East Union boys soccer coach Edgar Zelaya was glad to come away with a tie under the circumstances.
With four starters out, including striker Jesus Hurtado, the Lancers were able to hold off perennial Valley Oak League contender Oakdale in a 1-1 draw Wednesday.
“Tonight, a tie for me is actually good,” Zelaya said. “We were missing a lot of players but in the second half we still could have got it (a win).”
East Union (1-0-1 VOL, 6-1-2 overall) took nine shots in the second half.
Hector Romero gave the Lancers an early lead off an assist from Danny Gomez. Oakdale (1-0-1, 7-3-1) knotted it later in the half as Winslow Barrales capitalized after an East Union defender slipped to spring him loose.
“We were still passing the ball really well,” Zelaya said. “We tried to control the midfield, but we’re missing strong players there so we could not finish our shots.”
Sierra 4, Kimball 0
TRACY — Sierra (2-0-0, 6-3-1) finds itself alone in first place through one week of VOL action.
The Timberwolves led comfortably at halftime 3-0 and were led by David Lopez’s two goals and two assists. Joel Lemus gave Sierra all the cushion it needed with a goal in the second minute. Tarjei Hage scored in the 33rd, and Eddie Aguilar contributed a pair of assists. Saul Aguiniga had three saves at goal.
Central Catholic 3,
MODESTO — Manteca (0-2-0, 4-5-0) trailed 3-0 early in the second half before the attack kicked into gear.
Aron Navarrette and Edgar Oropeza got the Buffaloes on board but several golden opportunities were missed as the team tried to tie it late. The offensive burst was just what Manteca needed after it scored just once in its previous five matches.
Sierra 3, Kimball 1
Andrew Banegas, Alex Cervantes and Adib Guedoir were the goal scorers for Sierra. Oscar Guitron contributed with strong play on defense.