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Lights halt Sierra barrage in season-opening victory
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The only thing that could halt Sierra’s quick-striking attack Tuesday was the lights.
“We had problems with the lights so we had to stop the game,” Sierra coach Joe Pires said.
The Timberwolves didn’t have trouble scoring. They “settled” for an 8-0 win over visiting Humpherys Able Charter of Stockton after the lights went out at Daniel Teicheira Memoral Stadium.
Sierra was so dominant that many of its 26 players still got playing time.
“We have a pretty strong group this year and we’re deep,” Pires said. “A lot of the second-string players came in late in the first half and early in the second half and did pretty well. We’re still trying to find the right group that can jell together.”
Kevin Mendiola led the barrage with two goals and an assist. Juan Guzman assisted two goals, while Chris Cortez, David Lopez, Jared Bagley, Carlos Mendez Marco Medrano and Taj Quadree each scored one.
Sierra should get stiffer competition in the Pitman Pride Cup in Turlock on Friday and Saturday. The Timberwolves open with tournament host Pitman at 10:45 a.m. Friday.

Turlock 3, East Union 1
TURLOCK — Two early goals ultimately did the Lancers in during Edgar Zelaya’s debut as varsity head coach.
Jesus Hurtado scored off an assist from Daniel Gomez in the first half to close East Union in 2-1. Turlock put it away with a late penalty kick.
“After we gave up the two quick goals we started playing defense,” Zelaya said. “I thought we dominated but we could not score. Overall, the team played really well and passed well, we just had a hard time scoring.”