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TWolves reclaim lead in VOL
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The Sierra High boys soccer team is back on top of the Valley Oak League standings, but not before host Weston Ranch put a scare into the Timberwolves Monday.

Weston Ranch battled back from an early two-goal deficit and deadlocked the score by halftime, but Sierra broke it open in the second half to come away victorious, 5-2.

The win, coupled with East Union’s 3-3 tie to Manteca Monday, helped the Timberwolves (5-0-2, 11-2-2 overall) recapture first place at the midway point of the league season.

Sierra previously defeated East Union 5-1 and the rematch takes place next Monday, but first is a road match with Oakdale.

“It’s going to be a good game on Monday, but we have Oakdale next and they’re looking good lately,” Sierra coach Jose Montes said.

Dominic Alejandre scored Sierra’s first two goals with assists from Ruben Lopez and Amir Guedoir. Weston Ranch (1-6, 3-11) answered with a goal from Jonathan Portillo and another from his brother, Angel.

“You gotta give it to (Weston Ranch), they never put their heads down and kept fighting,” Montes said. “You like to see that.”

Sierra took over at the opening minute of the second half. Jose Acosta finished off a cross from Brian Ramos for the go-ahead score. Erick Noriega doubled the lead, and Jaime Rivera capped off a corner-kick play started by Acosta brothers Juan and Jose.

 “They came out (of halftime) swinging,” said Weston Ranch coach Carlos Gaspar. “They’re just a great team.”

Lathrop 2, Kimball 1

The host Spartans (3-3-1, 9-7-2) picked up a much-needed victory to stay in the hunt, closing to within a point of third-place Manteca.

Ricardo Morales broke the ice with a goal in the eighth minute before Kimball picked momentum and scored four minutes before halftime.

Lathrop recaptured control in the second half, outshooting the Jaguars 8-2 while retaking the lead in the 72nd minute with Wilmer Alvarez’s breakaway goal.

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Lathrop 3, Kimball 0

Kevin Alvarez and Caleb Ngui each contributed a goal for the Spartans.

Weston Ranch 2, Sierra 1

Yazen Saleh struck in the 26th minute for Weston Ranch (3-3-1). Rodney Ribali did well to preserve the tie at goal, as he finished with seven saves.