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Motivated TWolves trounce Dbacks
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There was more than rain falling from the sky Tuesday night as No. 8 Sierra hit Union Mine of El Dorado with 20 shots on goal, converting seven of them for a 7-2 win over the No. 9 Diamondbacks in opening-round action of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV playoffs at Daniel Teicheira Memorial Field.
“We needed a game like this,” Timberwolves coach Joe Pires said. “We have had a rough end of the season and now we have everyone healthy.
“The players were pretty well motivated and we played a very good game from defense to midfield to offense and everything clicked. It was nice to see.”
Alex Mata (two assists), Eddie Aguilar (two assists) and David Lopez (assist) each had two goals for Sierra (15-8-3) with Kevin Mendiola getting a goal and an assist and Joel Lemus an assist.
Mata, Aguilar, and Lopez combined on the prettiest goal of the night in the 33rd minute when Aguilar’s header gave the Timberwolves a 2-0 lead.
“It all started with a ball to David (Lopez) and back to (Alex) Mata and then he lobbed it over to me,” Aguilar said. “I saw the ball curling down and I made it between the two center backs and I was lucky enough to get my head on it.
“It was the first round of the playoffs and we wanted to start off strong. We are not too happy with where we finished off in league so we have to fix that in the playoffs.”
After leading 3-0 at halftime Lopez got the first and last goals of the second half for Sierra.
“We gave it all we had,” Lopez said. “We got the result we were looking for.”
The Diamondbacks (8-8-1) got a goal apiece from Luis Cisneros and Nyah Mansala-Smith in the second half.
Mata started the scoring in the fourth minute when a long cross from Mendiola was deflected by the Union Mine goalie and Mata pounded it in the net.
Sierra started the VOL campaign on fire with seven straight wins but only managed two wins in the final eight league games.
“At the beginning of the season we started off undefeated,” Mata said. “Then we lost to East Union and things started to go down.
“But with playoffs we are stepping up. We stepped up today.”
The Timberwolves travel to Galt on Thursday to take on the top-ranked Warriors who are undefeated with 16-0-2 record at Walker Park at 6:30 p.m.