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SOCCER: Miller scores 3 as Buffs roll in Kicking for Cure
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Manteca High’s girls soccer team rolls into the Sac-Joaquin Section following a 9-0 shellacking of visiting Weston Ranch on Thursday.
The Valley Oak League finale at Guss Schmiedt Field doubled as Manteca’s annual Kicking for a Cure event. Funds raised will benefit MHS teacher Amy Gross, who is battling lung cancer. The Buffaloes soccer program is also hosting a Fagundes Meats & Catering drive-thru on Feb. 21.
Kaley Miller racked up a hat trick on Thursday, while Caitlynn Wong scored a brace. Jordyn Silva, Aleah Melendez, Kaylee Gines and Melissa Poncini added one goal apiece. Silva also had three assists.
Weston Ranch coach Gabe Padilla said he is proud to be part of the event for a fifth year, the first three with Lathrop. The Cougars (0-12, 1-20) finish the season without a league win, while Manteca advances to the Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs.
“For our last game of the season we just went out there looking to have fun and play the seniors as much as possible,” he said. “I also wanted to make it about a good cause.”

Ripon Christian 0, Orestimba 0
NEWMAN — The tight race for the Southern Athletic League title ended with Ripon Christian (10-1-3, 15-2-5) settling for third place following its scoreless draw at runner-up Orestimba (11-1-2, 13-10-2).
Mariposa (12-1-1, 13-2-1) leapfrogged Orestimba to seize the crown after beating Gustine, 2-0.
Goalie Nicole Chapman gathered six saves as the Knights tallied their 16th shutout of the season. Both teams had decent scoring chances. Thea Vander Meulen threatened to break the ice with a free kick but had it deflected away by the keeper. Rachel Oosterman had RC’s last look in the final minute but hit the side netting.

Varsity boys
East Union 3, Central Catholic 1

MODESTO — With its third-place spot already guaranteed, East Union (9-3, 17-6-2) allowed most of its starters to rest as they prepare for postseason play.
Alex Arroyo and Andrew Ramos netted the first two goals in the fifth and eighth minutes, respectively. Christian Tapia capped scoring in the 65th minute. Tapia also assisted Ramos’ goal.