Sierra vanquished visiting Valley 6-0 on Wednesday to kick start its defense of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division III girls soccer championship.
The top-seeded Timberwolves (23-1), winners of 16 straight, welcomes No. 9 Beyer (14-4-2) on Friday for a rematch of their 2019 semifinal duel.
It didn’t take long for them to strike against the No. 16 Vikings (7-6-2) from Sacramento, as Juliana Camenzind Rodriguez opened scoring in the fifth minute. In the eighth, Tiana Cello netted the first of her three tallies of the night. Sierra led 4-0 at halftime.
Jenna Villanueva and Nicole Martin fired a goal apiece, while Julianna Munoz was credited with two assists. Cello, who has a team-high 42 goals, and Villanueva are ranked as the Nos. 2 and 3 scorers in the SJS, according to MaxPreps.
East Union 2, Golden Valley 1 (OT)
MERCED — The No. 11 Lancers (9-10-2) dropped their final three contests in the regular season, and they’ll have a chance to avenge one of them after the upset victory.
Hailey Sims set up East Union’s quarterfinal against cross-town rival Manteca with her go-ahead goal midway through the second overtime period. She also accounted for her team’s earlier goal, cashing in during the 15th minute.
East Union previously faced No. 6 Golden Valley (10-5-5) two months ago and lost, 2-1.The Lancers had a better showing in the revenge game and did not allow a shot on goalkeeper Malia Allen in the first half. She was replaced by Kylie Mendez (two saves) at halftime and returned for overtime to make three saves.
Golden Valley tied it with a penalty kick late in the second half, and Sims’ overtime game-winner came off a deflection following a corner-kick cross.
Ripon 8, Marysville 0
Defensive midfielder Kailey Tijero set the tone for her productive night with a headed goal off Ariana Scholten’s corner kick in the second minute.
Tijero wound up with a hat trick all scored off of corners, the last of which was recorded in the 44th minute. She also assisted goals for Scholten and Haley Burton. Scholten finished with four assists.
Devaney Dougherty, Hailey Peterson and Sheylyn Pokorny chipped in a goal apiece.
Ellie Everhart anchored No. 1 Ripon on the defensive third, where No. 16 Marysville (9-12-3) was limited to two shots attempts. Eighth-seeded West Campus (12-4-2) visits Stouffer Field on Friday.