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Ends up costing non-league game
Sierra Highs David Lopez (r) and Jose Fernandez of Franklin-Stockton in a 1-0 non-league win for the Yellowjackets at Sierra. - photo by DAVE CAMPBELL/The Bulletin

Sierra battled the heat Wednesday but could not find any intensity in a 1-0 non-league soccer loss to Franklin-Stockton on Wednesday on the back soccer field at Sierra High.

 “We could not get rolling,” Sierra coach Joe Pires said. “We didn’t link any passes together.

 “Last weekend in our tournament we played real well and linked some passes together and moved the ball up the field. Today we couldn’t do that. Even though we picked things up in the last five minutes we just didn’t have the energy.

 “Turnovers and the heat killed us – but the other team had to play in the heat too. We were just flat today.”

 Timberwolves forward Eddie Aguilar sees that his team needs some quality practice time.

 “It was a tough game,” Aguilar said. “When one goal is all that is scored and that makes the difference, you have to fix that at practice.”

 Sierra (6-5) defeated Franklin (5-1-2)  2-1 on Aug. 28.

 “I think we had more intensity the first time we played them,” Aguilar said. “We kind of wanted it last time.

 “And maybe since we won the first one we kind of lowered our intensity a bit.”

 Yellowjackets coach Richard Rodriguez was please he got another shot at the Timberwolves.

 “I am glad we got to face them again,” Rodriguez said. “Because I wanted to see if we could match them again, and I think we passed it.

 “We did what we had to do, which was maintain pressure. I was very happy with that.”

 Franklin scored with five minutes left in the first half on a goal by Gildardo Arias assisted by Miguel Acosta.

 “That goal came from my fullback,” Rodriguez said. “We have been practicing these plays and the work is paying off.”

 The Yellowjackets prevailed 7-0 in the sophomore contest.