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Lancers stifle Bruins in one-sided win
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East Unions Ilena Rivera (back) watches her cross along with Riverbanks Mariana Jiminez. - photo by DAVE CAMPBELL/The Bulletin

The Maytag repairman has nothing on Isabella Cruz.

The Lancers freshman goalie was a lonely girl Wednesday as her East Union defense kept visiting Riverbank at bay as the Bruins did not even get one shot off in the Lancers’ dominating 4-0 non-league victory at Dino Cunial Field. 

“I am pretty proud of our defense,” East Union coach Rileigh Mankin said. “This is my first year coaching and I was a little nervous coming into the year because I did not know what we would have defensively. But we are starting to look good and I am pleased with that. 

“I came out with the same attitude I do every game which is to come out as hard as you can, no matter the level of the other team.”

With the Lancers defense doing its job, the offense went into overdrive with 27 shots – 17 on goal – and the kept the ball on the Bruins side of the field most of the night.

Taysha McGuire had a part in the first two East Union goals, converting an assist from Mariana Huizar in the 13th minute for the first Lancers goal. 

“We were passing the ball well in the beginning,” McGuire said. “Then it fell off a bit, but we picked it up at the end.

“It was good to get the win but we could have done better.”

In the 26th minute McGuire went into support mode, dishing off an assist to Ilena Rivera for a 2-0 lead that East Union (3-1) would hold until halftime.

“We came out hard,” Rivera said. “We wanted to finish it early.

“We haven’t been scoring much lately but we tried to put them away today.”

Three minutes into the second half Britney Moneyhun brought the Lancers defense to the other end of the field when she stole a clear-out and popped it into the net for a 3-0 lead. 

“The ball was kicked to me,” Moneyhun said. “I took advantage of that and found the back of the net.”

With three minutes left in the game freshman Samantha Snyder got the first goal of her high-school career off of an assist from Moneyhun.

“It felt pretty good,” Snyder said of her goal. “I was excited that it happened.”

Riverbank falls to 0-6.