Modesto High soccer coach Matt Mendes knows the Modesto Metro Conference is highly competitive.
"There's a lot of parity," Mendes said. "Every game is going to be a battle," he said.
It was a battle Friday, as Thomas Vanderveen scored midway through the first half to give the Panthers a 1-0 victory at Downey.
The win keeps the Panthers (5-0 MMC) in first place after the first of three rounds of conference play, with Downey (5-3-1, 3-1-1) in second.
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Modesto capitalized on its best chance of the day when Joseph Camarda dribbled down the left side and passed to Vanderveen, sprinting up the middle. Vanderveen took a dribble and fired a left-footed shot into the lower-right corner of the goal from about 20 yards out. The ball skidded past the outstretched arms of diving Diego Vera (seven saves).
The Knights were the aggressors in the second half, and had several chances. Vanderveen made a nice clear of a shot, then with 15 minutes left, Panther goalkeeper Rene Mejia made a diving save.
"We had tons of chances, just couldn't put any of them away," Downey coach Adrian Romero said. "That hurt us in our tie with Johansen, too."
BEYER 3, DAVIS 3, at Davis -- Arnaldo Gutierrez of the host Spartans (1-3-1 MMC) scored from 27 yards for the tie with the Patriots (0-3-2). The goalie got a hand on the dipping shot through traffic, but it found the right corner of the net.
CSU STANISLAUS 1, CAL POLY POMONA 0 (2OT), at Pomona -- Kasie Rosario scored on a feed from Cherie Early at the 107:15 mark to push the Warriors (6-3-1, 4-0-1 CCAA) past Pomona (6-2, 3-2).
MODESTO JC 3, CONTRA COSTA 1, at San Pablo -- Josh Handly scored two first-half goals in a 10-minute span, the second a diving header, to lead the Pirates (5-2-2) past the Comets (1-5-1).
CAL POLY POMONA 3, CSU STANISLAUS 2 (2OT), at Pomona -- After Artemio Arteaga of Stanislaus (2-5-2, 1-3-1 CCAA) scored with two minutes left, the Broncos (2-4-1, 2-2-1) sent the match into OT with a goal with 27 seconds left. Tyler Reinhart scored with 28 ticks left in the second overtime.
JOHANSEN WINS TWO, at Newburg, Ore. -- Jodi Hanson scored six goals and Andi Plunkett four to lead the Vikings (10-0) over Tualatin Hills 9-3 and Beaverton 8-4 at the Pacific Northwest tourney.
MJC MEN, at Ohlone Tournament (Fremont) -- Modesto defeated De Anza 17-11 as Derek Bolton and Eric Schudder scored three goals, and topped Chabot 14-7 as Max Ottersbach scored four goals.
MERCED COLLEGE WOMEN, at Laney Mini-Tournament (Oakland) -- The Blue Devils (12-4) won by forfeit over Chabot, drubbed Sac City 13-4 (Kara Andrews four goals) and clobbered Laney 18-2 (Trish O'Neill and Stefanie Ingram four goals).
CS DOMINGUEZ HILLS 3, CSU STANISLAUS 2, at Carson -- The Toros won 30-26, 30-26, 22-30, 30-32, 15-13. The Warriors survived four match points before a double-block on a Karly Van Foeken attack ended it. Van Foeken had 18 kills, Colleen Sullivan 48 assists.
MJC, at Solano Classic -- MJC has won five straight after stopping Solano 15-30, 31-29, 31-29, 30-17 and Lassen 30-32, 27-30, 30-19, 30-21, 15-9. Stephanie Doerksen had 18 kills against Solano and Allison Mikkelson 18 kills against Lassen.
BIG VALLEY CHR. 3, BROOKSIDE CHR. 0, at Modesto -- BVC (8-4, 3-0 HCL) won 25-20, 25-6, 25-18. Coach Larry Hagstrom said Jennifer Masui (10 kills, 7 aces) had her best night of the season.