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Sierra settles for tough stalemate at Sonora
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Sierra’s coaches are treating its 2-2 tie at Sonora like a victory.

The long trip and artificial turf combined with a scrappy Sonora squad always makes for a tough task for any visiting team.

“Going up the hill and playing there is always tough,” said Sierra co-head coach Brett Parham. “We felt that we played well and couldn’t ask for more.

“Jose (Montes) and I were very happy with how we played. We were uptempo and moved the ball really well, but their goalie is phenomenal.”

Sierra (2-1-2, 6-2-4 overall), which drops to fourth place in the Valley Oak League standings, was often thwarted by 6-foot-2 Andrew Klatt, who Parham calls “the best keeper the league.”

Henry Dias and Brian Ramos both scored in the first half for Sierra. Sonora (1-1-3, 4-4-3) struck once in each half on what Parham called “fortunate goals” off free kicks. On the equalizer, the ball hit the cross bar but took a Sonora bounce and settled into the net.

“Sometimes you play well and you don’t always come away with the win,” he said.”

East Union 6, Kimball 1

In Tracy, Ryan Chaney gave host Kimball (0-4-1, 2-13-1) the early lead in the 25th minute, but Jairo Baires and the Lancers (3-0-2, 6-1-3) answered back quickly en route to their third straight blowout win.

Jairo Baires tied it up a minute later and put EU up for good in the 35th minute. Alfredo Solorzano scored twice in the second half, while Scott Fisher and Gustavo Vasquez buried one goal apiece.

“We’re still working on little details, but every game I see the team playing better and better,” said EU coach Victor Polanco. “We’re taking every game like it’s a championship game.”

Oakdale 3, Weston Ranch 2

Antobelly Guzman scored on direct and penalty kicks for Weston Ranch (0-4-1, 2-8-1).

Davis Harper led the visiting Mustangs (3-2, 6-9-1) with two goals, while Daniel Martinez contributed one. Oakdale struck quickly for two goals and carried a 3-1 lead into halftime.

“The team played good and moved the ball well to get a lot of good chances, but we couldn’t put them away,” Weston Ranch coach Julio Madrigal said. “Oakdale came out on fire, but effort-wise I was happy with the way we came back and made a game of it.”


Weston Ranch 5, Oakdale 3

The Cougars were paced by Kevin Medina’s two goals. Pancho Munroy, Yoyo Mayorca and Carlos Vargas chipped in one each. Goalie Andy Martinez saved a penalty kick.

Sierra 6, Sonora 1

In Sonora, the Timberwolves broke it open in the second half after lead 2-1 at halftime.

Alejandro Ramos fired a hat trick, Jesse Semenza scored twice and Joel Vargas added one goal.