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Shinn’s No. 1 goal: section title for Sierra

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On Feb. 28, Clara von Arnim (8), Daisy Valencia (16) and Tiana Cello (12) run toward Jadyn Shinn after she scored her 107th career goal — which tied a program record — during Sierra’s Sac-Joaquin S...

POSTED March 30, 2018 11:58 p.m.

Another year, another set of milestones for Jadyn Shinn.
She isn’t done yet.
The Sierra junior has a chance to blow away the program’s previous goal scoring record, but above all she wants to bring a Sac-Joaquin Section championship back to the campus. She’s the Manteca Bulletin All-Area Girls Soccer MVP for a second straight year after netting 42 goals and 10 assists and leading her team to another Valley Oak League title.
Shinn aims to end the Timberwolves’ string of heartbreaking finishes in her final go-round at Sierra. Her freshman and junior seasons ended in home playoff games, and they were outmatched against Vista del Lago in the 2017 SJS Division III final. Sierra owns four section banners and has reached the title round nine times.
“I’m more pumped now,” she said. “I want to end with a bang my senior year. I’m going to give it everything I have and help the team in any way possible.”
She did that and more in a somewhat abbreviated season this past winter. Shinn missed Sierra’s first seven matches because she was competing for the San Jose Earthquakes Girls Academy team. She’s currently back with the Quakes squad, routinely making trips to Sunnyvale to train with the team.
“It takes some dedication and a lot of your time, but it’s pretty fun,” Shinn said. “We get to travel to a lot of places, even if it’s just for one game out of state.”
It didn’t take long for Shinn to get reacquainted at the high school team, racking up four hat tricks in her first five caps of the season. She finished with seven hat tricks and scored in all but one game.
Shinn was faced with a dilemma in the middle of the season. She was committed to Notre Dame since her freshman year, then head coach Theresa Romagnolo resigned in January. Shinn quietly changed her commitment to Cal.
“Notre Dame was a special school to me and I had a connection with the coach, but I started to think about (decommitting) after she resigned,” Shinn said. “That was when Cal stepped in and said they were interested. I visited the campus, the coaches are super cool and a few of my teammates on the academy team will be playing there.
“I just thought it was a good choice for me to make, but it was definitely hard.”
While weighing her college options, Shinn continued to come through for Sierra. She scored three goals in a wild 4-4 draw with Manteca in VOL play, and the two rivals got together again for the second round of the section playoffs. It was her two header goals that was the difference in the second-seeded Timberwolves’ 2-1 victory, setting up a semifinal showdown with No. 3 Central Valley.
Shinn knows most of Central Valley’s players and coaches well having grown up in Ceres. Adding to the intrigue, she was one goal away from tying Sierra’s career goal-scoring record.
Shinn did it in the 54th minute with a right-footed blast from the 18-yard line. She is already the program’s points leader with 264 points (107 goals, 50 assists) and is tied with 2009 graduate Nicole Vanni (44 assists, 258 points) for the career-goals mark. Vanni is also the single-season leader with 53 goals scored her senior year.
“It was an amazing feeling, but to be honest I wasn’t really thinking about it,” she said. “I went into the game not caring to score, I just wanted to do what was best for the team. When it was announced it was pretty awesome, but for me it was more about winning the game.”
Sierra (24-1-2) came up short on that front. Central Valley answered with the equalizer four minutes later and survived several makeable tries from the T’wolves for the remainder of regulation and two overtime periods. The Hawks prevailed in a penalty-kick shootout 5-4, as Sierra missed its final attempt.
“It was a tough loss, but we gave it our all,” Shinn said. “We didn’t expect to lose it but they’re a really good team. We definitely had a good season, and we’ll do our best to go farther next year and win sections.”
She’s not the only one in the family with section-title aspirations. Her younger brother Jordan was a starting defender as a freshman for Sierra’s VOL champion boys soccer team, which was knocked out in the first round of the SJS playoffs.
“It was cool for our parents to be able to see both of our games all season,” Jadyn said. “Before it was one parent taking me to a game and the other taking him somewhere else for his practice or game. It’s nice to have both of us playing for our school, and both teams had a great season.”

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