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Vanni strikes for four more goals to lead T’Wolves

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POSTED March 20, 2009 4:58 a.m.

CERES — So how does San Francisco State-bound Nicole Vanni follow up Tuesday’s four-goal performance against Manteca?

How about four more?

Vanni scored all of her goals within a 16-minute span in the second half of Sierra’s 9-0 blowout of Ceres Thursday. Vanni now has 29 goals on the season, surpassing her previous best of 27.

The Timberwolves (2-0 Valley Oak League, 13-0-1 overall) struck just six minutes into match with a goal from Brooke Grant. Stephanie Vanni was credited with one on an own goal with nine minutes left in the first half.

Sierra dominated the entire opening half but couldn’t convert on its other 23 shots. But it made up for it in the second, hitting seven of 11.

Sydnee Koscielcki (45th minute), Delaine Quaresma (67th) and Kayla Cody (75th) contributed to the second-half flurry.

Moriah Fallon racked up eight saves for her 10th straight shutout of the season.

Sierra will gear up for a big crosstown match against visiting East Union Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. The Timberwolves claimed their own 4th Annual Vern Gebhardt Champions Cup title with a 6-0 victory over EU last Saturday.

Oakdale 2, East Union 1

In Oakdale, EU’s Rachel Bonds finished off a long pass from Jesika Villegas in the 22nd minute, but the Lancers (1-1, 5-6-3) couldn’t hold onto the lead.

Oakdale (2-0, 7-6-2) struck in the 37th and 57th minutes to win despite being outshot, 13-7.

“They are a very competitive team,” East Union coach Jim Todd said. “When we are fully staffed and healthy, we will compete any team in the league.”

Sonora 3, Manteca 1

In Sonora, the injury-plagued Buffaloes (0-2, 6-4) couldn’t hold off the relentless attack of defending VOL champion Sonora (2-0, 8-0-1).

Freshman goalkeeper Jimi Guibor had a busy night in front of the cage, as she recorded 17 saves. Sonora outshot the Buffaloes, 21-6.

Rileigh Mankin delivered a cross for Brianna Flynn to score in the third minute of the second half to cut Sonora’s lead in half. Sonora’s Bekah Garvin later dropped in a penalty kick to put the Buffaloes away for good.

Forward Breanne Hatfield and defender Abigail Rojas both left the game with knee injuries, and Manteca was already without forward Brittany Costa (ankle). Leading scorer Airenne Curry left Tuesday’s league opener against Sierra early with a hand injury but twisted an ankle on Thursday.

Manteca will look to rebound against Central Valley.

Central Valley 3, Weston Ranch 0

In Weston Ranch, Cougars head coach Carlos Gaspar missed the contest to attend a funeral, but the Cougars played well in his absence, despite the loss.

“They did a good job,” Gaspar said. “The defense was strong and we had a number of shots on goal. I was sorry I couldn’t be there, but I was happy they performed well.”

Weston Ranch (0-2, 4-7-1) travels to Oakdale Tuesday.

— Jonamar Jacinto

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