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Dominant first round playoff win for Lady Mustang soccer
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Senior Kyndra Obermeyer sends the header off toward the goal in first half action Saturday afternoon, Feb. 10 in The Corral. She scored the first goal of the game as the varsity Lady Mustangs opened their playoff run with a 6-2 victory over visiting Ceres. Jeff Kettering/The Leader

With a 3-1 lead at the half, Oakdale’s varsity soccer girls cruised to a 6-2 victory over visiting Ceres in the opening round of the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Division 3 playoffs.

The Valley Oak League champion Lady Mustangs clinched the two seed and opened their playoff run at home on Saturday, Feb. 10 as they hosted Ceres. Oakdale earned a 6-2 first round victory.

Getting the party started early, Kyndra Obermeyer sent the ball to the back of the net on a header less than four minutes in to the contest to put the home team up 1-0. It was a 2-0 lead on a score from Dakota Burford with about 15 minutes elapsed in the contest. A corner kick by Mia Peterson resulted in another score off an Oakdale header with 11:39 to go in the opening half, and though Ceres notched a goal late in the first, Oakdale remained in control for the contest, outscoring the visitors by the same 3-1 margin in the second half.

With the 6-2 victory, Oakdale moves on to the second round. They are scheduled to host the number seven seed, Ponderosa, on Wednesday, Feb. 14 at 6 p.m.

Ponderosa was a 3-2 first round winner over number 10 seed Pioneer.

Other remaining teams in the tournament include top seed West Park, number three Manteca, number four Rio Americano, five seed Vista del Lago, number six Christian Brothers and number eight seed Roseville.

A second-round win over Ponderosa by the Lady Mustangs on Feb. 14 would give Oakdale the opportunity to host the winner of the Manteca - Christian Brothers second round match. That game would be on Friday, Feb. 16 in the semifinals, scheduled for 6 p.m.

The championship game is scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 22 at 5 p.m. at Cosumnes River College.



In the team’s season finale on Feb. 6, the Oakdale varsity boys defeated Manteca by a final of 3-1. Jason Martinho had a pair of goals and Jesus Corona also had a goal. Abraham Isidro had two assists and Cesar Galvan had an assist. It was Senior Night and the following senior Mustang players were celebrated: Harold Vanegas, Raul Guerrero, Cesar Galvan, David Kouasi, Tyler Haun, Bryce Reeh, Jason Arias, Sebastian Soto and Endy Perez.


Leader Editor Marg Jackson contributed to this report.

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Moments before their season finale on Feb. 6, the eight OHS varsity senior soccer players participated in Senior Night festivities. The squad then went on to post a 3-1 win over Manteca. DENNIS D. CRUZ/THE LEADER
In perfect position to chip the ball in past the Ceres keeper, Lady Mustang varsity player Dakota Burford scores during first half action on Saturday, Feb. 10. Oakdale hosted Ceres in the opening round of the playoffs and defeated the visitors by a 6-2 final. JEFF KETTERING/THE LEADER