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Sierra blanks cross-town rival in cup opener

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The Sierra High captain (No. 4) controls the ball in front of East Union's Dante Paquini during Saturday's cross-town game between East Union and Sierra in the Timberwolves Cup.

HIME ROMERO/The Bulletin

POSTED September 5, 2010 2:33 a.m.
The Valley Oak League season is still a ways away, but this weekend’s tournament soccer provided some quality glimpses as to how the 2010 season will shape up. Sierra was dominant in its VOL preview victory over East Union, dropping the Lancers 3-0 in the Timberwolves Cup opener Saturday at Sierra High.

Sierra cruised to an easy 3-0 victory, getting a strong two-goal performance from junior Jose Acosta and another score from Joel Boling.

“Of course we wanted to win our tournament, but I think we played extremely well,” Sierra head coach Jose Montes said. “One of the things that we are doing is we’re making progress with each game. Little by little we are finding a way to gel together.

“The kids are working hard in practice and we want to get ready for our VOL opener with Oakdale.”

Sierra found itself in the consolation championship, falling to eventual tournament champion Chavez of Stockton 3-2 for a berth in the championship. The Timberwolves had to fight for its consolation solace, fighting off a determined Millennium High squad with a 1-0 victory in penalty kicks.

The Lancers rebounded from its disappointing showing against Sierra to tie Chavez 2-2, before closing tournament play with a 1-1 tie against Modesto High.

Eight programs competed in the Timberwolves Cup, and with three VOL schools in the dynamics, and the closeness of the competition, it is safe to assume the league shake-up will be anything except normal.

“I think this tournament turned out good,” Montes said. “Both groups were well balanced, they all provided good matchups for themselves and nobody was able to blow anybody away.

“That’s what you want, to make the competition as even as you can so when you get to a championship game it is interesting until the end.”

Chavez 2, Lathrop 1

The Spartans were a foot away from knotting the Timberwolves Cup championship up in the final minutes, but a great block from the Chavez goalie left Lathrop coping with a 2-1 loss in the tournament championship Saturday.

Lathrop trailed 2-1 at the half, getting on the score board with a Miguel Chavez goal, but defensive intensity would pick up in the second half, with both clubs putting together shutouts, handing Chavez the tournament crown.

“This was a huge, huge performance for us,” Lathrop head coach Ryan Biedermann said. “They played well all day; they were tired, they were sun-burned and they kept playing. We didn’t lose a game in our group and had one tie.

“They were on a mission and it was very impressive.”

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