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MASL Sharks head into year-end playoffs unbeaten
The first-year Manteca Aquatics Penguins celebrated the end of its first season this past weekend at a year-end banquet. Pictured are (Bottom row, from left): Hayley Boyd, Julia de Groot, Michaela Loomis, Ashley Maderos, Alyssa Froiland; (second row) Rachel Holmstrom, Janelle Machedo, Miranda McDonnell, Brandon Craighead, Joshua Craighead; (third row) Coach Clay Basepayne, Trent Grownow, Austin McDonnell, Kevin Craighead, Devin Brown; (top row) Bradley McCain, James Thompson, Zach Holmstrom and Stephanie Davis. - photo by Photo Contributed
The Manteca Area Soccer League under-10 girls all-star Sharks maintained their undefeated record in Bill Meyer Winter League action this past weekend.
The Sharks (7-0-3) battled Tracy to a 2-2 draw in their first of two games. Sierra Martinez and Patricia Tajii each had a goal, but the hero was goalkeeper Bailey Glover, who recorded five big saves to preserve the tie. Allison Bitle aided her keeper with good play on the defensive line.
The Sharks far less resistance in their second game, as they drubbed County Line Galt, 7-0.
Britney Moneyhun and Ariana Cardenas highlighted the attack with two goals apiece. Phoebe Roberts, Kaitlyn Funsch and Tajii each added one score.
Kaleigh Doyle recorded the shutout at goal, and Allison Hoyer was the defensive standout.
The MASL all-stars cap the season with the Bill Meyer Winter League playoffs next weekend.
Under-18 Cougars
The California Cougars finished 1-2-1 in the prestigious SC Del Sol President’s Day Tournament last weekend in Phoenix, Ariz.
The Cougars opened with a 2-0 loss to Utah Rush Nike 91, missing out on many scoring opportunities. Goalie Morgan Kinyon recorded five saves.
California rebounded with a 3-2 victory over JB Marine of Missouri, coming back from an early 2-0 deficit. Mallory Engelhardt, Alexis Poppoff and Melissa Worthington scored, with assists coming from Amie Gillett, Marena O’Leary and Poppoff.
Mesa United, the top-ranked team in Arizona, then beat the Cougars, 3-0. The Cougars needed to win to advance to the quarterfinals.
They finished the tournament with a 2-2 tie against FC United Select from Chicago in one of six consolation championship matches. Megan Mossman and Sara Pimentel provided the scoring for California. Engelhardt and Mossman each chipped in an assist.
The Cougars wrap up the season with the Nomads College Showcase next month.
Manteca Aquatics
The Penguins awarded their top swimmers in their year-end banquet this past weekend. The year-round program finished its inaugural season with some success, as several swimmers qualified for the Junior Olympics and the Far Westerns.
Earning awards were: Joshua Craighead (8-under boys), Alyssa Froiland (9-10 girls), Brandon Craighead (9-10 boys), Miranda McDonnell (11-12 girls), Austin McDonnell (11-12 boys), Julia de Groot (13-14 girls), Kevin Craighead (13-14 boys), Stephanie Davis (15-16 girls) and Zach holstrom (15-16 boys).

— Jonamar Jacinto