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SOCCER: East Union girls win Lancer Pride Cup
Sierra takes boys title, host Lancers finish in third
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With Mackenzie Weber leading the East Union defensive attack of Kaylee Hutzler, Natalia Ruiz and Olivia Morgan, the Lancers blanked West 1-0 on Saturday and claimed first place in the girls Lancer Pride Cup at Dino Cunial Field.

The hero of the day was Jenna Campbell. Following a scoreless first half, the Lancers sophomore fought through severe knee pain to toe the mark outside the box for a free kick and drilled it past the Wolf Pack goalie for the lone goal of the contest. Her pain was so severe she was unable to continue after her game-deciding shot.

“It was really good competition for the play to girls from start to finish,” East Union coach Justin Silva said. “It was a really good tournament for as a really young team still trying to come together and find our identity and leadership.

“Coming out with four wins helped us come together and learn who we are with our strengths and weaknesses and what to build on to continue our success.”

Cassiday Pearson made two saves for the Lancers (5-0), who also shut out Mountain House 4-0 earlier on Saturday. Tallon Cervantez, Jenna Campbell, Giselle Hamilton, Chelsea Keathley each scored a goal, with Hamilton, Keathley, Kaylee Mejia and Olivia Morgan adding an assist apiece.



Sierra 2, Lodi 0

The Timberwolves (5-1) won the Lancer Pride Cup premier pool championship at East Union with its third shutout giving up just one goal in three games with goalkeeper Anthony Ayala being named keeper of the tournament at Dino Cunial Field.

Sierra dominated most of the game with Emiliano Sanchez scoring in the 35th minute on an assist from Juan Lara and in the 55th minute when A.J. Paz assisted Audie Garza.

Sierra earned a spot in the title match by defeating Valley, 1-0. Joel Reyes scored on an assist from Joey Vasquez.


Third place

East Union 0, Valley 0 (5-4)

The Lancers (2-2-5) claimed the consolation championship on penalty kicks.

Andres Garcia made five goalie saves for East Union.

“We are happy with our progression it gives us something to focus on and a lot to work on,” Lancers coach Ronnie Green said.

East Union also played Enochs on Saturday, tying 1-1. The Eagles scored in the seventh minute and the Lancers in the eighth when Gio Perez scored on an assist from Ervin Mendiola.


Enochs 1, Lathrop 1 (2-1)

The Eagles won on penalty kicks.

The Spartans (2-5-2) got their lone goal from Javier Galvez on an assist from Brandon Rodriguez in the second half.

“It was a good tournament as far as competition to prepare us for the season,” Lathrop coach Alfredo Reynaga said. “The talent we faced was exactly what we needed to get ready for the season.

“We had some kids missing which gave others a chance to showcase themselves. We are looking forward to the season.”