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Villasenor goal the difference in battle for 1st

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Sierra’s Miguel Villasenor heads the ball during a 1-0 win over visiting East Union.

POSTED February 1, 2018 1:53 a.m.

For Sierra’s Miguel Villasenor, it was all about being in the right place at the right time. 

In the 14th minute against East Union on Wednesday night at Daniel Teicheira Memorial Stadium, Osayi Osawaro tried a header for the Timberwolves that bounced back to him. 

Osawaro spotted an open teammate on the other side of the frame and flipped it across for Villasenor to bury into the net for what proved to be the night’s lone goal in a 1-0 Valley Oak League win that Sierra leapfrogs it past the Lancers into first place.

“Coach always tells me to follow the second ball, and that’s what I did on that play,” Villasenor said. “I was in the right spot at the right time, and fortunately I got the goal.”

Just a freshman, Osawaro is a foreign-exchange student from Italy and has made a big impact on the Timberwolves (8-1-1 VOL, 12-4-2 overall) in what will be his only year with the program.

“This was an important game,” Osawaro said. “And we have been training hard.”

After that goal, East Union goalie Trent Rivera shut Sierra down, posting nine saves. 

“This feels great,” Timberwolves coach Joe Pires said. “It has been a long season already and it has been a lot of work to get here. East Union is the defending champion and they are a very good team and we really played well so it feels good to be in first place.”

Osawaro is not the only Sierra freshman. Goalie Luis Acosta made eight saves, posting his fourth shutout in a row and sixth in league play.  

“He is young,” Pires said of Acosta. “He plays a style that is off the back. He has a very long kick and knows when we need a deep ball and when we need to take our time and deliver the ball to one of our guys in the middle. He has a very good technique of finding a player – he can deliver the ball, just like a quarterback.

“And defensively, this is his fourth shutout in a row. He has only been scored on in two league games.” 

With the Timberwolves on the attack most of the evening, East Union (7-1-2, 15-4-3) had problems countering. 

“We just couldn’t get anything going tonight,” Lancers coach Ronnie Green said. “They started fast like they did the last time with us, just like I knew they would. They got a goal on a misstep by one of my defenders and we just couldn’t counter.

“Our offense couldn’t put too many passes together and that’s how it ended.”



East Union 7, Sierra 1

Alex Arroyo help the Lancers remain undefeated in league through 10 games by scoring six goals and notching an assist.

Louis Ruvalcaba added a goal along with three assists. 

Jonathan Ponce and Manuel Garcia played solid defense for East Union and Fernando Ambriz had a great game in the goal for the Lancers.

Alex Rios had the Timberwolves’ loan goal on an assist from Ethan Rullen. 

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