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Crusader's hat trick keys comeback win

ALTAVILLE -- With his team down 3-1 in the second half on Tuesday, Trevor Grimbleby provided the necessary spark to lift Modesto Christian High to victory.

Grimbleby celebrated a hat trick, scoring the game-winning goal with 20 minutes left, to lead the Crusaders past Bret Harte 4-3.

Grimbleby had two of MC's (3-0-1) second-half goals, including the decisive tally when he took a pass from Jesse Briganti and scored from 10 yards out.

ATWATER 4, TRACY 2, at Tracy -- Forward Jesse Horta, after being tracked by two defenders much of Tuesday afternoon, picked an opportune time to break free. With the score tied at 2, he took a pass from Alex Zdanowski at midfield and dribbled past three defenders to score the go-ahead goal as the Falcons (6-1-1) beat the Bulldogs.

Tracy tied the match at 2 on Matt Garrigan's penalty kick early in the second half. Horta then put Atwater ahead for good with 13 minutes left.

"Jesse was real aggressive, going right toward the goal and splitting the defenders," Atwater coach Jimmy Brewer said.

Edmundo Garcia gave Atwater a two-goal lead by scoring with five minutes left.

"(Tracy) had a couple fast players and we had to make sure not to let balls get over the top of us," Brewer said.

"(Tracy forward Ryan Jakes) was faster than anyone we had, so we gave him some room in the open field and marked him closely near the (penalty) box."

PATTERSON 2, TURLOCK 1, at Patterson -- Sergio Hinojosa scored on a second-half header, taking advantage of an accurate crossing pass from Eduardo Chin, to lift the Tigers (4-2) over the Bulldogs in the first prep athletic event to be played on the artificial turf at Patterson Community Stadium.

PITMAN 2, OAKDALE 0, at Turlock -- Sergio Souza and Vincent Perez converted second-half penalty kicks and Adam Amirfar had nine saves as the Pride (4-1-1) blanked the Mustangs.

RIPON 8, CENTRAL CATHOLIC 0, at Ripon -- The Indians (3-1-1) took advantage of a balanced attack, with seven players scoring, to roll past the Raiders (2-3). Eric Cavanaugh had two goals and Joel Roble was busy with three assists to lead the onslaught.

ESCALON 2, WATERFORD 2, at Eescalon -- Carlos Navarette scored twice for Waterford as the Wolves (6-0-2) and Cougars (4-0-3) played to a draw in a battle of undefeated teams. Navarette put Waterford on the board early in the second half, but Escalon was able to forge a tie with goals from Ramon Valencia and Francisco Martinez.

Both goalies were peppered with shots much of the game, said Escalon coach Chris Olivera, and both held their ground well.

GUSTINE 5, TURLOCK CHR. 0, at Turlock -- The Eagles, a traditional small-school soccer power, were overwhelmed by the Redskins.

BUHACH COLONY 1, MANTECA 1, at Manteca -- Adrian Plascencia's goal was enough to allow Buhach (6-1-2) to post a draw against the Buffaloes (1-1-1).

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