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SOCCER: VOL-leading Weston Ranch hold on for tie with Oakdale
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Weston Ranch’s boys soccer team escaped with a 1-1 tie against Oakdale on Thursday and its lead still intact atop the Valley Oak League.
“It was an intense game, but we probably left some points on the field,” Weston Ranch coach Francisco Cisneros said.
Caden Frazee scored the equalizer for Oakdale (2-0-2 VOL, 5-3-4 overall) in the closing minutes. Weston Ranch (3-0-1, 5-0-5) missed a penalty kick early in the second half.
Angel Rico finished a cross from Aaron Silva to push the Cougars ahead late in the first half. Francisco Vega nearly kept the sheet clean for Weston Ranch and came up with nine saves.
The Cougars lead Sierra in the standings by one point and Oakdale by two.

Sierra 4, Central Catholic 2
MODESTO — Andrew Banegas assisted goals for Jordan Shinn, Adib Guedoir and Tristan Gonzalez, as Sierra (3-1, 6-3) inched closer to Weston Ranch.
Shinn struck first in the sixth minute, but the Raiders (0-3-2, 3-3-2) answered for their two goals to jump ahead. Manny Magana drew a foul and converted the penalty kick in the final minute of the first half to tie it.

East Union 8, W. Ranch 0

Thania Valencia recorded a hat trick and assisted Cynthia Romero’s goal in the lopsided VOL tilt Wednesday.
East Union improved to 3-0 in league and 5-4-2 overall going into a tough three-match week that includes games at reigning champion Sierra and Manteca.
Taylor Campbell buried two second half goals, Taylor McMahon scored one and assisted another, and Melanie Gonzales contributed a goal. Hailey Sims chimed in with two assists.
Weston Ranch (0-3, 0-9-2) had one shot on goal. Starting goalie Kehura Ellerbe came up with six saves, and reserve Evelyn Soria had four.

Ripon Christian 2, Le Grand 0
Second-half goals from Elle Van Wyngarden and Taylor Postma helped keep the Knights (4-0, 7-4-1) perfect in Southern Athletic League play.
Maya DeJong was involved in both scoring sequences. She first found Van Wyngarden on the opposite post in the 49th minute. Ripon Christian doubled the lead on Postma’s first varsity tally, a deflection of a DeJong shot.
Goalkeeper Nicole Chapman has yet to be scored in against SAL opponents with help from defenders Kirsi Vander Meulen, Adri Arias, Meghan Johnston and Emma Kowes. 

JV girls soccer
East Union 6, Weston Ranch 1

East Union’s Melissa Gonzales and Taylor Theiss struck for two goals each, while Brittney Barrington and Carlee Canady scored one apiece.
Samantha Hernandez accounted for the Cougars’ only goal.