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Sierra holds off Ranch to gain ground in VOL

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POSTED October 3, 2012 12:47 a.m.

No lead is safe in the Valley Oak League this season.

Second-place Sierra found that out Tuesday in its 5-3 win over visiting Weston Ranch. The Timberwolves (4-1-2, 8-2-4 overall) were well ahead 4-0 by the 17th minute, but Weston Ranch (1-5-1, 3-9-1) played well in the second half and closed in 4-2 at one point.

“Weston Ranch is a good team that can’t be taken lightly, and they showed that by battling back,” said Sierra co-head coach Brett Parham.

Sierra was able to close to within two points of league-leading Manteca with the victory.

Ruben Lopez returned to action for Sierra after missing several games with a back injury. He scored in the 8th, 13th and 17th minutes for a hat trick. Jaime Rivera broke ice in the fifth minute, burying a shot set up by a backwards pass from Nico Gonzalez.

Bryan Ramos provided the second-half goal to bring Sierra’s lead back up to three.

“It was not our best performance, but it was good for our offense to get on track because we’ve been struggling to put goals away,” Parham said. “It was nice to see Ruben have a big game back from injury. It allowed us to go a little deeper into the bench and use a different group of players.”

Victor Trejo, William Giron and Daniel Tapia scored for the Cougars. Robert Cisneros and Enrique Jimenez each recorded an assist.

“The boys came out real flat, but credit to Sierra for putting the goals away early,” Weston Ranch coach Julio Madrigal said. “I thought we outplayed them in the second half and had more possession and opportunities, we just have to do that for the whole game.”

 

Lathrop 1, Kimball 0

The Spartans (1-2-4, 6-2-4) finally tallied their first VOL win of the season after settling for ties and one-goal losses against conference contenders.

Danny Becerra assisted Gilberto Duran’s goal in the first half, and goalie Omar Guzman came up with four saves.

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