Sierra com­pletes un­beaten league sea­son at Ranch

Manteca Bulletin - - Sports - By DAVE CAMP­BELL

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.

DAVE CAMP­BELL/The Bul­letin

Sierra’s Clara von Ar­min (8) and We­ston Ranch’s Natalie Boutsy (3) bat­tle for the ball.

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