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TWolves come up short in penalty kicks
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After starting the Vern Gebhardt Champions Cup with a perfect run Friday, Sierra High opened up day two on fire, earning a berth into the tournament title games against the St. Mary’s Rams. After two halves of play ended in a tie, and two overtime periods, the two schools moved to a shoot out and the Rams  came away victorious with the 2011 Champions Cup.

Sierra came close to coming away with the title, converting on three of its five penalty kicks. The Rams were able to one-up them in that department, banging home four of their five shots to escape with the title.

The Timberwolves punched their ticket to the championship with an impressive 5-0 win over former Valley Oak League foe Ceres High in the main stadium. Sierra received a quality effort from junior Joanna Ortiz who turned in a two goal, two-assist performance in the pool play final.

Senior leader Stephanie Vanni also notched a goal in the win, as did Kenisha Gathan and Sydnne Canales.

Eight teams participated in this year’s Cup, with Linden, Ceres, Christian Brothers, Beyer, Kimball and Tracy all joining the two championship teams over the two days of play.

The Timberwolves closed out their nonleague run playing good soccer, helping the squad in preparation for their highly anticipated VOL opener against the Oakdale Mustangs. The Mustangs didn’t lose a game in the preseason (5-0-3), and will definitely come to Manteca ready to play.