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Lancers take third, Sierra fourth at TWolves Cup
Marc LaRocque goes the turf to battle for a 50-50 ball during East Union’s tilt with Chavez Saturday at Sierra High. - photo by BRANDON PETERSEN
The mercury hovered around triple digits Saturday afternoon at Sierra High, where the T’Wolves boys soccer program hosted the 17th Annual Timberwolves Cup.

The T’Wolves picked up consecutive shutouts right out of the gate as Sierra beat Franklin, 2-0, in the tournament opener and followed it up with a 3-0 win over Stagg.

Sierra fell to Central Valley, 1-0, in Game 3 but despite being tied in tournament points (19) with the Hawks, Central Valley moved on to the championship round on the strength of the head-to-head tiebreaker.

In the consolation championship, Sierra fell to East Union, 5-3.

The Lancers started the tournament with a 4-0 win over Orestimba in which Alex Hernandez collected a hat trick and Brandon McGuiness added a score of his own.

East Union then blanked Sonora, 4-0, when Julio Pimentel racked up another hat trick and Juan Pablo Palomera added the cherry on top.

“Overall, we performed well,” EU head coach Clarence Goes said. “We need a little more communication, we still have to click a little better, but I was happy with the kids today.”

While East Union’s defense remains mostly intact from a season ago, the midfielders and forwards are primarily new faces this season. It showed at times Saturday.

“We had first-half problems in every game,” Goes said.

The Lancers faced eventual tournament champion Chavez in the semifinals and fell 4-2. Juan Vazquez and Pimentel found net in the loss.

Pimentel, Francois Velasquez and Victor Garibay all scored in the win over Sierra.

“Both teams were a little worn out (in the consolation championship),” Goes said. “Both were switching in and out, there was a lot of cramping. It was pretty hot, and we didn’t have many subs.”

Chavez upended Central Valley, 1-0, to take home the hardware.

East Union hosts West Thursday.

Sierra travels to St. Mary’s Wednesday.

— Brandon Petersen