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ROUNDUP: Silva powers MHS girls soccer to league-opening win
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Welcome back, Cami.

Manteca standout girls soccer player Cameron Silva joined the team this week after completing a commitment with her club team, and her impact has been immediate.

The Buffaloes opened Valley Oak League play on Thursday and soundly defeated a solid Oakdale team, 5-0. Silva all three of her team’s goals in the first half and assisted another in the second.

“She has been in on every goal (this week) except for one,” Manteca coach Justin Coenenberg said. On Tuesday, Silva had two goals and two assists in a 4-1 non-league win at Sonora.

“She’s one of those players who makes everybody on the field better.”

It didn’t take long for Silva and the Buffaloes (1-0 VOL, 4-2 overall) to seize control of the match. Silva scored twice on assists from Sienna Jones inside the first 10 minutes, and junior varsity call-up Serenity Cerritos connected with her for the third goal.

In the second half, Caitlynn Wong scored once and assisted Emalyne Lundbom. Emilee Craighead filled in at goalkeeper for injured starter Marissa Soza, finishing with six saves.

“It’s always tough to go to Oakdale, they always seem to play tougher there,” Coenenberg said. “It was a pretty intense environment, so it’s good to go there and get a win.”

 

BOYS BASKETBALL

El Capitan 70, Ripon 52

The Indians had their season-starting losing skid extended to six, but the effort they put forth in Merced could be a turning point for the team.

Ripon is still working out the kinks with the late arrival of players from the football season and was without its top two point guards in Thursday’s non-league affair. Another important player in the rotation was ejected in the first half.

“The score is not indicative of the game,” Ripon coach Justin Graham said. “It’s easily the best game we’ve played all year. I couldn’t be prouder of our effort and the way we battled. We faced a lot of adversity tonight and were incredibly shorthanded, but the guys continued to battle, which was encouraging to see.”

Leading the charge were Bronson Burrow and Nolan Young, two standouts from the football team. Burrow finished with 15 points and six rebounds, while Nolan Young turned in 15 points, 16 boards and two blocks. Anthony Sausedo, normally a wing, manned the point guard position for the Indians and contributed six assists.