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Jags top Sierra in critical match

T’Wolves squander 2-0 lead; need help in VOL playoff race

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Jags top Sierra in critical match

Sierra’s Sydnee Canales puts on the brakes and goes to the right against Kimball’s Mireya Magana during a 4-2 VOL loss Tuesday against the visiting Jaguars.

JOHN-JOEL GRIFFITHS/The Bulletin/


POSTED April 23, 2014 12:05 a.m.

Sierra came out the gates amped for senior night Tuesday and scored the game’s first two goals in just 13 minutes against the defending Valley Oak League champion Kimball.

Sophomore Samantha Tran of the visiting Jaguars (9-2 VOL, 10-3 overall) tied the game with a pair of scores in just  a 15-minute span and Kimball pulled away in the final 40 minutes at Daniel Teicheira Memorial Stadium, 4-2.

“The (2-0 lead) felt good, but I knew it was pretty early,” Sierra head coach Manuel Pires said. “(Kimball) is a difficult team to shut out. We had our chances in the second half, but they broke us down.”

Despite Sierra (6-5-1, 11-7-2) going into the half knotted at two, a costly mistake provided the Jaguars with the go-ahead goal in the 59th minute.

The Timberwolves had a chance on the offensive possession right before when seniors Naomi Nunes and Sydnee Canales had a scoring opportunity denied. Sierra’s Marissa LaQuaglia was given a yellow card for a penalty inside the box on the next trip down the field and Kimball’s Abby Dyer put away the free opportunity that made it 3-2.

Sierra played down a goal for the next 16 minutes.

Canales had a free kick opportunity in the 66th and Jessica Cueca had two chances at an equalizer in the 67th and 68th minute.

In the 75th minute, Kimball put away the dagger.

Dyer got loose on a fast break and beat Sierra’s goalie Emma Broderick on a 1-on-1 drive. Dyer made a move to the right and put away the wide open goal to make up the final.

“It was critical,” Kimball head coach Ron Hattley said. “Sierra is always tough and it’s not a given. I didn’t like (trailing 2-0), but I warned our team their (eight) seniors were going to come out for their last home game. They were going to want it and they were going to get after it.”

Sierra got after it with two shots on goal in the first two minutes from Kaleigh Doyle and Alexis Young. Kimball scored a would-be goal in the fourth minute, but it was erased by an offsides.

In the 8th minute, Sierra senior Daisy Rivera crossed the ball to Cueca, who put it away for the 1-0 lead. Doyle made it a 2-0 ball game in the 13th minute after burying a shot in the top-right corner from 25 yards away.

Kimball’s Tran made it 2-0 in the 23rd minute and then tied it in the 28th minute after breaking loose up the left wing. Tran used her superb ball-handling skill to drive and put the equalizer past Broderick, who finished with six saves.

Sierra sat in fourth place behind Manteca, Kimball and first-place East Union heading into Tuesday. The Timberwolves finish the season against Lathrop and Weston Ranch, while Manteca still has games with Oakdale, East Union and Kimball – three of the league’s top five teams.

The Buffaloes have to win one more game to clinch a playoff spot – or tie two of their last three, according to Manteca head coach Justin Coenenberg.

“We don’t have control to get into the playoffs,” Pires concluded. “We just have to finish. The other games we have no control over, but right now we’d love to see Manteca lose some games.”

Sierra will be at Lathrop on Friday at 5 p.m., and the Buffaloes will host Oakdale Thursday.

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