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United Squads Face Tough Test At Turlock Tournament
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Under 11 player Jonathan Hernandez, center, slices through the Pacific Panthers as he looks to work the ball down the field in Saturday afternoon action in Ripon. - photo by Marg Jackson/The Leader

In the Turlock Octoberfest Tournament over the weekend – all games were played at Mistlin Sports Complex in Ripon – a trio of Oakdale United competitive travel soccer teams battled hard, coming way with different results.

The U11 boys claimed second place honors in their division, the U13 boys had a tough go and didn’t get a win in three tries, and the U19 girls topped both teams in their bracket but by virtue of the points system and losing a crossover game, did not advance to the medal round.

For the U11 boys, they rattled off two Saturday victories with a 7-6 win over Ajax United in the morning, then came from behind for a thrilling 3-2 win against the Pacific Panthers on Saturday afternoon. They ended in a 2-2 tie against Ajax East Bay in Sunday morning play and then had to face off against the same Ajax squad in the championship contest on Sunday afternoon. There, it was a tough 4-3 loss for the U11 boys, though they earned second place medals in a successful weekend showing.

It was a hard-hitting weekend for the U13 boys as they fell in a 5-0 morning game on Saturday to the Manteca Red Bulls, a team that ended up finishing third. Livingston Fuego handed the boys a 4-0 shutout loss on Saturday afternoon and the boys finally found the net on Sunday morning, putting in two goals in a 5-2 loss to Cen Cal, the eventual runner up in the tournament.

For Oakdale’s Under 19 Insanity girls, they got past a determined Porterville squad on Saturday morning with a 3-2 win, then had to play outside their bracket in a crossover game on Saturday afternoon. There, they lost a 2-1 decision to a physical Solano Extreme team, the winning goal coming on a penalty kick. Oakdale had chances late to tie the game up but just missed on two late shots, one skidding just left of the goal post and one glancing off the crossbar. They rebounded with a Sunday morning win against Central Valley United Barcelona, 3-2, to win two games and lose one in the tournament. In the final, Solano bested Porterville, 3-2.