STOCKTON — Delta sophomore Daesha Brown doesn’t look for the spotlight as one of the experienced members of the Mustangs soccer team.
Brown, however, was center stage Tuesday evening as she assisted on three early goals and headed in a score in Delta's 5-0 trouncing of visiting Yuba College in a nonconference game at Pacific’s Gardemeyer Field.
Delta (7-0) forward Leah Manuleleua scored the first of her two goals after Brown centered a pass from the right corner that Manuleleua flicked past 49ers goalie Diana Balderas for a 1-0 lead just 2 minutes into the contest. But Brown was just warming up as she fired a laser barely 10 minutes later right to the foot of Kiki Muniz, who redirected the pass above Balderas for a 2-0 advantage.
“I’ve been playing with Kiki for a while and we just always know where each other is,” said Brown, who leads the team with six assists. “Leah just fits right in with us. That’s a good thing.”
Manuleleua’s most impressive goal came when freshman Devan Burnam slipped a pass to her and the forward beat three defenders to face Balderas one-on-one. Manuleleua then faked the goalie to the right and she softly put the ball into the back of the net for a 3-0 lead. Three minutes later, freshman Olivia Ritter scored off combination passes from Brown and Erica Dias for a 4-0 advantage. Ritter assisted on the final goal early in the second half when her fourth corner kick of the game found both Manuleleua and Brown waiting at the back post. Brown headed it below Yuba goalie Truth Snow for the final margin.
“That was very exciting for me because I was trying to score the whole game,” Brown said. “It was just a perfect ball with perfect positioning. Olivia’s services are always on-point.”
Delta relentlessly took aim at Yuba’s goal and outshot the 49ers (1-6) 35-4 to coast into the half up 4-0.
Mustangs coach Adrienne Sorenson believed her squad could have been even better considering the competition, as they get ready for a key Big 8 Conference match at rival Santa Rosa on Friday.
“I thought we started slow and I was frustrated with our sharpness all around,” said Sorenson, whose club has five shut outs and has outscored its opponents 33-4. “It was just an overall focus level, energy level thing. I really felt like the team performed much better in the second half after we talked (at the break).”
— By Scott Niendorf, Record Correspondent
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Tracy 3, Bear Creek 0
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Stockton Christian 3, Delta Charter 0
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