Lathrop High’s boys soccer team has a challenging closing stretch to the Western Athletic Conference season as it vies for one of three Sac-Joaquin Section playoff berths.
The Spartans took care of business on the road Wednesday despite giving up an early goal, coming back to dispatch Grace Davis of Modesto, 3-1.
Freshman Angel Barajas knotted it off an assist from Ociel Mora. Jesus Hernandez assisted both of Lathrop’s second-half goals, setting up Reyli Villalpando for the go-ahead and Oliver Hernandez for the late insurance score.
Freshman goalkeeper Josue Navarro notched seven saves in his return from an illness.
On Friday, the Lathrop (5-5-1 WAC, 7-10-4 overall) hosts third-place Johansen. They face Los Banos and Mountain House next week, two other teams on the postseason bubble.
Sierra 3, Oakdale 2
Sierra (7-2 VOL, 13-3-1 overall) had three different goal scorers and held on for the win at Daniel Teicheira Memorial Stadium.
Emiliano Sanchez scored the first goal off an assist from Audie Garza in the 26th minute. The two connected again in the 76th for what would be the difference, with Garza converting the goal. Oakdale (5-5, 10-11-1) capped the final score in the final minutes.
Adrian Ramirez added a long-range goal in the 56th minute.
Weston Ranch 8, Central Catholic 0
The VOL-leading Cougars (8-0-1, 18-3-3 overall) had two goals each from Sergio Garcia and Ivan Guerra. Angel Zapata, Aaron Martinez, Alexis Chavez and Ernesto Cruz contributed one apiece.
Chavez and Martinez also had two assists each. Garcia, Valdez and Jesse Vasquez had one assist each.
East Union 9, Weston Ranch 1
Jenna Campbell spearheaded the attack for East Union (3-5-2 VOL, 8-7-2 overall), scoring three goals and one assist.
Montserrat Ruiz Perez tallied the lone goal for the visiting Cougars (0-10, 1-17-1). Anabelle Mayorca racked up 22 saves.
Lathrop 3, Grace Davis 0
Ary Jones recorded a goal and an assist for host Lathrop (6-6 WAC, 8-11-1 overall). Brianna Garcia and Celided Enriquez each had a goal.
Kimball 65, East Union 46
Early shooting woes proved too much for the visiting Lancers (3-3 VOL, 15-6 overall) to overcome.
They could only manage nine points in each of the first two quarters as Kimball (4-2, 15-6) mounted a 36-18 halftime lead. East Union managed to cut the deficit to 10 in the third quarter but could not get closer. Dylan Lee led the Lancers with 19 points, and Bryan Howe finished with 14.
JV boys soccer
Sierra 9, Oakdale 2
Paul Barrios registered a hat trick, while Hugo Reyes added two goals.
Landon Silva, Marco Duran, Nathan Perez and Diego Cassilas chipped in one apiece.
JV girls soccer
Lathrop 6, Grace Davis 1
Madilyn Martinez and Allana Lewis each had a hat trick, helping Lathrop improve to 10-2 in the WAC.