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Jimenez-Rivera fires five goals for under-14 Santos
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A hat trick wasn’t good enough for Oscar Jimenez-Rivera and Manteca Area Soccer League’s under-14 boys Santos Saturday at Woodward Park.

Santos won a 7-4 shootout against Cruz Azul, with Jimenez-Rivera accounting for five of his team’s goals. Cedric Arauzo added two goals to Santos’ cause.

Nicholas Henry and Daniel White did enough at goal to keep Cruz Azul in check, and Aaron Pilkay made several good defensive stands.

In other MASL action Saturday:

Under-14 girls
Fury 1, Earthquakes 1
The Fury settled for a tie in its first of two matches Saturday despite solid play all over the field. Kyleigh Range scored Fury’s only goal.

Kareena Escartin made several game-saving goals behind defenders Georgia Arriola, Shelby Greiman and Tessa Peterson. Itzel Castrejon, Allison Rachels, Adrianna Hernandez and Julianna Penera joined Range in keeping the pressure on the Earthquakes’ back line.

Fury 1, Silver Extreme 1
Escartin was again key for Fury, coming up with three big saves in the first half and five more in the second. She got help from defenders Courtney Barker, Tatianna Long, Anna Bingham, Annikka Bingham and Peterson.

Nour Hamza punched in Fury’s goal in the 15th minute — 5 minutes after Silver Extreme took the match’s only lead.

Under-12 girls
Freedom 2, Blue Thunder 1

Blue Thunder struck with the game’s first goal early on, but the Freedom defense tightened up for the remainder of the match. Gabriella Perez netted the deciding goal, assisted by Fabiola Magana. Annisity Miller was responsible for Freedom’s equalizing goal late in the first half.

Vanessa Cuellar was credited for her work at goal along with the defense Gaven Kaur. Athena Allen and Lauren Holmes played well at midfield.

Dynamo 4, Cougars 0
Isabella Carter scored twice, and Kendall Wackerly and Alina Coronado added one apiece for good measure. Bailey Glover assisted Coronado’s goal.

Dynamo got excellent defensive play by Chelsey Medeiros, Kelley Higginson, Susan Burke and Glover at goal in the shutout.

Under-10 boys
Lions 2, Comets 1
Taranhit Singh highlighted a busy day for the Lions Saturday with the game-winning goal directly off a cornerkick. Jacob Raya also scored, with the assist coming from Elijah Raya.

Daniel Acosta and Ramiro Suarez split time at goalie. Alonso Espejo, Cameron Nahiem and Elijah Raya played well defensively.

Cruz Azul 3, Lions 0
The Lions were shut down by Cruz Azul’s stingy defense, but goalies Acosta and Suarez did well to limit the damage at goal. Alejandro Ochoa and Chase Wichert also saw a lot of action in the Lions’ defensive zone.

Under-8 boys
Revolution 3, Unicorns 2
Amaya Terry did the damage for Revolution, scoring all of the team’s goals en route to a hotly-contested victory. Assists came from Caitlin Morrow, Allison Berchtold and Ashley Dillman.

Olivia Nunn picked up five saves in the first half, while second-half keeper Kaitlin Reyes recorded four. Aaliyah Lopez and Tarman Kaur stood out defensively for Revolution.

Lions 2, Strikers 2
The Lions were unable to hold off a strong second-half surge from the Strikers after taking a 2-0 lead into halftime, but the goalkeeping play of Jahir Munguia (five saves) and the defense of Nickolas McConnell, Hunter Darden and Michael Arriola did enough to preserve the draw.
Luke Samsons struck for the Lions in the 6th minute, and Bobby Martin scored their second goal. Elias Trujillo turned in two saves as the Lions’ first-half keeper.

— Jonamar Jacinto