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PKs cost Manteca in loss to Escalon
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ESCALON – Manteca High jumped out in front of the Escalon Cougars in the first 10 minutes of their non-league contest, but a pair of penalties in the box would cost Manteca in its 2-1 loss to Escalon Wednesday at Escalon High.

Ricardo Marin put the Buffaloes up 1-0 when he scored in the 8th minute, but a call in the box in the first-half and another in the second would lead to Escalon’s only goals and Manteca to its third loss of the season.

“Of course our guys were bummed because we ended up losing a close one,” Manteca head coach Justin Coenenberg said. “But our midfield did a great job and it was probably our best job of working the ball around all season.

“We out-shot them 25-17, so we played well, unfortunately those two calls in the box hurt us.”

Manteca will be back on the pitch at 4 p.m. today, when they play host to the Downey Knights.

East Union 3, Johansen 0
The Lancers came home with their third victory of the season, taking out the Johansen Vikings with ease in a 3-0 win Wednesday in Modesto.

East Union cruised 25-9, 25-9 and 25-20, getting contributions from all over the court and from up-and-down the lineup.

“Everybody is really stepping up and continuing to fight for the win,” Lancer head coach Eryn Bowers said. “Our team is constantly improving and working as one to finish all of our games strong.”

Brittany Lamar paced the Lancers with three blocks, while teammate Taylor Maruca dished out a game-high eight assist and four aces. Lexy Posz added four kills in the win.

East Union (3-2) will be back on the court today when they travel back to Modesto to take on the Downey Knights.

East Union 239, Kimball 263
The Lancers opened their fifth straight defense of the Valley Oak League title with a 24-stroke win over Kimball High Wednesday at Manteca Park Golf Course.

Jillian Goulart paced East Union with a round of 43, while teammate Frances Telles was a stroke back with a 44.

Angelique Cardoza followed the Lancers’ top-two with a 50, while both Salina Tiscareno and Jenny Ketner turned in 51s. Kalee Nudding was East Union’s next best round with an even 60.

The Lancers will be back on the greens at 3 p.m. when they continue league play against the Manteca Buffaloes.