The Sierra High girls soccer team reached the final round of its own tournament — the Vern Gebhardt Cup — for a third straight season this past Saturday.
And for a third straight season, the Timberwolves settled for second place, this time falling 2-1 in a rematch against Tracy. Sierra visited Tracy on March 6 for a nonleague match and was defeated, 3-1.
After the Bulldogs scored their goals in the first half, Sierra (4-2-2) struck with a goal from Naomi Nunis just two minutes into the second to make the rest of the match interesting. Jacquelin Revives assisted the score.
Tracy also claimed the Gebhardt Cup’s frosh-soph title, defeating Sierra, 2-1.
Earlier Saturday, Asia Cortez and Jessica Cueca each scored once in the Timberwolves’ 2-0 win over Beyer in the semifinals. Kristyn DeBrouwer came up with an assist.
Sierra went 2-1-1 in the tournament, which started Friday, and served as a good tune-up going into today’s Valley Oak League opener at Oakdale, home of the defending conference titlist.
“We have a very young team with a lot of areas of the game to work on,” Sierra coach Manuel Pires said. “It was nice to have the opportunity to do that with four games before league starts. I thought we improved and had moments where we looked pretty good, but we’re still having moments where we don’t look that good.”