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Lancers rebound, outlast Oakdale
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The East Union Lancers saw the results of coming into a contest without a sense of urgency in their last Valley Oak League loss to Weston Ranch. That was not the case for the Lancers Monday, as they continually fought back to hand Oakdale High a 4-3 loss in VOL action.

The two clubs were deadlocked in a 1-1 tie at the half, and East Union flexed its muscle, outscoring the Mustangs 3-2 in the second half for the ever-so-important league win.

“Usually we play in a 4-4-2,” East Union co-head coach Allan Green said. “But with our injuries and other scenarios we went with a 3-4-3 and the kids weren’t really used to playing in that formation.

“In the second half we switched back to the 4-4-2 and you could tell that was the one they were used to playing in.”

East Union (8-3 VOL, 10-5-2 overall) got second half goals from Alfredo Solorzano, Ricardo Perez and Miguel Barbosa to pull past  the Mustangs. Domini Riella controlled the keeper position for the Lancers, recording eight saves for East Union in the win.

The Lancers will look to keep momentum on their side, meeting up with the Kimball Jaguars Wednesday, before closing VOL play with a visit from the Sonora Wildcats. A win in both contests would likely leave the Lancers on the road to the postseason and in second place for the VOL season.

East Union got quality debut action from Scott Fisher and Jairo Baires, both of whom were pulled up as roster fillers from the Lancers’ sophomore club.

Sierra 6, Kimball 1
The Timberwolves continue to look down on the remainder of the VOL with their convincing win over the Kimball Jaguars Monday.

Sierra (8-1-2) got first half goals from Aaron Montes, Dominic Alejandre and Erick Noriega on its way to a 4-0 halftime lead. Montes and Noriega would add goals in the second half to put the Jaguars away.

Sierra controls its own destiny from here on out, setting itself up for the VOL crown if they are able to win out the remainder of its schedule.

The Timberwolves next contest entails an always-challenging trip to Sonora to take on the Wildcats.

W. Ranch 3, Lathrop 1
The Cougar know that their chances of making a playoff berth do not exist if they don’t win out the remainder of their season, and the squad took care of their first challenge with a 3-1 win over Lathrop Monday.

Weston Ranch (5-5-1) strolled into halftime with a comfortable 3-0 lead behind goals from David Molina, Francisco Portillo and Elias Venegas. Lathrop was able to get on the board with a second-half header from Ricardo Morales assisted by Miguel Chavez.

Southern League
Denair 3, Ripon Ch. 1  
The Knights battled, but could not keep pace with Denair in a 3-1 Southern League loss Monday.

Denair built a 2-1 halftime lead, and used a goal late in the second-half to put Ripon Christian away for good.

“It was a very even match,” Ripon Christian head coach Keith Terpsma said. “Both teams had opportunities to score and Denair capitalized.”

Ripon Christian (1-10 SL) will try and get its second win of the season when they travel to Turlock to take on Turlock Christian Thursday.