The Oakdale High School varsity girls soccer team played two games this past week. Oakdale (6-7-3, 2-4-2) took on Manteca and East Union at home but also had to battle the elements as well as their Valley Oak League rivals.
Soggy field conditions and high winds did not slow down the Lady Mustangs. On Monday, Jan. 14 the girls hosted Manteca (7-6-4, 4-2-2) and ended up tying the Lady Buffaloes 2-2 in the contest.
In the tie, Maquel Besson and Hannah Guthrie each scored goals for Oakdale. Besson’s goal came unassisted and Besson assisted Guthrie with her goal. The Lady Mustangs trailed 2-1 after the first half but Guthrie’s goal tied the game.
On Wednesday, the girls hosted the first place Lancers (13-2-1, 7-1-0). Oakdale fell to the visitors 3-2, after leading 2-1 in the first half.
Kassy Rodriguez and Guthrie each had goals for Oakdale in the first half, with the Rodriguez goal assisted by Guthrie and Jade Manriquez assisting on the Guthrie score.
Playing goalkeeper in the first half was Lindsey Lumm and Victoria Rojas played goalkeeper in the second.
“I thought the girls played awesome, and put up a great fight against the current first place team, and it just was not enough,” said Oakdale head coach Grace Fernandes.
With the loss, Oakdale is currently in fifth place in the Valley Oak League with four games remaining on their schedule. The Lady Mustangs will be at Sierra (18-2-1, 6-0-0) on Wednesday, Jan. 23 for their lone game of the week.
Oakdale will host Weston Ranch (1-15-0, 0-7-0) on Wednesday, Jan. 30 for Senior Night 2019, with that celebration having to be rescheduled from an earlier rained out celebration. The Lady Mustangs will finish the season on the road for their final two games when they take on Kimball (5-7-4, 2-3-2) on Monday, Feb. 4 and play at Central Catholic (1-11-2, 1-5-2) on Thursday, Feb. 6.
It was a rough week for the JV soccer girls. On Monday, Jan. 14 the team lost to Manteca 2-0 and followed that up with a 3-0 loss to East Union.
“I thought our girls played well in the second half against Manteca,” said head coach Joey Micheletti.
He also said he was impressed with his goalkeeper Jordan Elting.
“I feel like Elting played well considering the elements,” he noted of battling the weather and the opposing team.