think we have second place locked, and Manteca is still in the mix.”
East Union’s senior twins, Kianna and Kayla Lamont, both scored goals. Taylor Rose, Marissa King, Erica daSilva, Meghan Wallace and Adrieanna Wood all found the back of the net as well. The Lamont sisters both had assists, as did Rose and Aly Leece (2). Isabella Cardenas had an assist as well.
Sonora (4-8 VOL, 7-9 overall) scored its only goal on a penalty kick to make it 3-1. EU, which is only playing with 16 players on the squad, scored its final four goals unanswered to end the contest.
“Overall, it was our best the team has played together,” Todd added. “Just across the roster, everyone played great games. There was a lot of synergy.”
East Union will wrap up its VOL schedule on Tuesday against Manteca, in what will be a must win for the Buffaloes.
In the frosh-soph game, Alexis Phillips of the Lancers led her club with two goals as they cruised past Sonora, 6-0.
Oakdale 3, Manteca 0
Manteca suffered a tough blow and came up short against Oakdale on the road.
Now it will likely have to win in its season finale on Tuesday against crosstown rival East Union if it plans on making an appearance as the third team from the VOL in the Sac-Joaquin section playoffs.
“I’m assuming if Oakdale loses to Kimball and beats Sonora, I think we have to beat East Union to make the playoffs,” Manteca head coach Justin Coenenberg said. “We have to win to get it in…if I’m looking at everything correctly.”
Oakdale scored its first goal in the seventh minute and led 1-0 at halftime. Midway through the second half, the Mustangs (8-4 VOL, 14-6-1 overall) scored two goals within a ten-minute span to pull away.
Sierra 6, Lathrop 0
Sydnee Canales had two goals and an assist as Sierra cruised past Lathrop in VOL play Thursday.
Sierra improved to 5-6-2 in league, 9-8-4 overall. Tiffany Quezeda, Asia Cortez and Jessica Cuenca each finished with a goal and one assist for the T’Wolves, who led 3-0 at halftime. Canales and Cuenca fired 16 of Sierra’s 41 total shots on goal.
Kimball 4, Weston Ranch 0
Weston Ranch fell to 2-9 in the VOL, 3-10 overall following a shutout loss against Kimball Tracy in which it was held to no shots on goal.
Kimball improved to 8-0-1 in the conference and were led by Micah Madison (31st), Eliana Mendoza (30th), Marissa Paz (13th) and Abigail Dyer (1st). Weston Ranch, which received seven saves from Leslie Mayorga, will wrap up VOL play on Tuesday at Sierra at 6 p.m.
Ripon Christian 6, Le Grand 0
Kaylie Colyn came up clutch with a pair of scores and guaranteed Ripon Christian at least a share of the TVL title after knocking off Le Grand.
Vanessa Vallo also had a couple of scores, while Teagan Manus and Rachel Van Duyn accounted for the Knights’ other two scores. Manus and Ellen Blankers each had an assist, while goalie Bryanna Heida finished with two saves in the net. RC, which is eying its first Southern League title in school history, led 3-0 at the halftime break.
“The strength of the team this year has been the quality of the depth of our team,” RC head coach Kevin Tameling said. “It has been a challenge to find enough time on the field for each of the players, and that’s a good problem to have.”