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Tracy tops Sierra thanks to Olivares hat trick
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Eriq Kurys tries to ward off the sliding Hugy Picaso of Tracy while jump starting a counter attack for Sierra. - photo by Photo by WAYNE THALLANDER

TRACY — Israel Olivares notched a hat trick for Tracy in the first half Tuesday and that was enough as the Bulldogs defeated Sierra 3-2 in non-league soccer action on the back soccer field at Tracy High.

Three minutes into the game Olivares notched his first goal from the wing on a bending shot past the Timberwolves goalie for a 1-0 Tracy lead. Seven minutes later Oliveras made it 2-0 on a penalty kick.

Midway through the first half, Pedro Maciel got the Timberwolves (2-3) on the board from 15 yards out off of an assist from Athen Gonsalves  to make the score 2-1.

“I just saw the net and put it in,” Maciel said. “I thought I had the shot when the ball was coming my way.”

Olivares followed Maciel’s goal with another penalty kick to put the Bulldogs (3-0) ahead 3-1 and in the closing minutes of the first half Zimri Rico connected on a penalty kick for Sierra.

“I knew where I was going to kick it,” Rico said. “It is a little fake I use, but it works.”

Timberwolves coach Joe Pires took note of the penalty kicks and the fact he had players playing in positions they were not used to.

“We had three PKs,” coach Joe Pires said. “Two were against us and one was in our favor.

“It was a good game for us. We had three of our starters out with injuries so overall I though we battled back and forth. They dominated most of the first half and we did a little better in the second half and we had a lot of different players trying to play different spots with some of the starters out, so it is still a work in progress.”

Tracy outshot Sierra 15-7, and Sierra goalie Sal Aguiniga made seven saves.

The frosh-soph teams played to a 1-1 tie. Chris Cortez scored for Sierra early in the game on an assist from Gerardo Sanchez.