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Valdovinos hat trick, frosh-soph goalie spearhead Buffalo victory
Delhi defender Rafael Macias tries to poke the ball away from Manteca midfielder Ricardo Marin. - photo by JONAMAR JACINTO

Jose Zamarripa was packing up his belongings on the sideline after helping Manteca High’s frosh-soph team score a shutout victory over Delhi Friday.

Varsity head coach Justin Coenenberg asked him to stay.

With one goalie already out with an injury and the other hurting a hand during pregame warm-ups, the varsity squad needed Zamarripa, a sophomore, between the posts for another 80 minutes of action. Manteca did more than enough offensively in the 5-2 victory to keep the pressure off him, but he had his fair share of busy moments in the match.

Nacho Valdovinos had a hat trick in the season opener, while Marcus Montano assisted four goals. Brandon Landwehr scored Manteca’s first goal in the 11th minute. Ramon Rodriguez contributed a goal and an assist.

“(Zamarripa) did great — he really surprised us,” Coenenberg said. “He’s a hard worker and is not scared to make saves, and he had some great ones.”

Manteca led 2-0 at halftime before Delhi struck 15 minutes into the second half with Ismael Udave’s score off a cornerkick. Isaias Cervantes closed the Hawks in 4-2 in the 72nd minute.

It was the first time Manteca had scheduled Delhi for a nonleague match, and despite the one-sided score he came away impressed. Delhi is a Southern League contender that reached the Sac-Joaquin Section Division VI semifinal last year.

“I really didn’t know what to expect, but they are a solid team,” Coenenberg said. “They actually outplayed us in the second half and dominated possession, the difference for us is that we were able to finish our opportunities.”



Manteca 4, Delhi 0

Gino Mercado, Kevin Rodriguez, Oscar Ponce and Raul Marquez each scored in the Buffaloes’ landslide victory.