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Soccer Boys End Preseason On High Note
Oakdale Mustang junior Daniel Villa fights off the Beyer defender for the ball. Villa and the Mustangs won both of their final preseason home games. The team went 5-2-3 during the preseason and began league play on Monday, Sept. 15 against Manteca. - photo by DENNIS D. CRUZ/THE LEADER

Oakdale’s varsity boys soccer team improved their record to 5-2-3 on the season after back to back home victories this past week.

On Wednesday, Sept. 10 the boys welcomed Beyer to town and in lopsided fashion the Mustangs defeated the Patriots 8-1. The offense came out aggressive as senior Juan Rangel scored a pair of goals within the first five minutes of play. Rangel finished the day with four goals total. Everyone in a Mustangs uniform got involved as two goals and an assist came from junior Michael Arauza, Manuel Aguilar contributed with a goal of his own and added a pair of assists to the cause. Sophomore Wesley Allen added a goal while fellow sophomore Oscar Padilla also chipped in with an assist. Goalkeeper Derrick Pennington made four saves in the win.

Coming off the season high eight-goal performance, the ball club hosted former Valley Oak League rival, the Sonora Wildcats on Thursday, Sept. 11. Although the Wildcats are no longer in the VOL, Oakdale was motivated and ready to take the field.

“It still feels like a rivalry. Sonora and Oakdale have been a big part of our sports history and that doesn’t go away overnight,” said Coach Alfredo Quiroga.

Much like the previous day, Oakdale came out firing and scored four first half goals and didn’t let up as they added another five in the second half to blow out Sonora 9-0. The Mustangs’ electric offense was led by junior Zac Barnum’s two goals and an assist, and senior Gabriel Ramirez who also added two goals. Goalkeeper Derek Martinez made three stops on the night in the Mustangs win.

Oakdale looks to continue their winning ways when they travel to Lathrop on Wednesday, Sept. 17 and return home to host Sierra on Monday, Sept. 22. The match is expected to start at 6:30 p.m.

“We played very well in the preseason, we had a winning record, but now we need to turn our focus on league play. We still need to work on some things but I’m pleased with the way we played,” expressed Quiroga on the team’s preseason success.