Oakdale’s varsity soccer girls went to Pitman High School in Turlock to play in a two day soccer fest, kicking off preseason action. The Lady Mustangs went 3-1 in the tournament with a pair of shutout wins. Oakdale blanked Ceres 2-0 behind two second half goals. Sophomores Viviana Albor (midfielder and forward) and Talia Millard (midfielder) scored Oakdale’s goals with assists by seniors Megan Burke (midfielder) and Bailey Antonio (midfielder). Defending the net were seniors Melissa Ibarra and Kaylee DeRuyter.
In game two, Oakdale fell 2-1 to River City. Senior forward Madison Feuerstein got Oakdale on the board in the first half. Ibarra had four saves for Oakdale and DeRuyter had three. The Lady Mustangs bounced back with a four goal performance against Hilmar. Oakdale took the match 4-1 on Saturday afternoon. Feuerstein erupted for three goals and added an assist to help carry Oakdale to victory. Burke found the net for Oakdale, while Albor and Antonio dished the ball for a total of three assists between them.
Oakdale’s final game of the weekend was reminiscent of the way the team started the tournament, with a shutout victory. The Lady Mustangs won 3-0 over Turlock. With the team scoring all three goals in the first half, Oakdale’s Feuerstein scored her fourth goal of the weekend. Albor added her second goal and sophomore forward Kylee Black scored her first goal at the varsity level. Antonio earned her third assist of the weekend for Oakdale. Ibarra and DeRuyter stood their ground inside the posts.
The team’s 3-1 record earned them second place in their pool play.
“I thought the girls played very well at the tournament. We still have some things to work on before our regular season starts up,” head coach Alfredo Quiroga said.
Oakdale will hit the road against Enochs on Monday, March 7 with a start time of 3:30 p.m. Oakdale returns home on Monday, March 14 to welcome Franklin at 5:30 p.m.