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Oakdale Teams Travel To Stockton Tournament
Showing their second place trophy and individual player medals, Oakdale United Under 19 Insanity girls, with coach Sebastian Desales, battled a tough Santa Rosa Alliance team on Sunday to nail down the runner-up honors in the JJ Minor Memorial Tournament. Oakdale won two games via shutout on Saturday and went 2-2 for the weekend. Marg Jackson/The Leader

A pair of Oakdale United travel soccer teams hit the road for the JJ Minor Memorial Tournament in Stockton over the weekend.

The Under 13 boys had a tough go of it with their games at Edison High School, falling in two contests on Saturday and one on Sunday. They opened up against the Stockton Flames in their first game on Saturday and then faced off with the Livermore Fusion in the afternoon game. On Sunday, the United U13 boys fell in a shutout loss to the Stockton Storm. The Storm went on to defeat Livermore in the championship game.

Oakdale’s Under 19 Insanity girls opened up play with a thrashing of Vallejo, 7-0, in an 8 a.m. game Saturday and then battled past Davis 1-0 in the afternoon game. Goals in the opener came from Denise Thompson (2), Danae Rose (2), Jackie Valeriano, Jassmine Vigil and Vanessa Kualapai, converting on a penalty kick. Notching assists were Vigil, Valeriano, Logan Laugero, Patty Jacobo and Katie Homer. Goalkeeper Melissa Ibarra had six saves.

The girls got a goal from Valeriano in the second half against Davis in the afternoon game, assisted by Laugero and Jacobo, with Ibarra making seven saves in that contest.

Sunday morning, the Insanity fell in a 5-1 decision to Santa Rosa Empire Alliance, the goal coming from Laugero with the assist by Jacobo. Santa Rosa attacked the net and took advantage of corner kick opportunities, though Ibarra also turned away 10 shots on goal.

The same teams met in the championship game on Sunday afternoon, the Alliance again having the upper hand and taking a shutout win off the field. Coaches Brian Orr and Sebastian Desales noted that the Alliance is ranked in the top five in Northern California and the Insanity battled them tough through a pair of games on the turf at Lincoln High School. A 12-save effort from Ibarra and some solid teamwork by the Insanity earned them the second place trophy at the tournament, losing only to Santa Rosa. They were also the only team that scored on the Alliance squad the entire weekend.

The U19 team will be hosting a fundraising day at Oakdale’s Cocina Michoacana Restaurant on Wednesday, Feb. 25 with the business donating 20 percent of the day’s proceeds to the team as they prepare for state competition starting next month.