Two long kicks led to the only goal Modesto High needed Tuesday for a 1-0 Modesto Metro Conference soccer win over Johansen.
Goalkeeper Kara Bowers started the play, booming a kick that Samantha Sanches was able to trap at midfield. Sanches turned and fired away, and the high-bouncing ball went over the goalkeeper's head and into the net. It was the first assist and goal of the season for each player.
"Bowers has a decent foot, but she was really impressive today between the pipes," said coach Josh Fritz, whose club (6-3-1, 3-1) is a game behind first-place Beyer.
DAVIS 1, ENOCHS 0, at Davis — Jannel Ram scored off Nicole Flamian's corner kick into the box with 7 minutes left to snap the tie and lead the Spartans (3-1) past the Eagles (0-3-1).
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PITMAN 4, MERCED 1, at Pitman — Tied 1-1 at halftime, the Pride (7-8, 2-1 Central California Conference) pulled away from the Bears (6-3-1, 1-1) in the second half, when Donya Olivera scored twice.
HILMAR 3, ORESTIMBA 0, at Newman — Haylee Bettencourt opened the scoring off a penalty kick with 20 minutes remaining, launching it into the left side of the net, then added a second goal to lead the Yellowjackets (13-2, 3-0 Western Athletic Conference) past the Warriors.
ESCALON 8, RIVERBANK 0, at Escalon — Amanda Franklin scored a season-high four goals, raising her total to 11, as the Cougars (3-4-1, 2-1 Trans-Valley League) raced past the Bruins (0-3).
RIPON 2, MODESTO CHR. 0, at Ripon — Kallie Jacobs scored her 12th goal of the season and the Indians (8-3-1, 3-0 TVL) posted their third shutout while beating the Crusaders (6-2, 1-1).
MARIPOSA 3, WATERFORD 1, at Waterford — Denise Buskeness scored twice to help the Grizzlies (7-0 Southern League) to a 3-0 halftime lead on their way past the Wildcats (3-2-2).
DENAIR 2, TURLOCK CHR. 1, at Turlock — Freshman Annissa Turpin saved 20 of the 21 shots directed at her, as Denair (1-0 SL) beat the Eagles (0-1-1). "She was on fire," TC coach Shirley Brand said.
BEYER 3, JOHANSEN 2, at Johansen — Melaina Saalfeld scattered five hits and struck out nine — and lined a two-run single in the third — but it was Julie Aiello who singled in the game-winning run in the sixth to lead the Patriots (2-0 Modesto Metro Conference) over the Vikings (6-3, 1-1).
DAVIS 7, DOWNEY 0, at Downey — Desiree Maldonado pitched a two-hitter, walked none and struck out 11 as the Spartans (1-5, 0-2 MMC) blanked the Knights (3-3, 1-1).
MODESTO 1, ENOCHS 0, at Enochs — Rebecca Grimmett and Kaitlyn Yerbi combined on a no-hitter, but their Eagles (4-6, 0-2) went down in defeat.
HILMAR 3, GUSTINE 2, at Gustine — Courtney Ramos fired a four-hitter with 14 strikeouts and the Yellowjackets (8-2, 2-0 WAC) scored all their runs in the fifth to hold off the Redskins (6-3, 1-1).
SIERRA 3, SONORA 0, at Sonora — Breann McGraw fired the three-hit shutout and the Timberwolves capitalized on errors for the VOL win.
PATTERSON 6, CENTRAL CATHOLIC 0, at Patterson — Mandy Sifuentes was untouchable in her four innings, striking out 10 and not allowing a hit, and combined with Jessyca Rico and Kayla Souza on a two-hitter as the Tigers (5-5, 1-1 WAC) rolled.
BRET HARTE 10, ARGONAUT 5, at Angels Camp — Katie Kelling was 3 for 3 with three RBIs and the Bullfrogs (6-8, 1-1 MLL) used a 13-hit attack to pound the Mustangs (0-2).
TURLOCK 198, BUHACH COLONY 228, at Rancho del Rey — Sam Smith eagled the par-5, 480-yard third hole on his way to a 1-under 35 to lead the Bulldogs (5-0 CCC) past the Thunder.
BC's Teddy Schrier shot a 37 and birdied No. 3 in his duel with Smith. Schrier led Smith by a stroke after five holes, after both players had birdied No. 5, but Schrier hit it out of bounds on No. 6 and was saddled with a double-bogey. Smith made par to go up by a stroke.
JOHANSEN 196, DAVIS 245, at Creekside — Daniel Covrig birdied four holes and shot a 3-under 33 as the Vikings (6-0 MMC) rolled.
CENTRAL CATHOLIC 218, GUSTINE 286, at Dryden Park — Victtor Lopez birdied the first two holes on the way to a 2-over 38 for the Raiders (8-0, 6-0 WAC)topped the Redskins (0-6).
HILMAR 267, LIVINGSTON 268, at Stevinson Ranch — Travis Little eagled the 486-yard, par-5 sixth hole as his Yellowjackets (4-2 WAC) edged the Wolves (4-2). Little, 5 over at the time, made a 15-foot putt for eagle and wound up with a 39.
GUSTINE 4, PATTERSON 3, at Gustine — The mixed doubles team of Zack Griset and Carolyn Gomes bounced back from a second-set defeat for a 6-4, 5-7, 7-5 victory that secured the Redskins (1-0 WAC) a win over the Tigers in new Gustine coach Kim Kimbler's first match.
"They struggled in the second set, they got a little frustrated with each other, but they went back to placing the ball instead of trying to pound it in the third set," Kimbler said.
MODESTO 4, BEYER 3, at Modesto — With two starters touring Italy with the school's orchestra, the Panthers (9-3, 6-0 MMC) relied on their depth to top the Patriots (4-2). Atul Bali, normally part of the No. 1 doubles team, moved into the No. 4 singles and posted a 6-2, 7-5 victory.
"He played very well, considering he's used to playing doubles," coach Denise Solomon said. "It's an adjustment going from doubles to singles, because there is a lot more court to cover."