A back-and-forth battle turned into a blowout Wednesday at Lathrop’s Bennie Gatto Field, where the Spartans took down perennial power Weston Ranch 5-2 behind Ociel Mora’s hat trick.
It’s the first time since Oct. 16, 2012 — back when the boys soccer season still took place in the fall — that Lathrop (4-1-2) has gotten the better of its Manteca Unified rival.
“We made some mistakes early on but were able to fight through it against a really good program,” Lathrop coach Alfredo Reynaga said.
Weston Ranch (7-2-1) jumped ahead twice before the Spartans raced away by scoring the final four goals.
Alan Hernandez converted a penalty kick for Lathrop to tie it at 2-2 in the first half. The Spartans took the lead for good when Patrick Martinez’s free kick found the net after a fortunate deflection. They took a 4-2 lead into halftime thanks to Mora’s back-post header off of a Martinez cross.
The second half played out much differently, as Lathrop tightened up defensively and looked to build up attacks more deliberately.
It wasn’t until the final minutes that Mora capped off his hat trick, finishing a 1v1 opportunity set up by Jorge Garcia’s long ball. Garcia earlier assisted Mora’s first goal.
Sierra 8, Mountain House 0
Hailey Cruz continued her early-season assault with two goals and two assists in the lopsided home win for the Timberwolves (6-1-1).
Leslie Reyes and Lindsey Rose both pitched in one goal and one assist. Aman Dhillon, Jessica Miranda, Katie Machado and Anayla McDonald had one goal apiece. Zoe Sandoval came up with six saves in her fourth clean sheet of the season.
Ripon Christian 63, El Capitan 45
The Knights (2-2) started strong in Central Catholic’s Mark Gallo Invitational, using a 20-6 second quarter to create separation.
They were anchored by Jace Beidleman’s 15 points, 13 rebounds and four blocks. Luke Crivello added 14 points, knocking down three 3s. Jake Vander Veen pumped in 11 points, five rebounds and five assists. Amos Cady registered seven points and five boards.
Jesus Zavala paced El Capitan (4-3) with 16 points.
Ripon Christian continues pool play today against Gregori starting at 3:30 p.m.
JV girls soccer
Sierra 12, Mountain House 0
Kaylee Rodriguez amassed three goals and two assists, while Peyton Duarte dished out three assists to go with two goals.
Shayla Cline scored twice and added an assist. Abigail Fraser, Mikaela Delgado, Kylieann O’Neil and Mikayla Mercier each had a goal and an assist. Kylee Pimentel chimed in with a goal.