Marshall leads the way for first-place Patriots

Jennie Marshall continued her torrid run through the Modesto Metro Conference on Tuesday. Marshall scored twice and set up teammates for two goals as Beyer High beat Enochs 5-0 at Downey to strengthen its hold on first place.

Marshall had both her assists in the first half, helping the top-ranked large-school Patriots to a 2-0 halftime lead.

She scored twice in the second half and now leads all Sac-Joaquin Section scorers with 31 goals. She also has 11 assists and a section-high 73 points.

Ebie Harris also scored twice as Beyer extended its unbeaten streak to 10. Goalie Hannah Hyden had a light day in the goal, posting three saves.

MODESTO 5, DAVIS 0, at Downey -- Erika McCutcheon and Ellen Lee scored two goals apiece, but it was the defense of stopper Apryl Whitney that set the tone as the Panthers (5-3 MMC) dominated the Spartans (4-3-1) to move into second place behind Beyer.

Lee's second goal was from 19 yards, a line-drive that slipped just inside the upper right corner.

"Our regular stopper was hurt, so Apryl moved from midfield," said Modesto coach Josh Fritz, noting that goalie Kara Bowers didn't have to make any saves. "Every time the ball came toward our zone, Apryl would send it right back out to start a counterattack."

SIERRA 6, WESTON RANCH 0, at Stockton -- Mikayla Scott celebrated a hat trick and the Timberwolves (14-4-1, 6-1 Valley Oak League) pulled away from a 2-0 halftime lead to beat the Cougars (0-7) and keep the pressure on first-place Sonora (7-0).

CERES 2, CENTRAL VALLEY 0, at Ceres -- Caitlin Cerny provided the offense, scoring both goals, and goalie Nicole Fitch handled the defense as the Bulldogs (8-9, 2-5 VOL) beat the crosstown rival Hawks (2-5 VOL). Ceres could have added plenty more goals, but the Bulldogs hit six shots off the post.

HILMAR 4, GUSTINE 0, at Gustine -- Blake Lopes scored twice and the top-ranked small-school Yellowjackets (16-3, 6-1 Western Athletic Conference) allowed just one shot on goal to beat the Redskins (0-8). The victory not only keeps the Yellowjackets in contention for the WAC crown -- they are being challenged by Central Catholic -- it strengthens their grip on one of the conference's two playoff berths.

Hilmar is the defending Sac-Joaquin Section Division V champion and it has won five of its last six matches -- the lone defeat was 3-0 to Central Catholic.

RIPON 10, RIVERBANK 1, at Ripon -- Kallie Jacobs and Renae McFadden each posted a hat trick as the No. 3 small-school Indians (11-4-1, 6-1 Trans-Valley League) rolled past the Bruins (0-6 TVL).

Meredith Perkins had a goal and three assists for the Indians, who limited Riverbank to one shot on goal. The Indians are part of a three-way tussle for the TVL crown, along with Hughson (5-0-1) and Modesto Christian (4-1-1).

The TVL sends three teams to the section playoffs. The runner-up visits the WAC winner, while the TVL champion hosts the third-place team from the Mother Lode League -- and has a much easier path to the section title match.

MODESTO CHR. 1, HUGHSON 1, at Hughson -- Arielle Licata's goal late in the first half gave the visiting Crusaders (9-3-1, 4-1-1 TVL) an early lead, but the Huskies (8-3-1, 5-0-1) answered on Emily Doyle's shot from in front of the goal midway through the second half.

DENAIR 4, WATERFORD 0, at Waterford -- Jessi Cole scored two goals as the Coyotes blanked the Wildcats in Southern League action to stay in contention for a playoff berth.


JOHANSEN 206, BEYER 225, at Dryden -- Evan Gray, typically the No. 2 player, was 2-under through six holes and settled for a 1-over 37 to lead the first-place Vikings (10-0 MMC) over the Patriots (6-4). Daniel Covrig shot a 38 for Johansen, which holds a two-match lead over Modesto.

MODESTO 216, DAVIS 237, at Muni -- Reigning MVP Fredrick Palmer fired a 1-under 34, posting two birdies, as the Panthers (8-2) rolled past the Spartans to remain in second place. The 34 is reportedly the lowest score shot by an MMC golfer at Muni this season.

TURLOCK 204, LOS BANOS 227, at Pheasant Run (Chowchilla) -- The Smith brothers led the way, with junior Sam Smith shooting a 1-over 37 and freshman Paul firing a 38, as the Bulldogs (11-0, 8-0 CCC) stayed in first place.

GOLDEN VALLEY 220, ATWATER 227, at Rancho Del Rey -- Mike Dwyer (40) and Andrew Curiel (43) led the way as the Cougars (8-3, 6-1 CCC) topped the Falcons (2-7, 1-7).

SONORA 219, OAKDALE 240, at Oakdale -- Kevin Rei shot a 3-over 39 as the Wildcats (8-2 VOL) remained in second place by beating the Mustangs (5-4), despite a 1-over 37 from Austin Whitworth.

ESCALON 216, MODESTO CHR. 227, at Muni -- Austin Jackson shot a 4-over 39 to keep the Cougars (12-1, 9-1 TVL) alone in first place with a victory over the Crusaders (4-9, 3-9).

RIPON CHR. 225, HUGHSON 254, at Spring Creek -- Tim Hoekstra shot a 43 as the Knights (8-2 TVL) topped the Huskies (6-4) to remain in second place behind Escalon (9-1). RC, which handed Escalon its lone league loss, hosts the Cougars on Tuesday at Spring Creek.

CENTRAL CATHOLIC 221, ORESTIMBA 262, at Diablo Grande Legends Course -- Victtor Lopez shot a 3-over 39, posting an eagle on the par-5, 487-yard second hole, and the Raiders (12-0, 10-0 WAC) stayed in first place by beating the Warriors. Lopez overshot the green on his approach shot at No. 2, but chipped in for his eagle.

TURLOCK CHR. 213, WATERFORD 294, at Stevinson Ranch -- Andre Navarro, battling the wind much of the day, had two birdies on the way to a par-36 as the Eagles (6-1, 4-0 SL) topped the Wildcats (1-3).

HCL TOURNAMENT, at Creekside -- Joe Green and Jared Lunsford shot matching 41s, finishing as co-medalists as the Lions (7-1) shot a 218 to win the Harvest Christian League tournament.