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SOCCER: Sierra, Weston Ranch boys set up first-place battle
Mountain House-Lathrop girls soccer
Isa Paniagua of Lathrop leads the breakaway against Mountain House in a home match Wednesday. - photo by Wayne Thallander

The stage is set for the Sierra and Weston Ranch boys soccer teams to meet in a first-place battle Friday after both teams won their latest Valley Oak League contests.

On Wednesday at Daniel Teicheira Memorial Stadium, Sierra blanked Central Catholic 3-0. Jorge Reyes played a part in every goal, scoring two of them and assisting the other to Ezana Ghezae. Gerrit DeRuyter also had an assist.

The Timberwolves (5-0 VOL, 11-1-1 overall) have won six straight and will host Weston Ranch starting at 6:45 p.m.


Weston Ranch 3, Oakdale 1

After tying East Union on Monday, the Cougars (4-0-1, 14-3-3) fell out of their first-place tie with Sierra in the VOL but have a chance to take over sole possession of the top spot.

They first had to get past a dangerous Oakdale (2-3, 7-9-1) team Wednesday. The Ranch did so in decisive fashion, netting all three of its goals in a 10-minute span. Josemaria Barrera struck in the 36th and 43rd minutes, then assisted Alexis Chavez’s tally in the 46th. Angel Zapata and Chavez each contributed an assist.


Lathrop 1, Mountain House 0

The Spartans (3-3-1, 5-8-4) picked up an important win Wednesday, keeping themselves in the postseason hunt out of the crowded Western Athletic Conference.

The difference was Oliver Hernandez’s goal in the 45th minute, as he rebounded a deflected shot from Jeorge Garcia. Ociel Mora attempted six of Lathrop’s 15 shots.

First-place Ceres visits on Friday.



Mountain House-Lathrop girls soccer
Mountain House Lathrop Pic 1 — Lathrop forward Aryana Jones bursts ahead of the Mountain House defense on a breakaway Wednesday at Bennie Gatto Field. - photo by Wayne Thallander

Ripon 5, Hughson 0

Olivia Maragos recorded a brace, and Maddie Winter assisted two goals, as the Indians (5-0, 16-3 overall) rolled to another Trans-Valley League triumph at Stouffer Field on Wednesday.

Jaydin Kroutil and Katie Martin each contributed one goal and an assist. Natalie Johnson scored once. Kaitlyn Espinoza had an assist. Peyton Naranjo picked up the clean sheet in goal.


Mountain House 4, Lathrop 2

Isa Paniagua and Morgan Panko scored a goal each for Lathrop (4-4 WAC, 6-9 overall).


Junior varsity boys

Sierra 9, Central Catholic 0

Diego Lopez and Anthony Napoles netted two goals apiece.

Noah Ofman, Diego Casillas, Ethan Fraser, Alex Sanchez and Oscar Guzman


Mountain House 5, Lathrop 2

Anthony Cuellar scored on a free kick and assisted Cesar Gutierrez’s goal, but it wasn’t enough for Lathrop in the WAC defeat.


Junior varsity girls

Lathrop 8, Mountain House 0

Janessa Ward amassed five goals, while Allana Lewis had two in the blowout win. They each also had an assist. Mya Grisham contributed an assist, and Krystal Banuelos notched a goal.