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Sierra wins final tune-up for VOL

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POSTED December 20, 2017 1:59 a.m.



STOCKTON — Sierra got a good gauge for the Valley Oak League competition to come Tuesday, dominating the second half for a 3-1 win at Lincoln.
The Trojans (5-4) have wins over Weston Ranch, Manteca and East Union but could not keep the unbeaten VOL champion at bay. Sierra (9-0-1) netted three unanswered goals and did not allow a shot in the second half. Jadyn Shinn scored the go-ahead and insurance goals in the second half, and goalie Michaela Bitle finished with five saves.
“We brought the energy in the second half after starting pretty flat,” Sierra coach Manuel Pires said.
The Timberwolves did not get on board until Jenna Villanueva converted with a 20-yard blast in the 33rd minute.
“Jenna is only a freshman but she controls the middle for our team,” Pires said. “She won’t show up in many box scores, but she’s so smart with the ball. Today, she was rewarded with a goal.”
Shinn took over from there, finding the net twice in a 3-minute span. Tiana Cello delivered a through ball to set up her first goal in the 63rd minute, and she later put away a 35-yard attempt.
Sierra opens VOL play Thursday against Lathrop.

Manteca 6,
Gustine 0
GUSTINE — The Buffaloes (8-3) wrapped up their nonleague schedule with a three-game winning streak.
Kaley Miller led the charge with a hat trick, and Madison Burch added a goal and an assist. Alexa Mayen and Kaitlynn Funsch scored one apiece. Aimee Meier came up with three saves.
Manteca kicks off VOL action at Oakdale.

Edison 6, Lathrop 2
LATHROP — The Spartans (3-1-1) lost their first match of the season, but coach Jose Montes used it as an opportunity to challenge his entire roster.
Taylor Rose and Kassandra Ceja scored Lathrop’s goals, and Edison (5-6) led 3-2 at halftime.
“I wanted to see what our bench is like with our first league game on Thursday,” Montes said. “We’ll see if it’s going to make us stronger or make us weaker.”

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