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MENDIOLA CLASSICO: Lancers fall to VOL rival Oakdale in third-place game
Ervin Mendiola Classico
Jenna Campbell notches East Union’s lone goal on a header in the third-place game of the Ervin Mendiola Classico against Oakdale on Saturday.

After East Union took an early lead over Oakdale in the third-place game of the Ervin Mendiola Classico girls tournament Saturday at Woodward Park, the Mustangs battled back to claim the consolation trophy with a 3-1 win.

The Lancers shut out their two opponents on Friday, defeating Mountain House 7-0 and Patterson, 4-0.

“The two games on Friday against Mountain House and Patterson were good warmup games for us to get out and try and get some chemistry, to get the ball moving and kind of see what we have,” Lancers coach Jason Silva said. “We lost 2-0 to Lodi in the first game this morning and then we faced Oakdale, both tough, high pressure, quick teams. Definitely a challenge to us. Against Lodi we had a couple of opportunities early on and could have been up 2 or 3 to 0 in the first 15 minutes but we couldn’t get it done and then they came back and got two goals on us and it was one of those type of games.

“Oakdale is a familiar team that we play a lot, especially in league. We got a goal early and then they countered with a couple of goals and we made a bunch of defensive mistakes. It looked like we had evened it up but that got called back for offsides and that was kind of the difference. This is pre-season, we have three games next week so we’ll rebound and keep building to get ready for league.”

Barely five minutes into the game Jenna Campbell gave East Union (3-2) a 1-0 lead on a header off of a corner kick by Tallon Cervantez. Before halftime Jocelyn Gradilla and Brook Cadwell would score for the Mustangs (4-1) and Gradilla added an insurance goal in the second half.

“On every corner you try and get some contact with the ball and to get my head on it was rewarding,” Campbell said. “This was overall a good tournament and a good warmup for our season.

“We did really well and we are building on each and every game.”

For the second time in three days Friday, the Lancers downed Mountain House by the same score.

Campbell and Stefany Perez scored two goals apiece for East Union with Cervantez (assist), Carrera Mendez and Chelsea Keathley each adding a goal. Brooke Dorland dished out two assists while Jocelyn Diaz and Addy Soulier chipped in an assist apiece.

Against Patterson, the Lancers downed the Tigers to open the tournament with a balanced attack.

Campbell (assist), Cervantez, Keathley and Alexa Bretao each scored a goal and Kaylee Mejia tallied two assists.

East Union travel to Lathrop tonight at 6:15.