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Manteca, Sierra dissatisfied after battling to draw

Acosta scores equalizer for Sierra with 7 minutes left

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Manteca, Sierra dissatisfied after battling to draw

Manteca High's Robbie Geerlof gets his head on it in front of Sierra defenders Ruben Lopez (8) and Trevor Nunes Monday.


POSTED September 21, 2010 2:31 a.m.
It was a good-news, bad-news scenario for both sides.

Good news first: Neither Manteca High nor visiting Sierra walked away from Guss Schmiedt Field Monday evening with a loss following a 3-3 stalemate in which offenses took turns shining.

The bad news? It was a 3-3 stalemate in which neither squad played particularly well on the defensive end.

“It’s a tough one to swallow,” said Manteca head coach Justin Coenenberg. “We were coming off two straight shutouts and we played pretty good defense for half today. In the second half we fell apart.”

Sierra’s Jose Montes had a similar take.

“We have to play better than this,” he said. “We outplayed them, but that doesn’t matter when we give up the goals that we gave up tonight.”

It was a bitter one for the host Buffaloes (2-0-1 Valley Oak League, 5-5-2 overall) after blowing three one-goal leads. Sierra (1-1-1, 8-6-2) forced the tie with 7 minutes to go.

Amir Guedoir challenged Manteca goalkeeper Phillip Herrera (six saves) for a 50-50 ball near the top of the penalty box. Herrera slapped it away, but Guedoir was able to control possession anyway.

Guedoir then worked a nice 1-2 combination with Jose Acosta, who finished off the sequence with an open-net goal from the left side.

It was a productive season debut for Guedoir, who missed all of Sierra’s previous games while observing the Islamic month of Ramadan. He was in on all of Sierra’s goals, scoring the first two himself with feeds from Manteca transfer Nichols Gonzalez (30th minute) and Dylan DeBrouwer (56th minute).

Guedor’s second goal was a rocket from about 35 yards out and knotted the score.

“Amir made a huge impact in his first game,” Montes said. “When he gets a few more games in we’ll be that much better.”

Manteca’s Giovanni Marin also had two goals and an assist.

His first goal came in the 7th minute when Cesar Reyes set up his breakaway opportunity with a well-played through ball, and in the 32nd minute Marin again pushed Manteca ahead, 2-1, with a volleyed deflection off Jose Ramirez’s cross from the right side.

The goal of the match was Manteca’s go-ahead score in the 60th minute. Herrera punted the ball into Sierra’s half of the field, where Marin directed it to his left with a perfectly-timed header to Alex Barragan.

Barragan took it up the left touchline, eluded one slide-tackling defender and blew it past keeper Armando Gonzalez (four saves).

That was one of few chances Manteca had in the second half after fully controlling the first 25 minutes of the game when it held an 8-0 shot advantage. Sierra outshot Manteca 17-5 over the final 40 minutes, and 23-16 overall.

“We had opportunities, especially in the first half, to put a couple more away,” Coenenberg said. “But for a good part of the game I thought we were outplayed — in the second half, for sure. Maybe we’re a little lucky to come away with the tie.”

Sierra 2, Manteca 0
It didn’t take long for the Timberwolves to capture the lead for good. A minute into the contest, Jesus Cornado was taken down in the Manteca box, leading to Jorge Barron’s penalty kick.

Manteca threatened to tie it on several occasions throughout, but Bryan Ramos put the Buffaloes away in the 66th minute touched in the insurance score off a goal kick from Alex Garcia from the other end of the pitch.
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