A loss in their season finale wasn’t the way the Oakdale High School varsity soccer boys wanted to end Valley Oak League play but the squad nonetheless clinched a playoff berth.
On Tuesday night, Feb. 18 the boys were scheduled to travel for a road playoff game against Valley. Oakdale entered the Sac-Joaquin Section Division III tournament as the number 10 seed while Valley was the seventh seed; the opening round playoff game was played following The Leader’s press time. The Vikings were runner-ups in the Greater Sacramento League. Valley finished with a 17-4-4 overall record and won eight consecutive contests. The winner of the Oakdale-Valley match goes on to face the winner of the Patterson (two seed) and Ceres (fifteen seed) first round game. The second round is set for Thursday, Feb. 20. Division III features a 16-team tournament that includes Valley Oak League champions Weston Ranch (four seed) and East Union (six seed). Galt is the top seed.
To wrap up their regular season Oakdale lost 2-1 on the road against Central Catholic. The Mustangs took a 1-0 lead in the first half on a goal by Kaleb McDonald off an assist from Caden Frazee. McDonald finished the regular season with a dozen goals and had 31 points.
In the net, goalkeeper Riley Blount had four saves. Overall Blount had 63 saves on the season.
The Mustangs finished the regular season with an 11-5-4 overall record and went 7-3-2 in Valley Oak League play for third place.
Oakdale’s junior varsity defeated Central Catholic 9-1 in their season finale. The Mustangs finished the season with a 6-4-1 record and placed third in the VOL, just like their varsity counterparts. Alfredo Fernandez had three goals in the season-ending victory. Junior Blanco had two goals. Christian Escalante, Carter Sturtevant, Ramon Garcia and Edgar Gonzalez each had one goal.
“Although we fell short of our goal of winning VOL, I am really proud of the team for staying focused throughout the adversity they faced this season,” said head coach Jaime Martinez. “They learned valuable life lessons that will help them learn and grow on and off the pitch. I look forward to the freshman class returning next season to finish what we started and for them to win a VOL championship they deserve.”