Sierra completes unbeaten league season at Ranch
STOCKTON — Tiana Cello tallied two second-half goals to put the game away Tuesday in a 3-0 win for Sierra over host Weston Ranch in the Valley Oak League finale. The Timberwolves claimed the championship with an undefeated record.
“Those goals were the result of a great team effort,” Cello said. “We were successful in the through balls and that is what led to the goals.”
Jadyn Shinn assisted with Cello’s first goal and Jasmine Loaiza had the second assist.
Dominique Guevara got the Timberwolves (13-0-1 VOL, 22-0-2 overall) on the board in the 13th minute when she took a deflection on a pass from Karla Vazquez and blasted it into the net.
“I saw my shot and I was going to take it,” Guevara said. “We needed to get a point on the board.”
Sierra started a good number of reserves and played them most of the evening.
“We rested a lot of players who needed a rest, and that way we could play a lot of
kids who have not played that many minutes lately,” Timberwolves coach Manuel Pires said. “Now we have to focus and be prepared for whoever gets in our bracket for the playoff run. We will find out at the end of this week — hopefully Friday we will know. We just have to get everybody ready.
“I am proud of how we handled our title. We were able to go undefeated and that was a good run and now we have to be prepared.”
The Cougars (0-13-1, 3-202) played a spirited game and were led by goalkeeper Aliyah Guerrero, who had seven saves.
“This was our senior night,” Weston Ranch coach Gabe Padilla said. “I just wanted them to have fun. I asked them what position they wanted to play and I put them out there. That’s why we went through four keeper changes along the way.
“When you have fun and don’t worry about the stress you get a pretty decent result against the VOL champs.”
Sierra begins the SacJoaquin Section Division III playoffs next Wednesday at home. Lathrop 3, Kimball 0 TRACY — Kassandra Ceja scored all three goals for the Spartans (3-11-1, 6-122), who notched their first ever win over Kimball (3-91, 4-18-2). Kimball won 14 of the 15 previous meetings with Lathrop and tied once.
Jayna Rodriguez, called up from the frosh-soph squad, and Wendy Bucio set up Ceja’s first-half goals with through balls. Ceja then finished off a combination play with Sierra Rose to secure the hat trick.
Standout keeper Noelle Smith racked up 19 saves for the shutout in her final match for Lathrop.
“We let the system dictate the game and put two halves together — we haven’t done that in a while,” Lathrop coach Jose Montes said. “Usually we’d have a strong first half and then we fall apart. Overall, we played good on offense and on defense. It was a team effort, and it was nice to see us finish what we started.”
Frosh-soph Sierra 11, Weston Ranch 0
Felicia La Quaglia led the scoring barrage for the Timberwolves with a hat trick, totaling three goals.
Nicole Martin and Arianna Kurys added two goals each with Lario Pantano, Brianna Villalobos, Giulia Pantano and Payton Johnson chipping in a goal apiece.
Kaylee Dollar had an assist.
Sierra’s Clara von Armin (8) and Weston Ranch’s Natalie Boutsy (3) battle for the ball.