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Back On Track: Soccer Boys Win Pair
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After last week’s puzzling two game ties, the Mustang varsity boys soccer team turned it around with a pair of Valley Oak League (VOL) victories this week. Oakdale knocked off Kimball and Weston Ranch to improve to an 11-2-4 overall record, 4-0-2 in league play.

The Mustangs hosted Kimball on Monday night, Sept.28 and fell behind 2-0 early. Oakdale regrouped and found the back of the net on a Wesley Allen first half goal to cut the deficit to 2-1. Fellow junior Austin Neave got in the act when he added two goals of his own to give Oakdale a 3-2 lead. Allen put the game away on his second goal of the evening, powering the Mustangs to a 4-2 comeback victory over the Jaguars. A pair of assists by Michael Arauza, and one each by Thomas Gonzalez and David Serrano also helped the Mustangs get back in the win column.

“We made adjustments in the second half. Last week we could not close out games, Monday night we got off to a slow start, but the boys did a great job responding,” said head coach Alfredo Quiroga.

Wednesday, Sept. 30 the boys hit the road to face the previously unbeaten-at-home Cougars. Oakdale came out fast and physical to pounce on the Cougars early to build up 2-0 halftime lead. Oakdale added two more second half goals to take a 4-0 lead and finished off the Cougars 4-1. Collin Harrity, Zidane Saucedo, Bryce Hobbs and Manuel Aguilar provided the Mustangs offensive attack as each scored a goal. Goalkeepers Nathan Richardson and Jose Solis combined for seven saves to help anchor the Mustangs victory.

“We were dominant from the beginning. I am very proud of the way the guys played, it’s a tough place to win at,” said Quiroga of the team’s road win.

Oakdale traveled to Central Catholic (2-4-0) on Monday night, after sports press time for The Leader. Wednesday, Oct. 7 the boys host struggling Manteca (1-4-1). Game time is scheduled for 6:30 p.m.