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Shorthanded Sierra surges past Tracy

Timberwolves at disadvantage with early red card

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Shorthanded Sierra surges past Tracy

Sierra’s Juan Acosta is congratulated by teammate Bryan Ramos (R) after scoring the go-ahead goal during a 3-1 non-league victory over visiting Tracy on Wednesday.

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POSTED September 12, 2013 12:46 a.m.

Juan Acosta put his money where his mouth was Wednesday.

Sierra’s junior captain proved he was more than just a vocal leader by creating several scoring opportunities and putting away the go-ahead goal in the 75th minute, which helped lift his ball club to a 3-1 win over visiting Tracy.

“I just found my way through and did it for my team,” said Acosta, who scored his eighth goal of the preseason. “I had to redeem myself. We were a man down and we had to fight through. That was the only thing we could do.”

Sierra’s Rigo Gomez was ejected after receiving a red card within the game’s opening five minutes.

The T’Wolves, who improved to 4-3-1 after the comeback, were forced to play 11-on-10 for the rest of the contest.

The Timberwolves scored three unanswered goals in the second half  while shorthanded.

Sierra trailed 1-0 at the halftime break. Tracy’s Jacob Gonzalez scored in the fifth minute on a direct kick, two possessions following the ejection.

“We’re a second-half team,” Sierra assistant coach Ronnie Green said. “We’ve scored an average of four goals per game. So I knew the goals would come if we just kept pressuring. The guys played with heart.

“We played possession, we played our game and it was physical by both teams.”

Sierra received one yellow card, one red card and three cautions, while Tracy (2-2) received three yellow cards all in the second half.

The T’Wolves’ equalizer was scored by Jesus Coronado on a half-bicycle kick assisted by Alejandro Ramos in the 46th minute.

“Great goal,” Green said. “Good pass from Alejandro, and (Coronado) just put it in from about 17 yards out. Beautiful shot.”

Sierra had more than a few opportunities to score before Acosta finally broke the tie. Bryan Ramos scored the Sierra insurance goal in the 76th minute that made up the final score.

“We just came out with hunger (in the second half),” Acosta concluded. “We knew we had to get that ‘W’. Our tempo picked up, and so did our morale.”

Sierra’s next game is scheduled for Sept. 17 at 5:30 p.m. on the road against Lathrop to start Valley Oak League play.

Manteca 2, Modesto 2

Manteca outshot Modesto 20-10, but had to settle for the stalemate.

The visiting Buffaloes (7-0-1) received goals from Jason Marvailla and Javier Rodriguez.

Marvailla’s goal was assisted by Marcus Montano and tied the game at one apiece, which was the score at the half. Rodriguez’s score was assisted by Brandon Landwehr, trying the game at 2-2 with about 10 minutes left. Both of Manteca’s scores were on headers.

“We had the opportunities, but we just had a hard time finishing,” Manteca head coach Justin Coenenberg said.

Abdiel Chaquito finished with three saves for the Buffaloes, who will play against Franklin (Stockton) Friday at Manteca High at 6:30 p.m.

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