Sierra’s Jadyn Shinn is a force when she is shooting, and even when she is not.
With two goals under her belt in the first eight minutes of the Valley Oak League contest with host East Union, Shinn lined up for a free kick in the 35th minute.
Shinn faked the kick and when the Lancers went with her fake, teammate Callie Crain stepped in and drilled the ball into the net on the way to a 4-0 Timberwolves win on Monday at Dino Cunial Field.
“I think they thought I was going to kick that free kick,” Shinn said. “That’s when I told Callie (Crain) we should switch it up. We have never done that – we have never even talked about it before. It was impromptu.
“As soon as I ran up everyone started moving and then Callie found the open space and nailed it.”
Shinn’s first goal came just three minutes into the game when she blasted a shot in from 25 yards out on an assist from Jenna Villanueva. She followed that up when she took a pass from Yasmin Ballew, dribbled through the defense and found the net.
“We came on really strong right off the bat,” Shinn said. “We were hungry for the goal. I couldn’t have got those goals without my team and because we were hungry it helped me to find those opportunities and that helped our momentum.”
Midway through the second half, Juliana Rodriguez belted a shot from 20 yards out on an assist from Tiana Cello for the final goal of the night.
“We are very fortunate to have the scoring machines that we have,” Sierra coach Manuel Pires said. “Jadyn is obviously our No. 1 goal scorer but we have other girls that can step up too.
“We possessed the ball well and made some good runs that created some shots.”
The defense for the Timberwolves (5-0 VOL, 17-2-1 overall) was spearheaded by goalie Michaela Bitle who had nine saves.
“I think our defense came in knowing they had extremely good forwards and an extremely good team,” Bitle said. “It was a rivalry game and it always brings out the best in us and we had level heads and we knew what we were doing.
“Our defense worked together as a whole and they helped me out a lot back there.”
Malia Allen had four saves for the Lancers (4-1, 10-2-1).
Once Shinn got those two quick goals, East Union had problems recovering.
“They beat us with the first two quick goals we gave up,” Lancers coach Carlos Gaspar said. “Jadyn is just an amazing player and you can’t leave her open like that.
“We made some adjustments in the middle of the game to slow the game down a bit and we were attacking. The problem is we put their shots in and we didn’t. We had our opportunities.”
On Friday, Sierra travels to Weston Ranch for a 3 p.m. game and at 5:45 p.m. East Union hosts Manteca.
Lathrop 5, Los Banos 0
LOS BANOS – Cassie Ceja scored all five goals for the Spartans in the Western Athletic Conference road win.
Lathrop (3-2 WAC, 4-5-1 overall) tallied one goal in the first half and the other four in the second. Valeria Retana, Aryana Jones, Isa Paniagua, Wendy Martinez and Emmi Arauzo each posted one assist for the Spartans.
“The energy and chemistry was awesome to see,” Lathrop coach Jose Montes said. “The movement of the ball was good and they were having fun. That’s the most important thing.”
The Spartans host Johansen on Wednesday at 5:30 p.m.
East Union 3, Sierra 2
After a deadlocked 2-2 first half, The Lancers managed the eventual winning goal in the second half.
Jasmine Ruiz, Celeste Guerrero and Thania Valencia each had a goal for East Union. Marissa Gallegos and Amanda Wright both had a goal for the Timberwolves.