OAKDALE — East Union is going into winter break on a high note after outlasting Oakdale 2-1 on Wednesday.
The Lancers are off to a 2-0 start in the Valley Oak League (9-3-1 overall), winning both matches on the road this week. They’ll face Riverbank in a nonleague showdown next Thursday, Dec. 28 for what will be their second home game of the season. Their next VOL match is scheduled for Jan. 8 against visiting Weston Ranch.
“I told the guys this was almost a must-win — these were three points we had to get,” East Union coach Ronnie Green said. “We know that VOL is going to be real competitive this year, and getting a win in Oakdale is a daunting task. They’ve lost to some top-tier teams so their record does not look to great, but they’re a very solid team.”
All of the scoring was done in the first half, and Jacob Garcia was involved in both of the Lancers’ goals. He first struck with a header on a cross from Christian Tapia in the 21st minute. In the 31st, Garcia set up Oscar Soto’s goal that was taken from an awkward angle, sliding it between the goalie and the near post.
Oakdale (1-1, 4-6-2) snuck in its lone goal in the final seconds of the half. Trent Rivera came up with 11 saves while protecting the East Union goal.
“It was a physical game, but I thought we did very well against their corner kicks,” Green said. “We gave them 11, and against a big, physical team we were able to defend that.”
Sierra 4, Kimball 0
The Timberwolves (2-0-0, 6-3-1) had four different goal scorers in the lopsided win at Daniel Teicheira Memorial Stadium.
The barrage was jump started in style, with Brayan Nunez delivering a headed cross to Miguel Villasenor in the 17th minute. Kevin Mendiola doubled the lead in the 37th on an assist from Alex Cervantes.
Carlos Mendez converted on a breakaway nine minutes into the second half, and Shawn Bettencourt capped off Sierra’s dominant effort with a free kick in the 70th minute.
East Union 3, Oakdale 1
OAKDALE — East Union improved to 11-0-2 with its come-from-behind road win.
Oakdale drew first blood, but the Lancers answered with goals from Alberto Gomez and Christian Perez. Jonathan Ramirez punched in the insurance score late in the match.