Ramon Rojas finished with a hat trick, but it was Aron Navarrette’s goal in the 65th minute that proved to be the difference as Manteca fended off visiting Kimball in a wild 5-4 Valley Oak League win on Thursday.
Rojas scored three unassisted goals, and the Buffaloes (1-2 VOL, 5-5-1 overall) appeared to be on their way to a lopsided win with a 4-1 lead.
Kimball (1-2-1, 3-5-1) had other plans, getting three unanswered goals from Victor Diaz, Dominic Souza and Tristen Powers to tie it. Navarrete countered with his go-ahead score about a minute later.
“Both teams had chances after that,” Manteca coach Justin Coenenberg said. “We held on for the win.”
Brian Cerpas contributed a goal on a penalty kick in the first half. Goalie Matsua Garcia-Mendez recorded four saves.
Sierra 3, Oakdale 2
OAKDALE — The Timberwolves (4-0, 10-4-1) remain in first place after squeaking out a big win against perennial contender Oakdale (1-1-2, 7-4-2). They cashed in on a penalty kick with about 20 minutes remaining to lead for good.
Eddie Aguilar accounted for two of Sierra’s goals, while Joel Lemus had one.
Ripon Christian 0
RIPON — Denair (1-1, 5-4) staked an early lead with a goal in the opening minutes, then doubled it by halftime with another in the 37th minute.
The Wolves continued to dominate from there, striking in the 48th, 67th and 68th minutes. Goalie Josh Tatton tallied 14 saves for Ripon Christian (0-2, 1-9).
Oakdale 4, Sierra 2
OAKDALE — Mateo Garcia and Adib Guedoir did the scoring for Sierra. Andrew Banegas had an assist.