Midway through the second half Friday night Minty Doyle headed in a corner kick from Jadyn Shinn for an insurance goal to help tournament host Sierra defeat Tokay of Lodi 2-0 to wrap up pool play in the Vern Gebhardt Cup at Daniel Teicheira Memorial Stadium.
The Timberwolves earlier routed River Valley of Yuba City, 4-0.
“I was looking to drop it near the penalty box because she can make it from there,” Shinn said.
Doyle scored the first goal of the game just three minutes into the first half on an assist from Yasmin Ballew.
“I just saw an opportunity and I took it,” Doyle said of her header from Shinn.
The Timberwolves (8-0-2) dominated throughout, allowing the Tigers just four shots.
“It was a tough game,” Sierra coach Manuel Pires said. “But I think we dominated most of the play and did a good job shutting down any opportunities from them. A shutout is always a good way to keep your team motivated and going.
“The ball kind of slipped away – a couple of balls really got away – from it hitting the wet grass. It’s kind of tough, but the girls have to be prepared to play in these kinds of conditions.”
Four Sierra players — Kayley Alvarado, Kyndra Kiser, Doyle and Ballew — scored in the tournament-opening win over River Valley. Kayley Alvarado, Kyndra Kiser. Shinn had two assists with Doyle and Kiser getting one apiece.
The Timberwolves continue tournament play this morning at 10:45.
The reigning Sac-Joaquin Section Division III champion Lancers (3-1) had slow starts in both of their matches Friday, and it came back to bite them in their second.
Bear Creek (5-1) led by two goals at halftime and toppled East Union 2-1 to earn a spot in the championship bracket today. Skylar Treacy accounted for the Lancers’ only goal.
East Union defeated Lincoln 2-0 to start the day. After a scoreless half, Clarissa Lecce and Jenna Zuniga were able to get the Lancers on board. Elena Rivera contributed an assist.
East Union plays Enochs at noon today.
Previously a head coach for the Sierra boys program, first-year Lathrop coach Jose Montes returned his old stomping grounds Friday.
The Spartans (1-3-1) were dropped by Chavez 1-0 before bouncing back with a 1-1 draw against Mountain House. Azalea Robles accounted for their lone goal for the day.
Lathrop continues the round-robin competition Sonora at 10:45 this morning and Valley Oak League rival Weston Ranch at 3 p.m.
The Cougars (2-1) already have more wins than they did all of last season.
They began tournament play with a 2-0 win over Chavez before losing to Sonora by the same score. Liz Ortiz scored on a penalty kick and assisted Yvette Jaimes’ goal in the victory. Weston Ranch returns to action against Mountain House today starting at noon.