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Shinn nets 3 goals in season debut for Sierra

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POSTED December 14, 2017 1:05 a.m.

MERCED — Jadyn Shinn is back, and the Sierra girls soccer team just got that much better.

The reigning All-Area MVP scored all three of the Timberwolves’ goals in their 3-0 shutout of Golden Valley on Wednesday. It was the season debut for the Notre Dame commit after completing a stint with the San Jose Earthquakes Girls Academy.

“It’s nice to see Jadyn get back in the groove with these girls,” Sierra coach Manuel Pires said. “We started slow in the first half but we stepped up as we went on. We’re proud of the way the girls played in this game.”

Sierra (7-0-1) put together a strong second half behind two goals from Shinn. Goalie Micheala Bitle and defenders Callie Crain, Julissa Pimentel, Yolanda Tavares and Emily Cunial allowed the Cougars (4-2-1) to take just one shot in the final 40-minute session to keep the sheet clean.

Jasmine Loaiza helped the Timberwolves double the lead in the 47th minute with an assist. She warded off a defender from the corner and beat her off the dribble before laying a negative pass to Shinn, who put it away with a one-touch drive to the net.

Sierra hosts Amador today before wrapping up its pre-league schedule next Tuesday at Lincoln of Stockton.

Franklin 7,

Weston Ranch 0

STOCKTON — The Cougars (3-5-1) were already behind the 8-ball with three players (two of them starters) out with injuries. By halftime Wednesday they were down to 11.

“We’re walking wounded right now, just trying to go with the next-man-up mentality and keep working,” Weston Ranch coach Gabe Padilla said.

Aliyah Guerrero finished with five saves while the Weston Ranch attack was limited to five shots. Franklin (4-1) led 4-0 at halftime.

Boys varsity

Sierra 4, Franklin 2

STOCKTON — Kevin Mendiola delivered a hat trick and an assist for the Timberwolves (4-3-1), who scored four unanswered goals to come away with the nonleague victory.

Franklin (5-2) opened scoring in the third minute and didn’t find the net again until the 67th. Mendiola struck in the sixth, 60th and 65th minutes. Sierra seized the lead for good in the 55th minute on Chris Cortez’s goal set up by Mendiola. Miguel Villasenor assisted Mendiola’s final two goals.

“Good game overall,” Sierra coach Joe Pires said. “The team is coming together with a new coaching staff and new positions for some players.”

East Union 2, West 1

Jesus Hurtado assisted two second-half goals to help push the Lancers (7-3) past visiting West (4-4) of Tracy.

With East Union trailing at halftime, Hurtado found Christian Tapia for the equalizer in the 45th minute. Jacob Garcia scored the go-ahead 10 minutes later. Trent Rivera came up with three big saves to keep the Lancers in contention for the win.

Delhi 9, Ripon Christian 0

RIPON — Kalvin Gerdes, filling in for injured goalie Josh Tatton, had a busy night guarding the Ripon Christian net in the Southern Athletic League contest Wednesday. Delhi (2-0, 2-2-1 overall) built a 4-0 lead by halftime, while Gerdes amassed 21 of his 26 saves.

“He’s doing a good job for us,” RC coach Christian Manes said. “He was getting pelted by shots in the first half.”

Ripon Christian (0-2, 2-4-1) had chances to get on the scoreboard. Kyle Rivera had the best look off a corner kick, but his head shot was stuffed by the Delhi keeper.

Frosh-soph boys

East Union 4, West 2

Alberto Gomez fired two goals as East Union improved to 9-0-1. Noe Martinez contributed a goal, and Gabe Gutierrez had an assist.

Franklin 2, Sierra 1

STOCKTON — Francisco Becerra scored the lone goal for the Timberwolves.

Frosh-soph girls

Franklin 10,

Weston Ranch 0

STOCKTON — Cougars keeper Lizbeth Perez racked up 14 saves in the loss.

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