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Sierra blows past Vikings
Vanni racks up hat trick
Sierra’s Nicole Vanni chips it upfield and into Johansen’s penalty box. - photo by BRANDON PETERSEN/The Bulletin

It took four minutes for Mariela Pimentel to find Delaine Quaresma for Sierra High’s first score Tuesday afternoon.

That pace seemed a little sluggish eight minutes later after Nicole Vanni scored her third goal, making it 4-0.

On the way to an 8-0 home blanking of Johansen, Sierra scored seven first-half goals, played almost the entire contest exclusively in the Vikings’ zone and allowed just one shot on goal.

“Overall I thought we played really well,” Sierra head coach Manuel Pires said. “The kids were moving the ball really well. We got some good crosses and some good opportunities to put the ball in the goal, and we obviously put them away.”

Vanni scored her first goal on a breakaway, her second off Pimentel’s second assist and her third from Michaela Scott with traffic in the box.

Not to be outdone, Scott scored her own goal, as did Quaresma and Kayla Cody.

Cody’s goal, which made it 6-0 in the 34th minute, came off a deflected Joana Ortiz shot.

Ortiz, just a freshman, has impressed Pires thus far. Tuesday she won a number of one-on-ones and the shot deflected to Cody was an absolute screamer from the left wing.

She also capped the scoring with a goal in the second half.

“She’s one of those young, upcoming players,” said Pires of Ortiz. “She’s definitely looking really good right now. She’s involved and making plays, so it’s good.”

Sierra played the entire second half with most of its starters on the bench.

The T’Wolves (4-0-1) travel to Sacramento for the Folsom Tournament Friday and Saturday.

Up first is a contest with Ponderosa Friday at 3 p.m.

The T’Wolves follow it up with a match with Bella Vista starting at 9 a.m. on Saturday.

East Union 1, Lincoln 1

In rainy Stockton, East Union played its best game of the year against its toughest opponent.

Leilani Villasenior sent home the game’s first goal off a cross from Julie Lennert in the 16th minute.

The Trojans countered 13 minutes later off a penalty kick from 20 yards out.

Lennert, Rachel Bonds, Reanna Schmitt and Jesika Villegas put in an exceptional effort on the defensive end with Gianna Hedin and Ashley Espericueta (combined six saves) in net.

East Union outshot the Trojans 9-6.

“We played amazing soccer,” East Union head coach Jim Todd said. “We displayed tough play, great possession ball, good coverage in both directions; teamwork and versatility in positioning.

“It was a night-and-day difference from last week. It showed how we can play as a team.”

The road doesn’t get any easier for the Lancers, as the undefeated Ripon Indians pay a visit Friday night.

The game is tentatively scheduled to be played at Northgate Park, but it could be switched to Woodward.

Game time is scheduled for 6:30 p.m.