The Panthers struck first and never looked back, winning their Manteca Area Soccer League opener 6-2 over the Pink Ladies at Woodward Park Saturday in the under-8 girls division.
Alicia Cruz led the offensive barrage with three goals for the Panthers. Kaylee Gines pitched in with two goals, and Fatima Jauregui had one.
Cruz and Jauregui also split time at goal and were well protected by defenders Breanna Flores and Isabella Pires.
In other MASL action Saturday:
Arsenal 1, Fury 0
Goalkeeper Kareena Escartin did her best to thwart Arsenal, which eventually broke the scoreless tie 10 minutes into the second half.
Georgia Arriola and Courteney Barker aggressively defended Fury’s goal box. Anna Bingham did well to pressure Aresnal’s defense with several goal-scoring opportunities.
Lions 2, Revolution 2
The Lions managed a draw despite missing three key players. Alonso Espejo anchored the Lions by scoring a goal and playing great defense.
Tarunjit Singh netted their other goal, while Joseph Paulsen and Shaun Sellner Jr. each had an assist. Goalkeeper Daniel Acosta picked up some key saves to help preserve the tie.
Lady Bugs 4, Chiva Ladies 0
Things just didn’t go the Chiva Ladies’ way despite some good play at various positions.
Goalies Makenna Bragg and Taylor John limited the damage inflicted by the Lady Bugs attack. Bayleigh Walker had Chiva’s best look to score but couldn’t convert.
Other key contributors were: Amanda Gomez, Daniella Torres, Vanessa Reyes, Madicyn McDonald, Evelyn Gonzalez, Isabel Muzquiz and Kylie Chaudhry.
Speed Racers 5, Spitfires 3
It was a tale of two halves, but the Speed Racers’ 3-1 edge in the first half was enough for the win.
The Spitfires, who got goals from Levi DeGroot and Avery Flores, picked up their play in the second half and was one goal shy of the lead until the Speed Racers put one in during the final seconds of the match.
Donovan Armstrong and Danny Gonzalez shared time at goal for the Spitfires.
Lions 1, Stingrays 1
Michael Arriola recorded three saves to help the Lions come away with a tie.
The Stingrays went into the second half with a one-goal lead before Alex Willis punched in the equalizer.
— Jonamar Jacinto