Abdiel Chaquito did all he could to keep the Manteca’s unbeaten streak and state ranking intact, turning away shot after shot.
In the end, though, Oakdale’s speed on the wings overwhelmed the Buffaloes and their rangy senior goalkeeper.
Chaquito made an astounding 15 saves in this action-packed Valley Oak League opener at Guss Schmiedt Field, but the Mustangs scored on a late breakaway to stun the defending co-champions 3-2 on Tuesday afternoon.
The loss is the Buffaloes’ first of the season, snapping a nine-game unbeaten streak. Manteca (8-1-1, 0-1) entered the game with eight wins in its nine games and ranked No. 4 in the state by MaxPreps, but now goes into a showdown with Sierra on Thursday staring up in the standings.
The Timberwolves (5-3-1, 1-0) shared the VOL title with Manteca last fall.
“... We’ll talk about those things and make some adjustments,” Manteca coach Justin Coenenberg said, referencing his club’s defensive breakdowns on Tuesday.
“All this means is that we’re not going undefeated in league. We still have a long way to go and we know it won’t be easy. That’s just how touch the VOL is. We have to get past this and get ready for Sierra.”
Marcus Montano and Kevin Rodriguez tallied goals for Manteca, which surrendered the game-winning goal with six minutes left in the match.
Montano had a shot to tie the game in the final minute, but his blast was saved easily by the goalie.
“This isn’t so much of a wake-up call because we knew Oakdale was going to be good,” Coenenberg said. “They’re a fast and physical team that plays well. Their speed on the outside gave us trouble all night. We just didn’t do some things well enough to come away with the victory.”
The Buffaloes grabbed the lead in the 26th minute off a Brandon Landwehr throw-in. Rodriguez finished the connection.
The Mustangs answered right back with a penalty kick by Davis Harper in the 29th minute. Tony Ott would give Oakdale (6-3-3, 1-0) a 2-1 advantage at the half with a header in the 34th minute.
Montano tied the game in the 41st minute, converting a penalty kick for his ninth goal of the season. The opportunity was created by Manuel Nuno, who was taken down on a breakaway.
Weston Ranch 3, Kimball 0
Joseph Mayorca continued his sizzling play with two more goals as the Cougars (9-1-1, 1-0) pulled away in the second half.
The game was tied 0-0 at halftime.
Arthur Garcia added an insurance score late, but the afternoon once again belonged to Weston Ranch’s versatile sophomore.
Mayorca now has 13 goals in 11 games.
“He always seems to find the back of the net,” Weston Ranch coach Francisco Cisneros said. “It’s great to have a player like that, where you can place him in different spots and he delivers every time.”
East Union 2, Sonora 0
The Lancers (1-0, 1-4-2) escaped the foothills with their first win of the season, and their third-year head coach hopes they can use the momentum for the rest of the VOL season.
“Our preseason games were not good, but we played much better as a team,” Victor Polanco said.
East Union scored both of its goals in the second half. Jaziel Castellanos blasted the first one in from about 40 yards out on a free kick, and Alex Sanchez buried the other with five minutes to go.