Sierra High’s girls soccer team capped its brutal four-match stretch to start the Valley Oak League season with a much-needed 1-0 victory over visiting Kimball.
“It was a great, hard-fought game against a very physical team,” Sierra coach Manuel Pires said.
The win is the first in conference play for the Timberwolves (1-2-1, 5-4-3 overall) after starting out with two-goal losses to East Union and Oakdale sandwiched by a scoreless draw with Manteca.
Sierra’s youth was served in Monday’s affair, as two connecting passes from two underclassmen led to the deciding goal from another underclassman.
In the 16th minute, sophomore midfielder Tiffany Quezada played the ball to freshman Alexis Young in the right wing. Young beat a defender and crossed it to sophomore Sydnee Canales for the goal.
Goalie Lia Unterholzner stuffed a one-on-one opportunity in each half to keep the sheets clean.
Coach Pires believes his club isn’t out of the clear yet. On Wednesday, the Timberwolves travel to Sonora, where wins don’t come so easily.
“Sonora has had a couple down years, but they seem to be on their way back up this year,” he said.
Manteca 4, Sonora 0
At Guss Schmiedt Field, the Buffaloes (3-0-1, 9-3-2) could have won more decisively after firing 38 shots, but they stay within range of league-leading East Union nonetheless.
Chenayi Tavaziva scored twice in the second half in the 48th and 57th minutes. Jasmine Odell and Adaeze Nkwocha added one apiece. Sialei Manuleleua, Avigail Mayen and Jessica Reeder each contributed an assist, while keeper Jimi Guibor collected four saves to go with the shutout.
Lathrop 3, Weston Ranch 1
Yaneli Avila, Stephanie Muriset and Stephanie Maduli each netted a goal as the host Spartans (1-3, 3-8-1) snapped a five-match losing streak.
Weston Ranch (0-4, 0-9-1) remains winless.
Lathrop 4, Weston Ranch 0
Asianya Jones, Melissa Ponce, Haide Ramirez and Diane Romero scored for Lathrop.
Mount Shasta 10, Ripon Christian 5
The visiting Bears of the North Section did all of their damage in the first three innings to jump out to a 10-3 lead in the nonleague contest Saturday. They plated six of their runs in the second.
Ripon Christian (2-7-1) had 10 hits. Chris Saenz (double, RBI) and Kalvin Prins (RBI, run) each went-for-4, while Colby De Vries (double, RBI) went 2-for-4.
Dylan Padula drove in five runs in a 2-for-5 effort for Mt. Shasta.
Ripon Christian 218, Le Grand DQ
Kyle Colyn and Andrew Manes both finished 5-over 41 to lead the Knights (1-1) to a Southern League win at Pheasant Run Golf Club in Chowchilla.
Christian Manes checked in with a 42, Danny Vos a 46 and Brandon Dotinga a 48.