For both the boys and girls Oakdale varsity soccer teams, the winter has not been kind. Both teams suffered a pair of league losses this past week and those losses put their playoff hopes in jeopardy.
The Oakdale varsity boys played three games this past week and went 1-2 in the trio of contests. On Monday, Jan. 23 Oakdale (10-6-2, 4-3-2) traveled to Manteca (8-7-1, 3-4-0) and led 1-0 after a goal from Albert Martinez on an assist by Manuel Aguilar in the first half. Oakdale went into the half up 1-0 but Manteca’s offense came to life in the second half and scored three unanswered goals to win 3-1.
On Wednesday night, the boys hosted first place East Union (13-1-3, 8-0-1) inside The Corral. After a scoreless first half, Oakdale fell behind 2-0 early in the second half and could not rebound. Oakdale found the net late in the second half on a Winslow Barrales unassisted goal.
In a makeup game from Jan. 18, due to thunderstorms on the original game date, the team traveled back to Tracy on Friday night to play their game against Kimball (4-8-1, 2-6-1). Oakdale’s recently struggling offense woke up in the makeup game. The Mustangs scored three goals in the first half and added three more in the second to win 6-1 over the Jags. Barrales scored three goals in the win and now has 10 goals on the season. Tony Verduzco, Alejandro Gonzalez and Adriel Fernandez also found the net in the Mustangs victory.
Oakdale currently sits in fourth place and have five games remaining on their schedule. On Monday, Jan. 30 the boys traveled to take on second place Sierra (13-6-1, 7-2-0). The game was held following The Leader press time. Wednesday night, Feb. 1 the boys host last place Lathrop (4-11-2, 0-8-1).Game time is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Monday night, Feb. 6 Oakdale is scheduled to travel to Weston Ranch (4-8-5, 2-4-2) to take on the Cougars. Game time is scheduled for 6:30 p.m.
The young Mustangs went 1-1 on the week with a 7-0 road win over Manteca on Monday, Jan. 23 but fell to visiting East Union on Wednesday night, Jan. 25 by a 4-2 final. Three goals by Eric Anaya helped lift the Mustangs to the road win. Scoring two goals of his own was Juan Mata, and scoring the final goals for Oakdale were David Ayala and Carson Frazee. Assists came from Frazee, Edgar Herrera, Miguel Cadillac, CJ Glow, Thomas Knierneme and Mata.
In their home loss, Eric Anaya scored both goals for Oakdale. Frazee and Knierneme each added an assist.
Since winning their lone league game two weeks ago, the girls have dropped four straight games. In that time span the team has been outscored 15-1. This past week Oakdale (3-13-0, 1-8-0) was shut out 5-0 by Manteca (11-4-1, 5-2-0) on the road and lost at home 2-0 to East Union (10-4-1, 6-2-1). With only five games remaining on their schedule, Oakdale looks to finish the season strong. Four of their last five games will be road games. Oakdale traveled to Sierra to take on the first place Timberwolves (17-2-0, 8-1-0) on Tuesday, Jan. 31 following The Leader press time. On Thursday the girls will travel to take on Lathrop (2-7, 2-5) with a scheduled start time of 5:30 p.m. Tuesday night, Feb. 7 fans, players and alumni will honor the seven seniors on this year’s Oakdale team with Senior Night festivities. The ceremony will be held prior to the game with Weston Ranch (1-11-1, 0-8-0) scheduled for 5:30 p.m. inside The Corral.
Oakdale tied Manteca on the road 2-2 on Tuesday, Jan. 24. Goals were scored by Alyssa Stott and Payton Bohannon. Thursday night the girls fell to East Union 3-1. Scoring Oakdale’s lone goal was by Emily Takaki.