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SOCCER: Sierra clinches at least a share of 5th straight VOL crown
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Jocelin Roa added two more goals to her area-leading total on Thursday, helping Sierra secure at least a share of its fifth straight Valley Oak League championship with a 3-0 win at Central Catholic.

The Timberwolves (10-1-1, 15-4-2 overall) can get the outright crown if rival Manteca ties or loses one of its final two games of the regular season. East Union stunned Manteca with a late goal Thursday night to force a 2-2 draw and take the Buffaloes out of the running for sole possession of the title.

“I’m very happy for our senior group to be part of another Valley Oak League championship,” Sierra coach Manuel Pires said.

Roa ends the regular season with 37 points and 13 assists, and her 89 points is ranked second in the Sac-Joaquin Section, according to MaxPreps. Sierra’s second goal on Thursday came on a fortunate deflection off a Central Catholic defender after Lindsey Rose sent a dangerous free kick into the box.

Sierra had chances expand its lead throughout the match, finishing with 18 shot attempts. Goalkeeper Annika Beal preserved the shutout with four saves.

“This was a great game,” Pires said. “We’re really playing great as a team right now. I’m proud of the way our girls stepped on the field for 80 minutes against a tough opponent, one fighting for a playoff berth.”

Central Catholic (4-5-2, 6-9-3) is a point behind East Union for the fourth and final available postseason berth in the VOL. The Raiders can sneak in with an upset of Manteca on Saturday in their regular-season finale.

 

Ripon Christian 1, Mariposa 1

Freshman Anika Dyt came through with about 10 minutes left in the game in the Southern Athletic League road match, getting the finishing touch during a scramble in front of the goal.

The equalizer keeps Ripon Christian (9-0-2, 16-4-3 overall) ahead of Mariposa (9-2-1) in the SAL table. The Knights close out the regular season with two straight contests against Le Grand, needing to win one of the two to secure the league title. They host the Bulldogs on Friday and head to Le Grand on Monday.

 

Mountain House-Lathrop boys soccer
Lathrop High seniors Estevan Guzman, Gursehajpal Singh, Jesus Sanchez, Alec Marquez Estrada, Axel Mora, Omar Rodriguez, Hector Arrivillaga and Anthony Gonzalez were honored at Bennie Gatto Field on Wednesday when they played their final home game. - photo by Contributed
VARSITY BOYS

Lathrop 1, Mountain House 1

The Spartans (5-6-2 Western Athletic Conference, 7-11-5 overall) sent out their eight seniors with a well-earned draw in the team’s home finale. They end the season next Monday at Los Banos.

Montgomery Carey pushed Mountain House (4-7-3, 7-9-4) ahead in the first half, but Lathrop was able to neutralize the standout forward for the rest of the contest.

Cesar Ambriz provided the equalizer for Lathrop after receiving a through pass from Ociel Mora. Senior Gursehajpal Singh started the scoring sequence. Lathrop finished with 14 shots and had goals from Jesus Sanchez and Ambriz called back to offsides.

Senior keeper Estevan Guzman had six saves in the first half, while freshman Josue Navarro notched four in the second half.