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YELLOWJACKETS STING SIERRA

Late goal, missed opportunities topple T’Wolves

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YELLOWJACKETS STING SIERRA

Sierra striker David Reyes manages to stay on his feet after getting knocked off kilter by Hilmar defender Lucas Castro during a non-league matchup Tuesday.

JONAMAR JACINTO/The Bulletin


POSTED September 1, 2009 11:13 p.m.
Jose Montes makes it a point to throw his Sierra Timberwolves into the flame every preseason.

Another rugged non-league schedule is letting him know what his team is made of and what it has to work on, and he saw the good, bad and the ugly in Tuesday’s 4-3 loss to visiting small-school powerhouse Hilmar.

The Timberwolves (2-4) both struggled and shined on every level of the pitch. The talent is there, but Montes said it’s just a matter of experience and working the new players into his system of play.

“We do have a good team, we’re just not jelling together,” Montes said. “We’re struggling to play as a team. We have a couple of injuries but that gives us a chance to look at some of the other kids. Once preseason is done, we’ll know who can play.”

Playmaker Ricky Pacheco sprained a knee following the weekend’s Timberwolves Cup tournament and will be out two-three weeks. And promising sophomore Alejandro Gonzalez hobbled off the field just 10 minutes into the match.

While they were missed, Sierra still had opportunities to win. Missed opportunities, including a few uncontested attempts from point-blank range, and missed assignments on defense ultimately doomed the T’Wolves.

Sierra never led but thrice tied the score. Braian Gomez recorded the first two Sierra goals, while Edwin Perez knotted it at 3 in the 49th minute.

Sierra nearly matched Hilmar shot to shot, attempting 16 to the Yellowjackets’ 17.

“That’s the thing, we have to make the (scoring opportunities) that we create,” Montes said. “I’m not too worried about the result for right now, because I at least know that we can have those opportunities. That will come with more practice.”

Jason Pedro scored twice for Hilmar (1-1-1). Jordan Bettencourt had a goal and two assists, while Alex Bettencourt finished with one apiece.

Save for Pedro’s head shot off a free kick from Jordan Bettencourt in the 35th minute, Hilmar’s goals were otherwise uncontested. Bettencourt’s game-winner in the 62nd minute was an easy score with Sierra keeper Luis Garcia out of position, but Garcia did well throughout to keep his team in it with seven saves.

“We just got a little bit lucky and we got that last one to put it away,” Hilmar coach Louie Bettencourt said. “That’s a part of the game — sometimes you’re lucky. It could have been either team, though. They have a really good team, so I’m happy that we’re able to get this one.”

Sierra expects another tough match when it heads to Stockton today to face St. Mary’s at 5 p.m.

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