By DAVE CAMPBELL
Eddie Aguilar had a hat trick for Sierra on Wednesday in a 4-0 win for the Timberwolves over visiting Kimball-Tracy in Valley Oak League soccer action at Daniel Teicheira Memorial Stadium.
Aguilar had two of his goals in the first half – one in the 15th minute on an assist from David Lopez and the other in the 30th minute on a pass from Pedro Maciel, a foreign exchange student from Portugal.
On Aguilar’s first goal, he drew the goalie out of the box and then passed the ball over the goalie back to himself and then into the net.
“It wasn’t planned, it just kind of happened,” Aguilar said of his pass to himself for a goal. “I have worked on that play, but right there it was just in the moment.
Aguilar’s third goal in the 53rd minute came on a pass from Juan Guzman and Maciel capped the scoring in the 57th minute when he powered in a rebound.
Maciel’s assist came after a steal.
“The coach always tells us to pressure up and I pressured the guy and fortunately got the ball and passed it to Eddie,” Maciel said of his assist to Aguilar.
Of his goal, Aguilar said “I like to score goals and when I got the ball at my feet I just wanted to put it in.”
Jonathan Hernandez Vargas played center back for the Timberwolves (3-0-1 VOL, 9-5-1 overall) and helped coordinate the shutout defensive effort.
“The defense starts with communication,” Hernandez-Vargas said. “I always talk with my outsides and we always communicate well.”
While the Jaguars (1-2-1, 2-8-1) never really threatened, Sierra coach Joe Pires was none too pleased with his team’s effort.
“It was a flat game,” Pires said. “It was not one of our best games, but we won and that is what you are looking for. The kids just seemed like they didn’t want to be here.
“We got a couple of good goals and then it was even worse. We played too many long balls and were not connecting on passes, but a win is a win.”
Weston Ranch 3,
The Cougars (4-0, 13-2-1) scored a pair of second-half goals to pull away and remain undefeated in VOL play.
Eddie Medina scored to get Weston Ranch on the board in the first half.
Mariano Perez scored late in the game on an assist from Joseph Mayorca and Kevin Medina added a goal in stoppage time off of an assist by Jose Espinoza.
The Spartans fall to 0-4, 0-9.
East Union 2, Oakdale 2
The Lancers (2-2-1, 4-2-1) tied the score twice but could not overcome the physical nature of the game to take the lead.
“We didn’t play good at all today,” East Union coach Victor Polanco said. “They played a physical game and that took us out of our game, but at least we tied.”
After the Mustangs (2-1-2, 9-3-4) took a 1-0 lead, Eric Flores tied the game with a first-half goal. Gerardo Romero tied the score again in the second half on a 35-yard free kick.
Central Catholic 4,
The host Buffaloes (0-4-1, 3-7-1) were held scoreless in the first half at Guss Schmiedt Field.
Kevin Rodriguez got Manteca on to the board two minutes into the second half to come within 2-1 but the Raiders (2-3, 3-3) added two more goals to pull away.
The Buffaloes outshot Central Catholic 17-12.
“We were able to kind of limit their shots, but they capitalized on their opportunities,” Buffaloes coach Justin Coenenberg said. “We had more shots on goal then they had.”
Sierra 4, Kimball 1
David Huerta had a goal and an assist for the Timberwolves.
Oscar Guitron, Miguel Villasenor and Joey Barbuscia had a goal apiece for Sierra and Alexander Solano an assist.
Weston Ranch 6,
Robert Gonzalez and Antonio Rodrigues had two goals apiece for the Cougars.
Marco Martinez had a goal for Weston Ranch.