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Cougars see silver lining in draw
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Coach Francisco Cisneros isn’t disappointed in how his Weston Ranch boys soccer team blew a two-goal lead in Tuesday’s 3-3 tie with visiting Lincoln.

While it’s the first blemish in what had been a perfect start to the season for the 3-0-1 Cougars, Cisneros found out that his young team can play under pressure.

Weston Ranch led 1-0 at halftime thanks to William Giron’s goal, but Lincoln tied it up early in the second half and appeared to have momentum on its side. The Cougars did not buckle, Cisneros said, as Giron netted his second score after stealing the ball away from Lincoln’s goalkeeper just moments later. They continued to surge ahead, as Joseph Mayorca put one away to expand Weston Ranch’s lead with roughly 15 minutes to go. Giron was credited with the assist.

“It was a great learning experience for the team today,” Cisneros said. “I liked the way our guys responded … it was just an unlucky bounce that literally cost us.”

That unlucky bounce he referenced led to a handball violation on one of his players and Lincoln’s second goal. Cisneros said a “miscommunication” on the defensive end allowed the Trojans to tie it in the final minutes.

Cisneros was pleased regardless. He felt that his team played good ball.

“There’s nothing negative to take away from this, there are just some things we can’t control,” he said. “Tomorrow is a new day and we’ll see what happens. It’s a busy week for these guys, but they’re up for the challenge.”

Weston Ranch heads to Chavez today before competing in the Buffalo Cup Thursday and Saturday.

Ripon Christian 7, Big Valley Christian 0

The Knights (2-1-1) conquered Big Valley behind Danny Vander Molen’s hat trick. Andrew Manes chipped in a pair of goals, while Tristin Veldstra had one. Kyle Colyn, Kyle Van Vuren and Max Koetsier each had an assist.

Goalie Lukas Vermuelen (one save) recorded his first shutout of the season.

Sierra 4, Johansen 2

In Modesto, Juan Acosta netted two goals and assisted one to Bryan Ramos. Jesus Coronado was partly responsible for an own goal that went against Johansen, as his corner kick cross deflected off the head of a defender.

Sierra’s frosh-soph squad also won, 3-2.