Coming off a difficult recent three-game skid, the Oakdale High School varsity girls soccer team bounced back in a big way. After scoring a total of 47 goals in their first 19 games this season, the Lady Mustangs erupted for 25 goals in two games this past week in a pair of Valley Oak League shutout victories.
Oakdale (12-6-3, 5-4-1) defended home field against Weston Ranch (6-11, 1-9-0) on Monday evening, April 18. Earlier in the season, Oakdale went on the road and defeated the Cougars 4-0. In the April 18 contest, the girls showed their dominance over the Cougars yet again with a 13-0 win. With multi-goal games by both Megan Burke and Brianna Montoya, each with two goals in the win, the Lady Mustangs had no trouble galloping to the victory. Oakdale jumped out to a 7-0 lead at the break and never looked back. Along with Burke and Montoya’s goals, senior midfielder Madison Feuerstein added a goal and three assists in the win. Also filling up the Lady Mustang stat sheet were Talia Millard, Alyssa Rowe, Ana Jacobo, Haley Dodd, Bailey Antonio and Krissy Lolonis, who all added goals. Oakdale tallied a total of 10 assists in the match with a pair from Lolonis and Montoya, and Breanna Garza, Viviana Albor and Antonio each adding one. Weston Ranch only had three shot attempts on the night, as senior goalkeeper Kaylee DeRuyter had three saves in the win.
“When the offense has the ball for most of the game, you take away from the other team’s opportunities. We capitalized on that tonight,” said a pleased Lady Mustangs coach Alfredo Quiroga following the game.
Following the impressive performance, Oakdale continued to sizzle on offense two days later against Lathrop. Like Weston Ranch, Oakdale shut out Lathrop earlier in the season and followed up with a 12-0 win over the Spartans on Wednesday night. Feuerstein set the Oakdale High School goals record with the 87th goal of her career. Feuerstein scored three goals in the match and her second half goal surpassed Jill Kahler’s 86 career goals set in 2012.
“She has had a great season. It is quite the accomplishment (setting the record) and I am very proud of her,” Coach Quiroga said, who coached both girls in their record-setting years.
Montoya, Lolonis, Albor and Logan Laugero added two goals each in the win. Oakdale also added eight assists in the game, led by Bailey Antonio with two. The Spartans had three shot attempts on the night but were shut out by goalkeeper DeRuyter.
Currently the Oakdale varsity sits in fourth place in the highly competitive Valley Oak League standings. With four games remaining on the schedule, three of which are on the road, the Lady Mustangs will have to make a push in the standings. Oakdale is 1-3 against the teams remaining on their schedule. Oakdale clashed with first place Sierra (19-0-4, 8-0-2) on Monday, April 25 after The Leader’s press time and will play second place Manteca (17-2-1, 8-1-1) on Wednesday night, April 27 with the game set for 6:30 p.m.