The East Union girls soccer team continued its dominant start to the Valley Oak League season with a 3-0 win over Kimball in Tracy Wednesday.
The Lancers (5-0, 11-1-2 overall) maintain their two-point edge over rival Manteca atop the standings, while Kimball (2-3, 9-4) suffered a staggering defeat that drops it into a fifth-place tie.
The match was there for the taking at halftime. It wasn’t until the second minute of the second half that EU delivered the first blow, as Isela Rivera finished off a shot set up by Regina Dias’ throw-in.
Freshman midfielder Marissa King took a nice pass from Megan Wallace to double the lead. And in the 66th minute, King struck again off a corner kick from Selena daSilva.
Freshman goalie Adrieanna Wood led EU’s fifth shutout in league play.
It was a physical contest that led to a few injuries for the Lancers. Several yellow cards were issued.
“Ultimately, I was proud of our composure and finish,” East Union coach Jim Todd said. “We had to find our sea legs adjusting to playing on (artificial) turf, and the intensity of our second half of play was something we’ve been working on.”
Manteca 6, Lathrop 0
Goalie Jimi Guibor opened scoring for the Buffaloes (4-0-1, 10-3-2) by converting a penalty kick. She also posted her sixth straight shutout.
“We were talking about how we haven’t attempted a PK all season during practice (Tuesday), and I said that if we get an opportunity Jimi is going to take it,” Manteca coach Justin Coenenberg said. “Sure enough, we get a PK two minutes into the game.”
Tatiana Jimenez netted two goals, and Sialei Manueleleua scored one and assisted Chenayi Tavaziva’s. Jessica Reeder also contributed a goal.
Sierra 1, Sonora 0
In Sonora, Sierra snuck away with a victory thanks to Jessica Cuenca’s goal assisted by Naomi Nunis.
It was a more dominant performance than the score indicates for the Timberwolves (2-2-1, 6-4-3), who finished with a 16-4 advantage in shot attempts.
“Sonora is a lot better than they have been the last couple of years, and it’s a tough place to play with their turf field,” Sierra coach Manuel Pires said. “We’ll take the win no matter what the score is. Three points for us at this stage in the season is very important.”
Oakdale 7, Weston Ranch 4
The Cougars (0-5, 0-10-1) gave the VOL’s defending champion all it could handle in the early going, battling the Mustangs (3-2, 9-5-3) to a 3-3 stalemate in the first half.
Sophomore Sandra Gonzalez scored twice in the first half for Weston Ranch and completed the hat trick in the 61st minute. Adriana Rodriguez chipped in a goal with a penalty kick in the 31st minute.
Ripon Christian 4, Delhi 1 (Tuesday)
Teagan Manus recorded a hat trick, while Vanessa Vallo came through with two assists. Rachel DeVries scored once, and Rachael Kinser pitched in an assist.
Gustine 2, Ripon Christian 1
Adri Van Groningen broke the ice early for the Knights (4-2-1, 9-5-1), bending a corner-kick cross for the goal.
Madalyn Adams and Stephanie Misquez each struck for a goal in the second half in Gustine’s comeback victory,
Sierra 3, Sonora 1
The Timberwolves (3-1-1) got one goal apiece from Kyrstin Riley, Maira Cruz and Itzel Castrejon.
East Union 2, Kimball 1
Sam Thermon assisted both of East Union’s goals, one to Kylee Fleckenstein and the other to Madalyn Ysalva.