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Riveras hat trick not enough for Lancers
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After recording three assists in last Thursday’s non-league win over Hilmar, freshman Isela Rivera continued the impressive start to her high school career Monday against defending San-Joaquin Athletic Association champion Lodi.

Rivera’s first goal-scoring hat trick was spoiled by a 4-3 road loss, however. She had a chance to salvage a tie during the final moments of the match, but she was unable to net her fourth goal of day.

One of Rivera’s goals was assisted by Adriana Villasenor.

“At times we played well with disciplined movement of the ball, but at other times we lost our composure and played house ball,” East Union coach Jim Todd said.

East Union (5-2) has a chance to redeem itself Thursday when it travels to Stockton to face Lincoln, an SJAA rival of Lodi (4-1-2).

Lincoln 1, Manteca 1

In Stockton, Brittany Costa blasted in a direct kick at the 49-minute mark for Manteca (5-1-1), but Lincoln was able to score in the 64th minute and held on for the draw.

It was an evenly-played match in which Manteca outshot the Trojans, 16-13. Manteca goalkeeper Jimi Guibor had eight saves.

“It was an extremely physical game in the first half, but I was glad with how the girls responded,” Manteca coach Justin Coenenberg said. “It was a good game for us to have, because we’re going to have some physical games in league.”

Tracy 2, Sierra 0

The Timberwolves (2-1) suffered a sobering loss at home after impressive wins over Division-I Turlock and Lincoln last week.

Mandy Alvarez scored Tracy’s first goal in the seventh minute, and Victoria Piazza doubled the lead with a penalty kick in the second half.

“We never really stepped up to take control of the game,” Sierra coach Manuel Pires said. “I’m hoping this is a wake-up call for us. We need to learn from this loss and we have a lot of work to do to get back on track.”