Sierra’s postseason hopes took a hit with Tuesday’s 4-3 loss at Oakdale.
The Timberwolves are now 2-4-1 at the midway point of the Valley Oak League (6-6-3 overall), and a rematch with a motivated East Union squad looms. Sierra managed to salvage a point by battling the much-favored Lancers to a 1-1 draw last Friday. They’ll meet again Thursday at East Union’s Dino Cunial Field.
“This was a game we needed,” Sierra coach Manuel Pires said. “We’re going to need somebody else to help us to move up in the standings, and we’ll need to beat the teams ahead of us. I’m sure East Union will be ready to play us Thursday night.”
Third-place Oakdale (5-2, 11-4-1) led 3-0 early in the second half before Sierra got on board. Jessica Cuenca scored twice on assists from Toree Iniguez and Patricia Angel to close the Timberwolves in. Angel also contributed to Sierra’s final score, as her free kick was deflected in by an Oakdale defender.
Jill Kahler accounted for two Oakdale goals.
East Union 8, Lathrop 0
Taylor Rose netted two goals and was one of seven Lancers (6-1-1, 13-1-1) who contributed to the attack. Isabella Cardenas, Meghan Wallace, Claudia Arevalo, Madeline Yslava, Adrieanna Wood and Bella Rivera added one each.
East Union 6, Lathrop 0
Atalie Cardenas recorded a hat trick, while Maria Andrade, Alexis Philips and Vanessa Hamilton contributed with one goal apiece.