Adib Guedoir tallied a hat trick on Thursday to help Sierra get past host Weston Ranch 4-2, giving the Cougars their first Valley Oak League loss of the season.
“He worked hard and had some really nice goals,” Sierra coach Joe Pires said of Guedoir. “Our defense was solid. Lorenzo Reyes played the whole game at goal keeper and had an outstanding game.
“As a team we played like we are capable of playing and that is how we get these victories, by playing at a high level with high pressure. We knew we needed the points after our last loss (at East Union) and now we need to step it up and take care of business.”
Guedoir scored in the 20th and 26th minutes with the first coming off of an assist from Audie Garza.
After leading 2-0 at halftime, Garza scored in the 47th minute and Guedoir again in the 55th.
Armando Garcia tallied the two goals for Weston Ranch (4-1-1 VOL, 6-1-5 overall) in the 58th and 71st minutes.
This game tightened up the VOL race significantly with the top four teams — Oakdale (4-0-2), Weston Ranch, East Union and Sierra — all within two points of each other.
“It’s probably going to come down to the last week,” Weston Ranch coach Francisco Cisneros said. “We are not worried, we are just going to have to turn the page and move on to the next one.
“As for tonight, we had some chances early and didn’t capitalize and Sierra came out and finished their chances. That was the difference in the game.”
Kimball travels to face the Cougars on Tuesday and to Sierra (4-2, 7-2) on Thursday with both games at 5:45 p.m.
East Union 6, Manteca 0
The host Lancers (4-1-2, 7-3-6) outshot Manteca (2-5, 3-7) 17-2 at Dino Cunial Field.
Alex Arroyo and Noe Martinez each tallied a pair of goals with Cristian Perez and Gabriel Gutierrez each netting a goal apiece.
Jonathan Bautista, Perez, Diego Armas, Alberto Gomez, Samuel Diaz and Manuel Garcia each had an assist.
“It was a well-rounded great game by everybody,” East Union coach Ronnie Green said. “It’s just nice to play pretty soccer.”
The Lancers junior varsity won 5-0.
On Tuesday, Manteca travels to Oakdale at 5 p.m., and East Union hosts Central Catholic at 5:45 p.m.
Ripon Christian 3, Gustine 1
GUSTINE — The Southern League game was cut 18 minutes short due to the field conditions being determined to be unsafe by the officials. The varsity boys game that was scheduled to follow was cancelled altogether.
“These young ladies showed up ready to play despite the conditions and willed their way to goals early,” Knights coach Kevin Tameling said. “The midfielders and defenders did not give Gustine a chance to turn and challenge our goal early on.”
Ripon Christian (6-0 SL, 9-4-1 overall) jumped out to an early lead when Rachel Oosterman drew a foul just outside the box and then sent in a free kick toward goal that Elle Van Wyngarden deflected in. A few minutes later Oosterman took a diagonal ball from defender Emma Kowes and sped past the defense to beat the goalkeeper one-on-one to make the score 2-0.
Gustine drew back within a goal on a counterattack late in the first half.
In the second half, Van Wyngarden extended the lead to 3-1 off of Olivia Van Vliet’s throw-in deep into the box.
The Knights travel to Orestimba on Tuesday at 4 p.m.