Whether it was 4-1 or 4-2, regardless of what the scoreboard showed with less than four minutes remaining; it was not a good night for the Oakdale High School Lady Mustangs varsity soccer program.
On Wednesday night, Jan. 23, Oakdale (6-8-3, 2-5-2) took on first place Sierra (20-2-1, 8-0-0) at Sierra High School in Manteca. Oakdale head coach Grace Fernandes was displeased with the officiating crew early and often in the road contest and it took her to a breaking point. Following what she described as a “questionable goal” by Sierra that appeared to go in through the side of the net and not in the goal in the first half, she began to voice her displeasure. Later in the match, a goal by Jade Manriquez was waved off due to an offside call on the Lady Mustangs. Minutes later a penalty kick for Sierra was called and this was the final straw for Coach Fernandes.
“They called the game early because I flipped out on the ref. He gave them two penalty kicks; I could not keep my composure,” admitted Coach Fernandes. “In the first half they counted a goal for them (Sierra) that went through the side netting and not in the goal. I apologize if this reflects negatively on our school or the program.”
Oakdale’s goal was scored by Maquel Besson, assisted by Bri Montoya in the first half and was ruled as the team’s lone goal of the game, but Coach Fernandes was adamant about Manriquez’s goal counting, listing the game as a 4-2 final.
As for Sierra, senior Jadyn Shinn had the three goal hat trick and sophomore Tiana Cello added the other goal.
Following the loss, Oakdale is now in fifth place in the Valley Oak League standings with three games remaining in the regular season. Their next game will be at home against Weston Ranch (1-16-0, 0-8-0) on Wednesday, Jan. 30. This game is scheduled for 5:45 p.m. and will be Senior Night for the squad.
The young Lady Mustangs were blanked by the Timberwolves 1-0 in their lone match of the week at Sierra. The host team scored in the first half and Oakdale could not find the equalizer.
“We had trouble moving the ball in the first half but the second half was much better,” said Oakdale head coach Joey Micheletti.
This week Oakdale will host Weston Ranch on Wednesday at 3:30 p.m.