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Shorthanded EU shackled by Galts strong defense
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Sac-Joaquin Section
Division IV playoffs

Play-in game (Nov. 4)

Union Mine 1, Oakdale 0

Tuesday’s first-round games

Central Valley 5, Union Mine 0
Galt 3, East Union 1
Patterson 2, Sierra 1
Vista del Lago 3, Ceres 0

Thursday’s semifinal matchups

Galt at Central Valley
Patterson at Vista del Lago
That East Union High made its first Sac-Joaquin Section playoff appearance since the winter of 1993 was enough for co-head coach Allan Green to call the 2010 season a success Tuesday.

Shorthanded because of a myriad of injuries and illnesses to key players, the Lancers were dealt a 3-1 loss to host Galt in the opening round of the SJS Division IV playoffs.

Young to begin with (the Lancers have just two seniors this year), East Union (12-7-2) got even younger with the addition of four frosh-soph players to the playoff roster. The experience alone, Green said, serves as a valuable tool to help build for future success.

“Given all the injuries and illnesses, I thought they did OK,” Green said. “We only had three healthy subs and had to rely on younger players to help us win. Realistically, that’s a lot to ask when we’re playing a good team like that.

“I think it’s important for them to have had the opportunity to see what the playoffs are like and see that kind of atmosphere.”

Unbeaten Galt (11-0-4) was supported by the school band, cheerleaders and an enthusiastic cheering section.

Still, East Union hung tough despite being limited to just three shots on goal.

Victor Garibay’s head shot, off Alfredo Solarzano’s free kick, in the 57th minute closed EU in, 2-1. That was just the sixth goal yielded by the Galt defense all season.

Lancer keeper Dominic Riella kept his team in it by denying Galt a goal on a penalty kick, but the Warriors iced the game with the final score with about 15 minutes remaining.

Javi Munoz led Galt with a goal and an assist. Alejandro Renteria and Brian Magina each contributed a goal.

“Honestly, it was a result that was probably expected, but scoring that goal was a big accomplishment for us,” Green said. “They’re not faster than any team we’ve played, but they were on us quick (defensively) — they didn’t allow much time for us to do anything.”

The Lancers had a great chance to achieve what Galt’s previous opponents could not: Score twice.

East Union nearly tied the match at 1 late in the first half. Miguel Barbosa connected for a header off a corner kick, but his shot was redirected by Galt goalie Alex Gonzalez, who slapped the ball off the post.