The Sierra Timberwolves have not seen a legitimate test over their final few Valley Oak League contests, yet that has not stopped the club from putting together solid outings, including a one-sided 7-1 victory over Weston Ranch to close out the regular season as the conference’s runners-up.
Sierra (9-1-4 VOL, 14-2-6 overall) jumped out to a 5-0 halftime lead and never relinquished, surrendering a meaningless second-half goal on its way to the win. The Timberwolves have outscored their opponents 22-1 in closing out the VOL slate.
“These games this week are the ones that get us focused and ready for the postseason,” Sierra head coach Manuel Pires said. “I like how we are playing and I feel we’ll be ready to go.”
Senior Stephanie Vanni was definitely ready to go in the league finale, scoring four goals in an eight-point night, cashing in on all but two of her shots on goal. Asia Cortez, Sydnee Canales and Joanna Ortiz all netted one goal for Sierra.
Goalie Lia Unterholzner handled the keeper position flawlessly, giving up the one goal in her 80 minutes of work in the net.
Sierra will open the Sac-Joaquin Section Division-IV Championships with a home game against Livingston High. Both clubs are their respective league’s No. 2 seeds, forming a respectable match that could go to either club.
“When we found out we were going to be hosting our first playoff game,” Pires said. “Everyone got pretty excited. I don’t know anything about them, they are fairly new to our division. We have never seen them play and I’m pretty sure they have never seen us.
“It’s going to be two teams that will meet for the first time in the playoffs and should be a good game.”
Ripon 4, Riverbank 0
The Indians kept their postseason aspirations alive with a 4-0 win over Riverbank Tuesday on the road.
Sidtia Sidtikun got the Indians on the board first with an unassisted first half goal. Yvette Serrano and Macy Christian also netted first half goals, and Katherin Ratto closed out the Indians scoring with a goal off a deflection on a Ratto shot attempt.
Ripon (7-2-2) will need to close out the TVL season with a win over Orestimba to assure a postseason berth. Three teams including Ripon (Hilmar and Hughson) sit with seven wins in the TVL standings, leaving the three clubs separated by a single loss.
Hilmar’s season is complete as it has a bye Thursday, while Hughson will host the Riverbank Bruins.