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High-scoring affair ends in draw for Sierra, Franklin

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High-scoring affair ends in draw for Sierra, Franklin

Sierra’s Henry Diaz fights for position during second half action of the Timberwolves’ 5-5 tie with Franklin High.

JAGADA CHAMBERS/The Bulletin


POSTED August 28, 2012 11:52 p.m.

With six goals netted by halftime, second half action between Sierra and Franklin seemed destined for more scoring. The two clubs didn’t disappoint, providing another four goals to settle with a 5-5 tie Tuesday at Sierra High.

After ending the first half deadlocked in a 3-3 tie Sierra struck first in the second half, netting a tie breaking goal in the 60th minute from Bryan Ramos on a particularly nice assist from Nicholas Gonzalez. Gonzalez dribbled around a host of Franklin players before finding a slicing Ramos heading directly to the goal. Gonzalez’ second-half assist was one play on a long list of Timberwolves making extraordinary passes.

“At practice we work on passing with a message,” Sierra co-head coach Jose Montes. “You have to pass the ball to someone and it has to be delivered right. We work extremely hard on that, but it’s still early in the season.

“But that is something that we definitely have stressed.”

Sierra (1-0-1) had little difficulty finding the appropriate player to get the ball to, turning in several scoring opportunities through three and four one-touch passes. Franklin would just find a way to respond and on both second half goals, instantly.

The Yellowjackets would respond within two minutes to tie it up 4-4, making good on a header off a corner kick. Franklin (1-0-1) would take a 5-4 lead with another goal just four minutes later, pushing Sierra into urgency and revealing the depth Sierra can look forward to this season.

Ramos and constant energy provider Nathan Hong were substituted for Steven Dominguez and Gonzalez. With two invaluable pieces leaving the pitch Sierra didn’t blink, getting a game-tying goal from Erick Noriega.

“We are pretty deep at the midfield positions,” Montes said. “We’ve never really been in that position. We’ve always had a forward that was special, but this year we have a lot of midfielders and they’re all going to play.”

Sierra got its first half goals from Henry Diaz, Ruben Lopez and Ramos. Injuries from the keeper position has forced some adjustments on the Timberwolves, yet when they get healthy in the net Sierra expects to compete throughout the season.

“We played well but we still need to work on some stuff,” Sierra captain Lopez said. “We have to get better at maintaining our heads, but we’ll be alright.

“We missed some of our chances today, we really could have had more.”

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