After battling to a 1-1 tie through regulation in the championship, Clovis North outscored tournament host Sierra in penalty kicks 5-4 for the Vern Gebhardt Champions Cup title Saturday at Daniel Teicheira Memorial Stadium.
Jocelin Roa scored for Sierra (3-1-1) on an assist from Zoie Willson in the second half to tie the game with about four minutes remaining.
“I am proud of how the girls played,” Timberwolves coach Manuel Pires said. “They scored early on us in the first 10-15 minutes and they outplayed us early on.
“In the second half we had great opportunities, but we just missed a few. To see how we competed against a team like Clovis North makes me proud. It hurts to lose in PKs but that’s how it goes.”
Earlier Saturday morning, the Timberwolves blanked Patterson 4-0 in the semifinals. Roa notched a hat trick just 15 minutes into the match.
“We came into the game with the mindset of taking them out of their game early,” Roa said. “And to get a shutout.”
Preeya Singh led the Sierra defense that allowed just one Tigers shot on goal.
“We try to keep a shutout,” Singh said. “We knew they had one very fast player and we had to man-mark her the whole game and that’s what we did.”
Pires thought his team may have been complacent with its early lead.
“We scored early, and I think the girls then got a little disconnected after that,” Pires said. “We came back in the second half and made some opportunities and then we added that last goal.
“We still have work to do to be a little more efficient the whole game not just the first 10 to 15 minutes.”
In the tournament opener Friday against Weston Ranch, Payton Abrew scored her first high school goal for Sierra but was overlooked on the scoring sheet.
The Timberwolves lost in the junior varsity finals to Lincoln of Stockton 3-0.