STOCKTON — Do not mess with tradition.
The Weston Ranch boys soccer team has put up big numbers over the last 18 months but dropped a pair of games on Saturday.
The Cougars atoned for those losses with four goals in the first 10 minutes Monday night on the way to a 9-1 thumping of Riverbank in non-league soccer action at Weston Ranch High
“We had a rough Saturday,” Cougars coach Francisco Cisneros said. “We lost two games in the Pitman Tournament and I think we all wanted to come out and prove that was a fluke.
“In the last year and a half we have gone 55-5-7 and we lost two in one day, so I think they wanted to prove a point today and they came out and made a great statement right from the start.”
Weston Ranch (2-2-3) had six goals in the first half, all from different people. The first two came from sophomores Ariel Silva and Roberto Gonzalez with Silva scoring the first off of a Gonzalez assist three minutes into the game and the duo changing rolls on the second goal just a minute later.
“All I had for a mindset on that first goal was to stay focused,” said Silva, who had two goals and an assist. “On the second one he (Gonzalez) looked at me and I looked at him and we felt a connection.”
Gonzalez was far from finished. He finished with three goals and four assists, as many assists in a single game as Cisneros can remember in his five years as coach.
“Usually my forwards get a run and I try and look for them,” Gonzalez said. “That is mainly where my assists come from.
“I was trying to find as much space as possible in the middle to get a shot off.”
Mario Martinez was the only other one with multiple goals, scoring two along with one assist.
“We lost two games on Saturday,” Martinez said. “And we were just trying to bounce back off of that so it was a good team effort.”
Martinez had a part in the third and fourth goals of the first half in the ninth and 10th minute. In the ninth minute he set up a header goal by Eddie Medina with a corner kick and barely a minute later he made a steal at midfield and went the distance for a goal.
The first two goals of the second half came via corner kicks. Martinez headed one in off of a corner kick by Gonzalez and Gonzalez got the next one when he hooked in a corner kick for an 8-1 lead in the 58th minute.
Miguel Ismerio and Juan Garcia added a goal apiece for Weston Ranch and Giovanni Rodriguez and Jesus Vega each had an assist.
Daniel Jiminez had the lone goal for the Bruins (2-2-2) to make the score 2-1.
The Spartans went 2-1-1 last Friday at Saturday.
After tying Johansen 1-1, they defeated Modesto 6-1 and Riverbank 3-2 before closing with a 3-0 loss in a rematch against Johansen. Christian Cardenas scored a hat trick against Modesto. Andres Basulto scored Lathrop’s lone goal in the tourney opener. Luis Vargas added three goals total. Victor Enriquez and Jesus Gomez each had one for the tournament.
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Oscar Caloca’s goal with three minutes left gave the Cougars a one-goal victory.
Elvin Rolanos and Antonio Rodriguez scored the other two Weston Ranch goals.