Aron Navarette led a second-half Manteca comeback with four goals Thursday as the Buffaloes came from behind to beat visiting Lathrop 4-2 in boys Valley Oak League soccer action at Guss Schmiedt Field.
“We were playing really well and creating opportunities, but they scored two quick ones about halfway through the first half,” Manteca coach Justin Coenenberg said. “At the end of the first half we were a little unsettled and trying to force things.
“In the second half we were able to settle down a little bit and get one goal at a time.”
Navarrette got three goals in a five-minute period to put the Buffaloes (2-3 VOL, 7-6-1 overall) ahead 3-2 and he got his fourth goal with 10 minutes remaining. Edgar Oropeza assisted on the first goal and Alexis Ochoa on the last one with the middle two unassisted.
Manteca outshot the Spartans 23-13 and Timberwolves goalie Matsua Garcia-Mendez had seven saves.
Lathrop (0-5-1, 4-8-2) took its 2-0 halftime lead on goals by Anthony Garcia and Christian Cardenas.
“We played a really good first half,” Spartans coach Alfredo Reynaga said. “We maintained possession of the ball. We had the lead we were confident but Manteca was just ready to come out crazy in the second half.
“They came out blasting in the second half and scored two quick ones to tie it. We settled down and tried to get some composure but by then it was too late.”
Hilmar 4, Ripon 0
RIPON — The Yellowjackets took advantage of an unprepared Indians squad and unleashed a barrage Thursday on host Ripon, overcoming the mud on Stouffer Field for the Trans-Valley League boys soccer win.
“We had too many mistakes and that cost us the game,” Indians coach Bryant Macias said. “They caught us off guard and we came out flat-footed. They moved the ball wand we were not able to keep up with their level of soccer.”
Hilmar (3-1 TVL, 6-8-1 overall) got goals from Bryan Milan and Michael Cardosa for a 2-0 halftime lead. Marc Matos added a pair of goals in the second half for the Yellowjackets.
And the Yellowjackets shot a lot – 26 times to be exact to just five for Ripon (1-2, 4-5). Indians goalie Diego Franco-Carreno made 13 saves with 10 of them coming in the first half.
Ripon Christian 2,
RIPON — It took the Knights almost the entire first half to get on track, but a goal by Rian Koetsier in the closing seconds of the first half gave the Ripon Christian boys the spark they would need to lead to their Southern League win.
“We came out kind of slow and let Mariposa play with us,” Knights coach Keith Terpsma said. And I didn’t have a lot of leadership in that first half until that goal scored which kind of opened it up.
“In the second half we played a lot harder after a good halftime talk. The energy was there and we had a lot more shots than we did in the first half and we were able to make one more fall.”
Robbie Nebiolini got the second goal for Ripon Christian (1-5 SL, 2-12 overall) in the 68th minute.
Ripon Christian 3,
RIPON – The Knights (6-0 SL, 9-4-1 overall) scored two goals in a seven-minute span in the second half to pull away for the league win in the stadium at Ripon Christian.
With the score tied 1-1 at halftime, Abby Buitrago took a pass up the line from Janine Prins and fired in a long shot in the 62nd minute for a 2-1 Knights lead.
Seven minutes later Buitrago placed a corner kick to Thea Vander Muelen, whose shot bounced back to Taylor Alger and Alger fired in the rebound for a 3-1 lead.
“We are undefeated in league,” Ripon Christian coach Kevin Tameling said. “We just went through a tough stretch against some teams where we didn’t know for sure where we were. We lost a lot of girls from last year and this year we have almost a whole new varsity team.
“We have been near the top of the league the last few years so every team comes in to play us with a lot of energy. Our girls have been able to weather that and put up good performances.”
Hilmar 2, Ripon 1
HILMAR – The Indians fell behind 2-0 and could not bounce back in this battle between the TVL’s top squads.
Megan Johnson added to her team-leading goal total with an assist from Cindy Alvarez to trim the Yellowjackets lead to 2-1 before halftime with neither team managing a goal in the second half.
Sierra 8, Weston Ranch 0
STOCKTON — Four Timberwolves notched two goals each to lead Sierra to a Valley Oak League road win.
Minty Doyle, Yasmin Ballew, Jadyn Shinn and Daisy Valencia each had two goals with Shinn notching five assists and Julissa Pimentel and Nikayla Turner each dishing out one assist.
Freshman Michaela Bitle posted the lone save for the Timberwolves (6-1 VOL, 15-2 overall).
The Cougars fall to 0-6, 1-9-1.
Kimball 3, Lathrop 2
TRACY — Lathrop (2-4 VOL, 2-6 overall) did well to battle back after twice falling behind by a goal.
Kassandra Ceja scored on a breakaway for the first equalizer before Kimball (3-3-1, 5-10-1) answered late in the first half. Leanna Mom knotted it again for the Spartans, converting on a long-range shot in the second half.
“They were playing physical, but our girls didn’t back down,” Lathrop coach Jose Montes said. “I think today is the day they became a team. They backed each other up and stepped up.”