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Sierra High fights back, knocks off Tracy for Gebhardt title

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Sierra sophomore keeper Emma Broderick, who won the tournament’s Top Keeper Award, makes a save in the first half of Saturday’s win over Tracy for the Vern Gebhardt Cup championship at Daniel Teich...


POSTED March 16, 2014 8:23 p.m.

Sierra sophomore goalie Emma Broderick didn’t let the pressure of an overtime shootout take over during the championship of the Vern Gebhardt Cup against Tracy at Daniel Teicheira Memorial Stadium Saturday.

Broderick made four saves in the last 30 minutes of regulation and delivered a clutch block with a hard dive left during penalty kicks, lifting Sierra (6-2-1) to a 2-1 victory after outshooting Tracy 4-1 in the extra penalty-kick session.

“I knew they were going to come out fired up,” Tracy head coach Nate Perry said of Sierra, which lost 2-1 at Tracy just seven days ago. “It was a revenge game – some retribution for them. So I knew they were going to come out hard.”

The Timberwolves played aggressive in the second half after going into the break trailing the Division I Bulldogs (5-2) – who’ve won the San Joaquin Athletic Association six years straight – 1-0 after the first of two 30-minute halves.

Sierra senior co-captain Sydnee Canales was relentless in the out of the half, eventually finding the back of the net on Tracy keeper Taylor Bohrn, who was caught still as Canales rocketed a 30-yard shot home for the equalizer 10 minutes into the second half.

“Obviously (Canales) has a very strong shot that she’s getting the confidence to hit from anywhere on the field,” Sierra head coach Manuel Pires said.

Before Canales netted the game-tying goal assisted by freshman Kaleigh Doyle that eventually sent the match to PKs, she was already sniffing out the cage with two shots on goal during the first 10 minutes of the final half.

Broderick made a save in the 43rd minute, just three minutes after the game was knotted at one apiece, and she made her third second-half save in minute No. 50.

Canales attempted another shot in the 53rd minute and senior co-captain Daisy Rivera put up a shot on a free kick in the 58th.

Tracy standout senior Daesha Brown gave her squad the lead 12 minutes into the match with a header, which was Broderick’s only goal given up the entire tournament.

“(Brown) is an awesome player – beautiful header,” Pires said. “Those are the types of players that make the difference in winning games.”

For Broderick’s effort, and making that key block in PKs against Tracy junior Jenna Wesely, she took home the tournament’s Top Keeper Award, respectfully.

“I got to hand it to them, they never gave up,” Pires said of his club. “We didn’t have a very good first half. Tracy put their game together and dominated, but we were able to hang.”

“We created a lot of opportunities in the second half and scored when we needed to.”

Canales not only scored the tying-regulation goal, but she also scored one of the Timberwolves’ four goals during the shootout.

She handed Sierra a 1-0 lead with a left-footed shot before Tracy’s Kelly Brooks tied it with a goal to the left side of the cage on Broderick.

Rivera gave Sierra a 2-1 advantage with her right foot to the right corner, which was followed by a shot from Wesely, who chose left like her teammate Brooks, but Broderick gambled and guessed left as well and got a fantastic jump on the ball.

“It’s all advantage for the kicker,” Broderick said. “It’s basically testing the goalie.”

Test aced.

Sierra junior defender Marissa LaQuaglia put away the T’Wolves’ third shot to make it 3-1 and Tracy’s Cailie Chayrez netted her PK to make It 3-2.

Doyle made it 4-2 and Tracy’s Shayla Simonich missed the entire frame to lift the Timberwolves to the 9th Annual Vern Gebhardt Cup championship.

“In PKs it’s anybody’s game,” Pires concluded. “My keeper made an outstanding save really to win this (Top Keeper) trophy. And now we just have to move on and get ready for league.”

Sierra is scheduled to open up Valley Oak League play Tuesday at East Union at 6:30 p.m. and will be at Sonora on Thursday.

Vyanca Santana of third-place Franklin-Stockton was given the tournament’s Golden Boot Award for scoring six goals in four games. Franklin knocked off Gregori 1-0 for the consolation prize.

Sierra 2, Gregori 0

In the semis, the Timberwolves received goals from Doyle and Canales. Forward Jessica Cueca assisted Doyle and Alexis Young helped on Canales’ as Sierra outshot Gregori 18-1. Broderick finished with one save in the shutout.

Lathrop went 1-1 and ended the tournament in seventh place after defeating fellow VOL rival Weston Ranch, 1-0.  Rosa Becerra of the Spartans scored the eventual game-winning goal against the Cougars, who finished ninth. Lathrop (0-1 VOL, 3-6-1 overall) lost 2-1 against Buhach Colony-Atwater in its first game and received a goal from Yaneli Avila. Lathrop visits Sonora on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m.

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