The regular season came to a close this past week for the Oakdale High School varsity girls soccer team. Oakdale (8-8-4, 4-5-3) capped off the regular season campaign this past week with a tie and a victory. On Monday, Feb. 4 the girls tied Kimball on the road in a scoreless showdown 0-0. This is the second time this season that the Lady Mustangs and Jags (6-8-7, 3-4-5) tied against one another. Earlier this season their match resulted in a 1-1 tie.
Wednesday night the girls took on Central Catholic (2-14-2, 2-8-2) in Modesto and won the game 5-0 over the Raiders. Senior Krissy Lolonis scored two goals for Oakdale. Fellow senior Bri Montoya also scored a goal, freshman Jade Manriquez and sophomore Hannah Guthrie capped off the night with a goal each. Makena Winton, Kendra Branch, Alexandra Casillas had one assist each and Kassandra Rodriguez had two assists. Goalkeeper Victoria Rojas had a shutout between the posts. Their win gave the girls a playoff spot; with the playoffs beginning Wednesday, Feb. 13.
“We are excited about moving forward with the playoffs, and enjoying these last few games as a team,” said head coach Grace Fernandes. “The year has had some major ups and downs, but the kids are enjoying their season and are such a fun group of girls.”
Oakdale goes in to the playoffs as the No. 13 seed in Division III and will travel to No. 4 Beyer for a 3 p.m. game Wednesday, Feb. 13. A win against Beyer would see Oakdale move on to the second round to take on the winner of the No. 5 East Union vs. No. 12 Golden Valley match up, with the second round game on the road Friday, Feb. 15 at 6 p.m.
In their lone game of the week, Oakdale traveled to Tracy to take on Kimball. The girls capped off their season with a 3-1 loss. Lydia Stueve scored the team’s lone goal of the contest in the first half. She tied a team high in season goals with three total, tying with Giselle Juarez for the team lead. Although the JV girls finished with a league record of 3-1-6, they did manage to score 17 goals on the season and only allowed 14.
“Tough year that had injuries and illnesses, but the team collectively played great when healthy,” said first year coach Joey Micheletti. “We had some unlucky losses in very close games. I am looking forward to the progress of the team for next season.”