Becca Thomson converted three of her eight shot attempts, leading Sierra’s girls soccer team to a convincing 6-1 league-opening win at Kimball of Tracy on Tuesday.
The Timberwolves (4-1-1 overall) are the four-time defending champions of the Valley Oak League.
Jocelin Roa contributed two goals and two assists. Zoie Willson had one goal and one assist. Sierra totaled 23 shot attempts, 16 on frame. Goalkeeper Annika Beall finished with two saves.
Sierra also won the junior varsity match, 4-2. Up next is a road game at Weston Ranch on Thursday.
Oakdale 2, East Union 1
The Lancers (5-1) logged their first loss of the season, and it comes on the first day of the VOL schedule.
Tallon Cervantez fed freshman Brooke Dorland for the first goal of the match, but East Union missed multiple good looks as Oakdale (2-1-1) escaped Dino Cunial Field with the stunning result.
“Going in we knew it would be a scrappy game,” East Union coach Jason Silva said. “We definitely didn’t play our style of game. Oakdale took us out of our game early.
“We’ll be OK, though. It’s a long season. Our team is very young, starting eight underclassmen tonight. We’ll bounce back.”
East Union hosts Central Catholic on Thursday.
Manteca 4, Sonora 1
With a bye to start the VOL schedule, the Buffaloes (3-2) traveled to the Mother Lode and came away with a win after scoring three unanswered goals in the second half.
Caitlynn Wong tied the game in the first half, getting the assist from Cameron Silva. Silva, the reigning VOL MVP, finished with two goals and two assists. Emilee Craighead also scored.
Marissa Soza had eight saves. The Buffs kick off league play Thursday at Oakdale.
Ben Holt Prep 3, Ripon Christian 0
Ripon Christian (4-2-1) was shut out in its final tune-up before Southern Athletic League play. The Knights open up with Denair at home next Monday.
Against Ben Holt (3-0), the Knights were held to seven shot attempts. Tara Heida started as the goalkeeper and finished with eight saves before she was relieved by Ellie Kowes (one save).
Weston Ranch 1, Galt 1
The Cougars (6-3-2) were moments away from notching a big road win over one of the traditional powerhouses in the Sac-Joaquin Section.
Angel Zapata pushed Weston Ranch ahead in the first half and was assisted by Sergio Garcia. The Warriors (3-0-1) responded with the equalizer in the final minute.
“Had some really good scoring opportunities that we need to put away,” Weston Ranch coach Francisco Cisneros said. “We played with high defensive intensity all game long. Disappointing end to our game, but a good result against a very good soccer program.”
Ripon 62, Oakdale 32
Ten of 11 available players scored for host Ripon (5-1), which put together its most complete effort of the season, so far.
Makenzie Loechler and Kaylee Hutchinson netted 14 points apiece to lead the way. Loechler also had seven rebounds, while Hutchinson had four steals and four assists. Emily Sesser contributed 10 points.
Oakdale (4-2) led 12-10 after the first quarter but was held to single digits in each of the next three periods. Ripon outscored the Mustangs 18-2 in the fourth.
“I was pretty proud of the girls tonight,” Ripon coach Rick Inderbitzin said. “This was the best basketball game I have seen them play in two years. Everything started clicking in the second half. We played unselfish basketball, and the girls started to gain confidence as we kept playing.”
JV girls basketball
Atwater 36, East Union 32
Mariela Navarro poured in 15 points in the non-league defeat for the Lancers on Monday. Jatziry Garcia chipped in with seven.
Tracy 64, East Union 29
Garcia and Navarro paced the Lancers with 10 and seven points, respectively, on Tuesday.