Freshman Cameron Silva hammered an early free kick into the back of the net, and the lead stood for Manteca as it held on to beat intra-city foe East Union 1-0 Friday at Guss Schmiedt Field.
The Buffaloes (4-1-1, 13-1-3 overall) were able to stay level with Kimball for second place in the Valley Oak League standings, five points behind reigning champion Sierra.
Manteca had chances to widen the lead in the first half and held a 22-6 advantage on overall shots.
“We had a little bit of bad luck here and there hitting the posts a few times, but we did a good job of creating scoring opportunities,” Manteca coach Justin Coenenberg said. “The second half was more back and forth but I felt like we were well in control of the game.
Aimee Meier recorded five saves in Manteca’s second shutout this week.
It was the third loss of the week for East Union (3-3, 5-7-2), which is still positioned well for one of the four postseason spots.
“We had a rough week playing the top teams in the league,” East Union coach Carlos Gaspar said. “I thought our defense stepped up today and our goalies kept us in the game.”
Los Banos 7, Lathrop 3
LOS BANOS — Juan Carrillo, Anthony Gonzales, Ken Ruelas were the goal scorers for Lathrop (1-4, 3-9-1.
The host Tigers also claimed the junior varsity match, 4-1.
Junior varsity girls
Sierra13, Weston Ranch 1
Eleven different players found the back of the net for the Timberwolves, with Larissa Phillips and Lela Schuler accounting for two each.
Becca Thomson, Peyton Flores, Mikayla Jackson, Maria Barajas, Symone Panigada, Jisselle Garcia, Kyndall Wesley, Annika Beall and Presley Perez also got involved in the scoring spree. Jenni Nassayan, Nayleen Yamamoto and Thomson handed out two assists apiece.