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MFC fares well in own tournament
The Manteca Futbol Club under-9 boys claimed the indoor soccer title at Big League Dreams. The team consists of: (top, from left) coach Marlin Cobb, Eric Barron, Gerardo Cabrera, Edwin Mata, Oscar Avalos, Felipe Munoz, Oscar Guitron, coach Javier Rodriguez; (bottom row) Oziel Jauregui, David Gonzalez, Jose Zepeda, Oscar Soto, Eric Ruvalcaba and Tyler Cobb. - photo by Photo Contributed
Manteca Futbol Club’s under-10 girls Flames coasted to a first-place finish in the inaugural Manteca FC Spring Invitational this past weekend at Woodward Park, winning three of their four matches by at least a six-goal margin in the gold division.

The invitational featured over 110 teams from all over Northern California with a few hailing from Nevada.

The Flames crushed Modesto Ajax United Elite 7-1 in the final to capture their second straight tournament title.

Dayanna Hernandez was awarded the Golden Boot after scoring 14 of the team’s 26 tournament goals. Also contributing with goals were Alexis Vilarino, Lejla Pepic, Selena Alvarez and Jocelyn Reyes.

Daisy Galindo and Faith Chavez racked up a lot of the assists, while Andrea Eusebio, Maddie Cuculich and Nathalie Munguia anchored a stout defensive line that yielded just two goals.

The Flames’ second match of the tournament was their toughest, and it was against the same team they beat for the championship. Manteca FC won 2-0 in the first meeting after trouncing EPA United Scorpians 8-1 to open pool play.

In the semifinals, the Flames recorded their second clean sheet in a 6-0 win over Davis Legacy Millennium. The Jr. Pumas, another Manteca FC squad, dropped a 1-0 heartbreaker to Modesto Ajax in the other semifinal match, preventing an all-MFC finals matchup.

Under-11 girls
The Manteca FC Red Devils were a win away from garnering the championship but ran into powerhouse Santa Clara Sporting Green in the title match, which they dropped, 7-0.

The Red Devils survived two one-goal victories to get to that point, one of them against in-town rival Manteca Rangers.

Kyndra Kiser struck in the second half for the lone goal of the semifinal match, which the Red Devils claimed 1-0 against the Rangers.

Rosalia Ravelo and Jordyn Costa put their offensive skills on display during the team’s two pool games.

Ravelo posted a hat trick, and Costa scored twice in the 5-2 opener against Elk Grove Shooting Stars. Daniela Becerra, Ariana Cardenas and Chloe Benham contributed with assists.

Manteca FC edged out Carson FC Wolfpack of Nevada 2-1 in the second contest, with both goals scored by Costa. Goalkeeper Alyssa Taboa assisted one of those scores and was key on her end of the field, where she helped preserve the victory with big saves.

Jessa Johnson and Melissa Suarez were the Red Devils’ top defenders.

— Jonamar Jacinto