Manteca’s girls soccer team were unable to hold a halftime lead against a strong Turlock side Wednesday, losing the non-league tilt 3-2 at Guss Schmiedt Field.
The Buffaloes (1-2-0) were up 2-1 at halftime thanks to successive goals from Caitlyn Wong and Sienna Jones. Emalyne Lundbom set up Jones’ go-ahead breakaway with a through ball.
“It was a really good game — physical and fast paced,” Manteca coach Justin Coenenberg said. “It was a good test for us, Turlock is a very good team. Unfortunate to get the loss, but it was a good game for us. We learned a lot about ourselves as a team.”
Coenenberg credited goalkeeper Marissa Soza, saying “her play kept us in the game.”
Manteca hosts the two-day Buff Cup starting Friday. Waterford takes on the Buffaloes at 6:30 p.m.
Sierra 1, Gregori 1
The Timberwolves opened their season Wednesday in Modesto but had to settle for the tie.
Jocelyn Roa provided the lone tally for Sierra, striking in the sixth minute on a counterattack after stealing the ball from the center back. Gregori (0-0-1) knotted it about 20 minutes later. Sierra attempted 16 shots but could not retake the lead.
“It was one of those games where we had all of the opportunity but couldn’t get the goal,” Sierra coach Manuel Pires said. “We’ve got one practice to get ready for our tournament, and the girls have got to be ready to bring their best.”
Sierra kicks off its annual Vern Gebhardt Champions Cup tournament against Weston Ranch on Friday at 10:45 a.m.
Weston Ranch 3, Johansen 1
Sergio Garcia secured the hard-earned win for the Cougars (4-0-1) scoring late on an assist from Jaime Garcia. Cesar Juarez fired the go-ahead goal with a 30-yard free kick.
Zinedine Valdez opened scoring, finishing an assist from Ivan Guerra. Marcos Arriaza saved a penalty kick, but Johansen converted on the rebound for the equalizer.
Sierra 4, Hughson 1
The visiting Huskies landed the first blow in the fifth minute, but it was all Sierra from there.
The Timberwolves had four different goal scorers in Audie Garza (15th minute), Adrian Ramirez (19th minute), Joey Velasquez (62nd minute) and Jorge Reyes (73rd minute).
Lathrop 6, McNair 0
Ociel Mora and Javier Galvez netted two goals apiece, and Reyli Villalpando contributed two assists as the Spartans (2-2-1) dominated the non-league match in Stockton.
Anthony Gonzales and Juan Morales each added a goal. Josue Navarro finished with two saves.
Enochs 58, Lathrop 45
Lathrop (0-1) started slow in the Modesto City Classic opener, trailing 32-15 at halftime after giving up 20 points in the second quarter.
Samuel Stewart paced them with 19 points, and Izaias White added eight. Isaiah Toma poured in 14 points for Enochs. Kevin King collected 11.
Lathrop faces Downey today at 4.
East Union 49, Golden Valley 20
The Lancers (3-0) turned in a defensive gem in Merced. After leading 19-8 in the first quarter, they did not allow more than six points in each of the final three periods including just two in the third.
Lani Tu’uga led the charge with 18 points. Sophomore center Donnese Payne chipped in 12 points, and Andie Carnigal-Holmes scored nine.
El Capitan 56, Lathrop 50 (OT)
Lathrop dropped a heartbreaker on the road Tuesday. Leading 44-43 with 7 seconds left in regulation, the Spartans committed a foul that sent El Capitan to the free-throw line. One of two was made, sending it into overtime.
The game was ultimately won at the charity stripe, as the Gauchos (5-0) of Merced converted seven fouls hots while Lathrop (1-1) made just 1 of 6.
Lathrop had a 12-point lead in the fourth quarter but struggled after its top player, Kierstin Constantino, went down with leg cramps. It only got worse for the Spartans when Egypt Jenkins later fouled out.
Inderkum 67, Sierra 40
The Timberwolves (1-1) could not overcome a slow start in Sacramento. They trailed 19-7 at the end of the first quarter.
Grace Langenfeld registered 11 points. Brea Vieira and Olivia Werner contributed seven each.
JV girls soccer
Sierra 3, Gregori 0
Haily Cruz buried two goals, and Katie Machado had one. Ashlynn Neese and Emma Dunham each had an assist, and Zoe Sandoval came up with five saves.
JV goys soccer
Sierra 4, Hughson 0
Hugo Reyes anchored the T’wolves with two goals and an assist. Nathan Perez and Oscar Gusman scored one each.
Lathrop 9, McNair 0
Jorge Garcia amassed three goals and two assists in the lopsided road win for Lathrop.
JV girls basketball
East Union 50, Golden Valley 13
Mariela Navarro had the hot hand for the Lancers, exploding for 28 points. Jatziry Garcia contributed eight.
Frosh girls basketball
Lathrop 32, El Capitan 28
Tiba Sameer pumped in 12 points for the Spartans, who otherwise relied on defense to hold on for the victory.