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T’wolves dominate all-VOL selections

San Francisco State bound senior Nicole Vanni scored 53 goals for Sierra in 2009. Vanni was named the Valley Oak League's Most Valuable Player this week.

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POSTED May 20, 2009 1:54 a.m.
There were very few surprises when the Valley Oak League released its 2009 girls soccer all-league selections this week, as 11 Timberwolves were honored after a 14-0 campaign.

Nicole Vanni, who led California in goals scored with 53, was the runaway pick for VOL Most Valuable Player.

Vanni collected 17 assists and took 143 shots total in leading the Timberwolves to a Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV runner-up finish.

“Nicole was definitely the leader of this team,” Sierra head coach Manuel Pires said. “She led by example in the way she prepared herself for the game. She worked hard all of the time, and she brought the best out of her teammates.

“She was always willing to go the extra mile, and she did all of the extra things needed to have herself and her teammates prepared.”

Pires was named the league’s Coach of the Year after collecting his 300th career win in a first-round postseason tilt with El Dorado. Pires has been Sierra’s only head coach in 14 years of existence.

T’Wolves keeper Moriah Fallon allowed just 10 goals in 1,989 minutes in the box, racking up 21 shutouts.

Fallon was named to the all-VOL first team, as were teammates Jamie Huffman, Delaine Quaresma (8 goals, 10 assists), Lacy Vaughan (17 assists) and Michaela Scott (27 goals, 20 assists).

Sierra sweeper Hannah Obanni was named to the second team, while Melissa Bennett, Brooke Grant and Rebecca Scott were all named honorable mentions.

East Union’s Julie Lennert and Rachel Bonds were named to the first team, as was Manteca sweeper Taylor Trout.

Reanna Schmitt and Megan Howley represented East Union on the second team, and striker Airenne Curry and wing Renee Munson did the same for Manteca.

Weston Ranch defender Karla Amaya was named to the second team, while teammates Marisa Bradshaw, Maya Ambriz and Maritza Amaya were awarded honorable mention nods.

Rounding out the honorable mentions were East Union’s Kaci Todd, Jesika Villegas and Selena DaSilva, and Manteca’s Yesenia Rodriguez and Rileigh Mankin.
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