Manteca’s boys and girls soccer teams welcomed Venture Academy for a doubleheader Monday at Guss Schmiedt Field, and the two host squads won in entirely different ways.
In the boys game, the Buffaloes needed a late goal from senior Jose Flores to knock off the reigning Sac-Joaquin Section Division V champion, 4-3. The girls match featured 13 different scorers in a 17-0 thrashing spearheaded by Joanna Roa’s hat trick.
Flores put away the game-winner in the 69th minute, and the Buffs (2-3) held on for their second straight victory. It’s the first time since 2019 that the boys have won back-to-back.
They did well to respond after trailing twice early on, getting first-half goals from seniors Fernando Lopez and Yhair Martinez to make it 2-2 at halftime. Freshman Kai Masudi pushed Manteca ahead with his fourth goal in three games.
“The boys showed fight after falling behind 1-0 and 2-1,” Manteca coach James Burns said. “It may not always be pretty, but we’re seeing the boys’ passion and hunger play out.”
Freshman goalie Alberto Gutierrez tallied six saves behind center backs Matthew Kong and Kevin Mundo. Mundo, a natural midfielder, played out of position with the Buffs coming in shorthanded.
“Kevin had no idea what his assignment would be when he showed up to the field, but he stepped up in a major way,” Burns said. “He solidified our back line and helped organize much of our attack. He was our man of the match.”
The girls team got everyone involved in its season debut. Makenzie Forsberg and Kailee Jackson each had a brace to back Roa’s three-goal explosion. Sienna Jones contributed one goal and three assists, while Paisley Coenenberg and Gina Hirle delivered two assists apiece.
Alexia Alva, Layla Flannigan, Kaley Crawford, Serenity Cerritos, Corrine Jones, Gabriela Ramos, Jaylyn Ruiz, Tatiana Orozco and Makyla Spencer scored one each.
Ripon 55, Liberty 28
The Indians (3-0) dominated their game Saturday in the NorCal Sports TV Central Valley Tipoff hosted by Atwater. They erupted for 32 points in the second quarter to take a 41-11 halftime lead while holding Liberty of Madera to single digits in each of the first three quarters.
Ethan Bauer led the way with 21 points, 16 of which came during the second-quarter outburst. Dawson Downs contributed 10 points, five rebounds and three assists. Landon Gillespie and Logan Lefebvre scored nine points each.
Ripon Christian 41, Beyer 38
Maddie Yonker registered 16 points, six assists, five rebounds and four steals, as the Knights won their season opener Monday at home.
Reagan Van Der Hoek added eight points, 13 rebounds and six steals. Beyer led 29-25 at halftime but was outscored 9-3 in the third quarter.