Run­ner-up fin­ishes for both East Union teams

Honore leads come­back win over MHS in girls game

Manteca Bulletin - - Sports - By DAVE CAMP­BELL

Natasha Honore scored two goals for East Union and helped the Lancers se­cure the Val­ley Oak League’s sec­ond seed with a 3-2 come-frombe­hind win over Man­teca in the reg­u­lar-sea­son girls soc­cer fi­nale Wed­nes­day at Dino Cu­nial Field.

“We knew the win­ner of this game would take sec­ond,” Lancers coach Car­los Gas­par said. “In fact, if it was a tie, they would take sec­ond. Man­teca is a re­ally good team and it is hard to play against a team like that be­ing down 2-0 and then come back to win.

“I am proud of our per­for­mance and now we are get­ting ready for the play­offs.”

With the score tied 2-2, Jas­mine Me­jia scored on a throw-in from Chelsey Medeiro with 13 min­utes left in the game to give East Union (10-2-2 VOL, 15-5-2 over­all) a lead it would not re­lin­quish.

“I had to do any­thing I could to make that goal so we could win and move into sec­ond place,” Me­jia said. Chelsey (Medeiro) did a long throw in and it was open and I headed it

and then kicked it in.”

The Lancers tied the game on a left-footed goal from Natasha Honore mid­way through the sec­ond half.

“I’m not re­ally good with my left foot,” Honore said.

In the 24th minute Honore was able to get a re­bound back into the net to get East Union on the board and make the score 2-1.

“It was hard to con­trol the ball on that first goal,” Honore said. “It was off of a header by Jas­mine (Me­jia) and I volleyed us in. It was just the right place at the right time.”

Kait­lynn Fun­sch gave the Buf­faloes (10-2-2 VOL, 18-5-2 over­all) a 1-0 lead in the 10th minute and five min­utes later Melissa Poncini arced a 25-yard shot into the net to make the score 2-0.

Both teams will now await the re­lease of the Sac-Joaquin Sec­tion brack­ets on Fri­day for in­for­ma­tion on their first-round games on Wed­nes­day.

“Of course we wanted to go out and get the win,” Man­teca coach Justin Coe­nen­berg said. “But if you are not first, then sec­ond or third is not a huge dif­fer­ence. In play­offs you are still go­ing to have to go through the same teams and you are go­ing to play every­one even­tu­ally.

“I think we might be able to still get a home game be­cause the VOL gets a lot of re­spect. The most im­por­tant thing is we have a week to hope­fully get every­one healthy and if we can get healthy I think we can make a good run.”

Ripon 4, Hugh­son 0 RIPON — Cindy Al­varez capped scor­ing in the 59th minute, and Me­gan John­son as­sisted the first goal of the game as the four-year starters played their fi­nal reg­u­lar-sea­son home game for the sec­ond-place In­di­ans (8-1-1 Trans-Val­ley League, 13-4-2 over­all).

De­vaney Dougherty, Madi­son Pugh and Hai­ley Pugh each con­trib­uted a goal. Ari­ana Scholten had an as­sist. Ash­ley Pugh had two saves at goal with much of the ac­tion forced on Hugh­son’s de­fen­sive third, where the In­di­ans at­tempted 43 shots on goal.

Var­sity boys East Union 5, Man­teca 1 The Lancers (10-1-3 VOL, 18-4-4 over­all) trailed 1-0 at half­time and bounced back in the sec­ond half.

“We started out re­ally flat,” East Union coach Ron­nie Green said. “Not to take any­thing away from Man­teca High, they came out the first half and played great, but in the sec­ond half I made some changes and moved some guys back to where they nor­mally played and we started work­ing the ball through.

“We scored in the first minute of the sec­ond half and that kind of opened up the door.”

Jonathon Quin­tana got that quick goal for the Lancers in the sec­ond half off of an as­sist from Je­sus Hur­tado. Ja­cob Gar­cia, Oziel Jau­regi, Os­car Soto and Hur­tado added a goal apiece with two as­sists from Soto and one from Gar­cia.

Late in the first half Eric Gon­za­les gave the Buf­faloes (1-11-2, 1-16-2) a 1-0 lead on an as­sist from Fer­di­nand Rocha.

“We knew they were go­ing to come out strong in the sec­ond half,” Man­teca coach Daniel Gue­vara said. “Es­pe­cially with us lead­ing 1-0.

“Un­for­tu­nately, we didn’t hold our ground and they cap­i­tal­ized on that. We did not fol­low through on our mo­men­tum.”

Frosh-soph girls East Union 2, Man­teca 1 The Lancers claimed the Val­ley Oak League ti­tle with goals by Jas­mime Mast and Jas­mine Martinez.

Cyn­thia Romero played well in the goal for East Union.

Frosh-soph boys East Union 10, Man­teca 0 The Lancers wrapped up the sea­son un­de­feated over­all and league cham­pi­ons, go­ing 14-0 in the VOL and 24-0-2 over­all.

Jonathan Diaz led East Union with two goals with Pearce Kempt­ner, Jag­meet Gill and Gabriel Gu­tier­rez each ad­ding a goal.

Fer­nando Am­briz and Marco Gal­van com­bined in the goal for the Lancers to post a shutout

DAVE CAMP­BELL/ The Bul­letin

East Union’s Mar­i­ana Huizar heads the ball in front of a Man­teca player Wed­nes­day at Dino Cu­nial Field.

DAVE CAMP­BELL/The Bul­letin

East Union’s Jas­mine Me­jia gets the shot off from the top of vis­it­ing Man­teca’s penalty box.

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