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Varsity, JV Soccer Boys Split Pair Of VOL Matches
Oakdale’s Alfie Harris, right, goes up and over his opponent, battling with East Union’s Noe Martinez for the ball during Valley Oak League play in Manteca. Photo By Sean Kahler

Oakdale High School’s varsity boys soccer team played two matches this past week, capturing one win and suffering one loss.

On Tuesday, Jan. 21 the Mustangs (8-4-4, 5-1-2) defeated Manteca (3-9-0, 2-6-0) by a 5-1 final. It was a home game where Oakdale took control of the evening early. The host Mustangs scored three goals in the first half to cruise in the home victory. Junior Caden Frazee had a hat trick against the Buffaloes and added two assists. Fellow junior Kaleb McDonald scored the other two goals. Fernando Blanco and David Ayala each had an assist.

“It was an impressive outing by our juniors as well as our seniors who provided those assists in the win,” said head coach Alfredo Quiroga.

The goaltending duties were split by Kevin Camelin and Riley Blount.

Two days later the Mustangs traveled to Manteca to face East Union (8-3-6, 5-1-2). The game was tied at 1-1 at the break and the Lancers pulled away in the second half. Oakdale’s lone goal came from Ernesto Gonzalez in the first half on an assist by Frazee.

“That is a difficult loss, especially because of how important it was. There is still lots of play left but this week we need to bounce back,” Quiroga said.

This was Oakdale’s first loss in league play. In their previous meeting against East Union the two teams tied 1-1 on Dec. 17, 2019.

Following the loss Oakdale is now in third place in the Valley Oak League standings. Oakdale trails first place Weston Ranch (7-1-5, 5-1-1) and East Union.

The varsity Mustangs now look to shake off the loss and regain their momentum in the VOL. Oakdale was scheduled to travel to Tracy to face Kimball (3-10-3, 0-6-1) on Tuesday evening following The Leader’s press time. Oakdale will continue to rack up the miles as they travel back to Manteca to face Sierra High School (7-5-1, 4-2-0) on Thursday, Jan. 30. This game is scheduled for 5:45 p.m.



The junior varsity team also split their league contests this past week. The JV boys defeated Manteca 4-1 and lost to East Union 5-1. Against Manteca, Oakdale had goals from Alfredo Fernandez, Khriztian Escalante (two) and Carter Sturtevant. Goalkeeper Vincent Peterson had five saves. Oakdale’s lone goal against East Union was an unassisted first half goal by Sturtevant. Peterson had three saves. The young Mustangs were slated for a pair of road games this week, including a game at Kimball that was slated for Tuesday evening following The Leader’s press time. Thursday night, the boys will play at Sierra High School.

Varsity Mustang goalie Kevin Camelin covers a shot from East Union’s Cristian Perez (6) as Oakdale’s Isaac Valero (19) comes in to assist. Photo By Sean Kahler