The East Union girls soccer team was right in the fight, going into the intermission trailing host Vista del Lago 2-1. in Folsom. The Lancers proved unable to match the Eagles the rest of the way, getting outscored 2-0 over the last 40 minutes to end their season with a 4-1 Sac-Joaquin Section Division-IV Soccer Championships loss Tuesday.
Vista del Lago rode the formula for success that has held it together all season, getting a two-goal performance from sophomore Kenzi Mercier. East Union (17-8-4) mustered a goal early in the first half, but could not tally any offensive success in the game’s most crucial periods.
“I was pleased with the season overall,” East Union head coach Jim Todd said. “The ladies played with heart in a downpour, and when you grow up you just don’t get the opportunity very often to play in the rain. You grow up to come inside, but these girls battled in a downpour under the lights.”
The Lancers got on board first when captain Megan Howley scored in the 22nd minute on an assist from co-captain Lani Villasenor.
Summerville 2, Ripon 1
The Indians were down early as Summerville scored in the game’s first minute, Ripon responded but fell one goal short in a 2-1 season-ending loss to the Bears Tuesday in the SJS Div-IV first-round.
Katherine Ratto found the back of the net in the game’s 20th minute on an assist from Tia Siditkun, knotting the game at one apiece. The score would stay linked at one throughout the remainder of the first half, but when the Bears answered in the second half Ripon could not.
“I think the girls did a great job,” Ripon head coach Jose Bobadilla said. “They are a great group of girls that work hard. Today, I knew the game would be decided by one goal because we were pretty much two even teams.
“For some moments we dominated the game, and they did too.”
Ripon turned its season around after winning only once in its first eight contests. The Indians bounced back to earn a postseason berth and just miss out on another Trans Valley League championship.
“This was a very satisfying season,” Bobadilla said. “We were not prepared for the playoffs at the beginning of the season, and everybody thought we would be the stepping stone for everyone else and we end up in second place.
“There are no complaints from me.”