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Manteca dominates in own tourney opener
Midfielder Jessica Reeder starts the counterattack for Manteca High’s girls soccer team against Stagg in the first round of the Buffalo Cup at Guss Schmiedt Field Friday. - photo by HIME ROMERO
Manteca High’s girls soccer team effectively played keep-away against Stagg of Stockton in its 4-0 victory Friday, when its own Buffalo Cup tournament opened action for eight participating clubs.

The Buffaloes (3-1) netted all of their goals in the second half, and four different players scored. They dominated from start to finish and outshot the Delta Queens, 17-3.

“We did a great job of possessing the ball,” Manteca coach Justin Coenenberg said. “Our goal at this point is to maintain possession. I told them if they were able to do that the scoring opportunities will come. They were there in the first half, we just couldn’t capitalize until the second half.”

It wasn’t until the 10th minute of the second 35-minute half that Manteca struck. Sophomores Sialei Manuleleua and Sammy Morris broke the ice, with the former hooking up the latter with the assist.

Manuleleua tallied her own goal 5 minutes later with Esmeralda Cuenca, another sophomore, setting up the scoring play.

Jessica Reeder took advantage of a long deflection and scored easily from the top of the 18-yard line. Senior Katie Davis capped scoring with a penalty kick in the final minutes.

Manteca faces Los Banos — 2-1 victor over Riverbank — in a semifinal match this morning at 9. The championship (Guss Schmiedt Field) and consolation (practice fields) matches are scheduled for 2 p.m. kickoffs, and the third- and seventh-place games are at 12:30.

Bret Harte 4, Weston Ranch 0
The Cougars gave up a goal in the first minute of the contest but impressed first-year co-head coaches Francisco Cisneros and Daniel Wood with their never-say-die spirit.

“We didn’t get in any (scrimmages or other non-league matches) before this, so the girls were a little nervous,” Cisneros said. “But they competed until the last minute, which is a good sign for the coaches. We have a team that, regardless of what the score is, is not going to quit.”

Weston Ranch plays Linden at 9 a.m., while Bret Harte takes on Lathrop.